Finding my Mom Motivation

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Finding My Motivation

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve backed a lot off my blog this year. One big reason was lack of motivation and just feeling burnt out. I needed some time off to clear my head. Another reason was that sometimes I just wasn’t sure what to write about. I’ve been thinking about what I could share for almost a month and I just kept hitting dead ends. Normally I can sit and just write and it just flows. So many times, I’ve opened my computer and started a new post only to sit and stare at my screen. Then it hit me yesterday. If I’ve struggled with motivation day to day, why not share what gives me motivation on days that I can’t seem to find it. Being a mom is exhausting and there are going to be days that you just don’t get a lot done. If the kids are fed and happy though, that’s what matters. Here are a few ideas on how to get your mom motivation and mojo back.

 

Finding Motivation

 

1. Make a to-do list: This is key for me. I invested in a physical Erin Condren planner that keeps me more organized and I write down a to-do list. I keep it fairly simple and don’t give myself 15 tasks. I might write down 1 cleaning chore, my exercise and one or two other things that I have to get done.

 

2. Exercise: I know that right about now, you are saying you don’t have time or the energy. If you make time to even go for a brisk walk with your kids for 15 minutes a day, you WILL feel better and have more motivation. I always get more accomplished on the days that I exercise. Make small goals and do 15 minutes 3 days a week. Set a goal for yourself to be able to run a mile or do 50 crunches.

 

3. Prioritize: What is most important in your day? Does a load of laundry trump playing with your child? For me, it does not. Let go and realize that your kids aren’t going to be around forever. Use nap time or down time when they are possibly doing puzzles or watching a show to get a few things done.

 

Mom Motivation

 

4. Energy Shot: I know, it sounds terrible to be using energy shots, but occasionally I will use them when I’ve been up a lot during the night or just don’t have any motivation. I don’t drink coffee and recently gave up soda for the most part so sometimes an energy shot is just what I need. You can also find ones that don’t have caffeine but a blend of b vitamins that are a nice boost.

 

5. GO TO BED EARLY! I work until midnight 2-3 nights a week, so it is inevitable on those nights that I am going to go to bed late. I notice that I’m generally lacking energy the next day when I don’t get enough sleep. I don’t get a lot done, don’t have the energy to play with my kids, look forward to nap time and generally make bad food choices when I’m tired. There is a world of difference for me when I’ve gotten 8-9 hours of sleep. My attitude is even different!

 

6. Learn When to Unplug: We live in a generation where we are slaves to technology. I feel like freaking out if I forget my phone when I go to the grocery store. Try not taking your phone to the store with you or put it on silent for the afternoon so that you can spend time with your kids. I am getting a little bit better at this one, but it’s hard. I am finding that I get so much more done and have more motivation when I am not sucked into electronics on and off all day. A lot of times, I get on to check e-mail or Facebook and find myself still on 30 minutes later. Seriously, learn when to unplug. That has been another reason I have stepped away from my blog and I feel like the break has been refreshing.

 

7. Remember There is Always Tomorrow: Some days, I get nothing done. I’m tired, I spend too much time on my phone, and my house is a disaster. We eat fast food for dinner, I polish off a package of Oreos and don’t get my exercise in. The kids might be whining or fighting a lot. Those days WILL happen. It doesn’t make you a bad mom. Go to bed, sleep it over and start fresh the next day. Don’t beat yourself up if you have days that you aren’t motivated. We are all human, we have them!

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    I remember feeling the lack of motivation when the kids were younger. Nowadays they pretty much do what they want and don’t listen so it’s become more frustration sometimes. Still love them though.
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