on staying motivated

This week has been rather busy, busier than usual as last minute changes have manipulated already organized and packed schedules, but that is the beauty of staying happy. For me it is at least. With life a bit on the go lately with lots of travel, late days at the office and early mornings at the gym, it seems easy motivation can dwindle away. And so a few of my personal tips on staying motivated… 
{music}
As mentioned before, music has always been quite dear to me especially because I am a trained dancer. Music is more than a medley, but a little something to help me calm down and re-energize. Depending on the type of work I’m trying to complete, I play music that can influence me. I prefer to listen to a collection of Holley Maher, Yuna and the like whilst blogging…
{change of scenery}
I was one who sat in the library hours upon hours slaving away at the computer whilst writing dissertation. Zero breaks and endless cups of coffee. The next day was and the day after was a repeat. Frustration would ooze out of me. Though I found that simple changes like moving to a cafe or sitting under the sun would birth new perspectives and refresh my mind. 
{on staying motivated} via chevrons & éclairs

{bring the cafe home}
Though if times are pressed or it’s just too late to visit a local cafe establishment or sometimes it’s just too quiet to get yourself fueled and ready to get through your to-do list and manage to get things sorted, you can bring the cafe home with coffitivity. A website and mobile app designed to bring a little white noise to your work station.

{five essentials on staying motivated} via chevrons & éclairs

{stay organized}
I’m sure this is on everyone’s list. As you know blogging full time is something I do with working in a completely different field full time. And once upon a time, I was blogging whilst in graduate school. I go through many, many emails asking about my routine and daily schedule, as I seem to be someone who can simply do it all. This is not the case, but I do try to stay active and continue meeting my goals. And so I have a post for this very purpose, on staying organized.
{avoid routine}
This is by far the most important and most neglected piece of advice. As mentioned above that I was one who visited the library, the same desk, the same chair daily and didn’t produce the work I was hoping for. Avoid routine by changing your schedule this goes for in daily activities like at the gym, working in different locations, and remember to always take some time off.

I’m always curious to know, what are your best and well-kept tips on staying motivated?

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{all photos by chevrons & éclairs and c&é x instagram}

  • I didn’t kwnow about Coffitivity but it’s such a pleasant discovery! Agree with everything else as well!

    x Giada | Miel Café

    • Oh let me know how you like it! I get so much work done with that app. You can even add music to it in the background. x

  • I didn't kwnow about Coffitivity but it's such a pleasant discovery! Agree with everything else as well!

    x Giada | Miel Café

  • That’s brilliant!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Your blog is lovely! 🙂

    http://cups-and-roses.blogspot.gr/

  • That's brilliant!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Your blog is lovely! 🙂

    http://cups-and-roses.blogspot.gr/

  • i definitely struggle to work in the same place, although i did successfully get through all exams studying in exact same spot, it got quite nice seeing the same faces every day

    • Ah! I did the same when writing my dissertation. Same computer, desk, chair and everything. One of my friends sat in a section next to mine so we weren’t distracted to talk, but also had someone close by if we needed a quick break. Hope your exams went well! x

  • i definitely struggle to work in the same place, although i did successfully get through all exams studying in exact same spot, it got quite nice seeing the same faces every day

  • Such great tips! I’m trying to start blogging while also working full time and it can be so hard to fit everything in. It’s really impressive that you manage to do both so well!
    xo
    http://frivolousandfun.com/

    • Oh PLEASE let me know how it goes… I basically do the same and blogged whilst in graduate school. I did a lot of prep ahead of time, but it would be nice to hear what your tricks are! Have a lovely day, Margaret! x

  • Such great tips! I'm trying to start blogging while also working full time and it can be so hard to fit everything in. It's really impressive that you manage to do both so well!
    xo
    http://frivolousandfun.com/

  • Androbel

    first of all… love your sofa!! so stylish.

    mmmm I stay motivated by keeping busy and always looking on ways to improve 🙂

    reading blogs also motivates me a looot!

    Xo, Belen

    Androbel new post!

  • Androbel

    first of all… love your sofa!! so stylish.

    mmmm I stay motivated by keeping busy and always looking on ways to improve 🙂

    reading blogs also motivates me a looot!

    Xo, Belen

    Androbel new post!

  • Mon

    great photos.
    im a list girl myself, if i see something on there long enough i know i need to kick into action!

    mon | http://www.monsemble.ca

  • Mon

    great photos.
    im a list girl myself, if i see something on there long enough i know i need to kick into action!

    mon | http://www.monsemble.ca

  • Great tips! It seems that lately it’s been super easy for me to get bogged down and feeling generally unmotivated. Music is a big pick me up for me too, as well as blogging. Maybe because I don’t blog full-time and it’s more of a hobby for me that it allows me to de-stress and refresh myself through putting me creativity out there instead of keeping it locked inside. It’s also go therapy for those days it seems that you can barely get through!

  • Such great tips! And I love how avoiding routines can really get you out of a rut.

  • Gorgeous pictures as always! These past 2 weeks I’ve been putting some classic/elevator/sundaymorning-esque playlists while I work, it definitely keeps me focused :)! X

    | http://www.noirettediary.com |

    • Thank you so much Siham 🙂 Oh please do share your playlist! That would be lovely! x

      • I haven’t made one myself, I just search keywords like “instrumental” lol!

  • Sabbie Narwal

    Change of scenery—I’m all about that 🙂 Even if it just means sitting on top of a really high chest of drawers to work, I’m forever trying out different places to think from! (Seriously gorgeous photography, by the way!!)

    • Haha, I do the same thing. Even changing up the usual place you sit on your sofa. So happy you enjoyed the photos, what an honor! x

  • Music has always inspired and motivated me too!

    evelinkivi.blogspot.com

  • such great tips. i find inspirational quotes and switching up my routine to be the most motivating for me!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

    • ah quotes! I didn’t even think of that. My 6th grade English teacher used to do that, change up the weekly quote to inspire us 🙂 x

  • I believe the most effective motivation boost is the change of scenery. For me, sitting at home for the whole day is a complete catastrophe – I get clinged to computer (don’t even mention Pinterest) and never seem to get off. Even a short trip to a local market can boost your motivation a great deal.

    Take care!
    http://rjogi.blogspot.com

    • Hahaha! You’re a girl after my own heart. Have you ever been lost on the Pinterest vortex on your phone? Now that’s tragic business. Thanks for the comment, Reelika! Hope to see you and your wit around more 🙂 x