Where Can I Find My Mojo?
The Art of Forward Planning to Increase Motivation
by LINDA LIEBE
We’ve all been there… lost that oomph, the drive to get up and finish (or maybe even start) the day’s activities. That project that needs doing, the blog that needs writing, or those dishes that need washing. Let’s face it, there are times when even the smallest task is a challenge to get started. So what are the causes for this? And most important of all, what can you do about it?
More often than not, burn out can be the leading cause for misplacing your Mojo. Working long hours, not taking time off, raising a family, running a household, ignoring your own needs – all of these factors can play a role in many women (and men) losing the motivation, energy and drive to complete tasks they set themselves. Be they tasks you have set for your home, family, business or even yourself, feeling worn out and tired will leave you less likely to complete your daily goals – your Mojo will be gone.
So what can we do about it? Interestingly enough, overcoming Mojo-loss has a lot to do with forward planning and thinking ahead. Most of the symptoms can be easily avoided by paying attention to your body’s needs and signals. Visualising your day the night before is also a great way to help ensure you keep your Mojo levels high. At Vivid Graphics we follow these seven simple steps to help our Mojo stay, not run away. We hope you find them helpful too…
1. Drink plenty of water
I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before… but it’s true. Drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated, improve brain function and minimise feeling lethargic and tired. Have a water bottle on hand all day and sip from it regularly.
FORWARD PLANNING: Half fill your water bottle and pop it in the freezer the night before. Fill it the rest of the way the next morning and you will have a refreshing, cool drink by your side, ready to go.
2. Organise your thoughts
Write it down, plan it out – create a “thought organiser” by writing a schedule or list of tasks and goals you would like to complete for the day. Be realistic in how much time you allocate to each task and leave time for rests and breaks. Some lists may need to be completed over a number of days – this is OK. You don’t need to complete everything in one go – don’t overwhelm yourself!
FORWARD PLANNING: Take a few minutes the night before to plan your day. Write a schedule that includes times you will start each task and when you expect to complete said task. Don’t forget to factor in some break times.
When you go to bed in the evening, take a few quiet moments before you nod off to visualise what you will do the next day. Picture yourself tackling and completing each task successfully. Visualise what the task will look like when it’s finished (for example, if your goal is to organise your office space, picture what it will look like when you’re done).
FORWARD PLANNING: Complete your thought organiser or schedule for the next day, then briefly read over it before you turn out the light.
4. Eat Well
Eating well to fuel your brain and body is an important factor in ensuring your Mojo hangs around. Gwenda Smith, a leading Holistic Health and Fitness expert from Shapechanger Wellness and Health Centre recommends eating natural, unprocessed foods which will boost brain function, concentration and energy levels. Foods high in salt, sugar and additives will clog the body and sap you of energy, creating a Mojo void.
FORWARD PLANNING: Pack a healthy lunch box and put it in the fridge the night before. Include your morning tea and afternoon tea snacks. Do this even if you work from home – this ensures you don’t have to “think” about what to eat while you’re working.
Factor breaks into your day to allow your Mojo to recoup. Make a cup of tea (or coffee) and sit quietly for 10 minutes every few hours. Stay away from stimulating gadgets such as computers, televisions or electronic devices (such as smart phones, gaming consoles etc.). The idea is to let your brain switch off for a little while and allow your body to relax. You will feel refreshed and able to keep going when you return to your work.
FORWARD PLANNING: Factor your break times into your “thought organiser” or schedule for the day. Stick to the breaks! Your work can wait 10 minutes… don’t get caught in the trap of “I’ll just finish this…” – you can “just finish it” after your break!
6. Enjoy yourself
How does the saying go? “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” Well, yes it does. Factor some family or fun time (or both) into every day. Do something that you enjoy, reward yourself! Paint, draw, read, play, walk, talk – whatever it is that is enjoyable to you, do it! Your Mojo will love it and stick around for tomorrow!
FORWARD PLANNING: Make a date with yourself, a friend or a family member to do something you enjoy at the end of the day. Add it to your schedule the night before. It will give you something to look forward to!
Sleep – the most overlooked and underrated task in our day-to-day lives. Without enough sleep the brain can’t function at its full capacity, our immune system is lowered, our thought processes slow down and our body feels lethargic. Worst of all, our Mojo leaves us. Regardless of what is happening, a regular bedtime is a MUST. Your body needs sleep to rest, regenerate and recuperate – and the best sleep happens BEFORE midnight! So whatever it is you’re doing – when it comes to bedtime, STOP… put it to the side. The task will still be there tomorrow! Add it to your schedule for the next day and go to bed!
FORWARD PLANNING: Pick a bedtime and stick with it. Schedule your day to fit with this bedtime! Switch off electronic stimuli at least half an hour before you plan on going to bed. Wind down by reading a book, listening to gentle music or meditating. Aim to get at least 8 hours sleep. Sweet dreams!