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Overcome Burn-out and Stay Motivated

2 Mar

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” -Wayne Dyer

One of the things I enjoy most about being a life coach is helping others outline their goals and then watching as they achieve them. There’s no better feeling than setting out to accomplish something and then actually accomplishing it.  Earlier in the year I shared my goal setting process with you so I just wanted to check in and see how you’re doing with your own goals. It’s March 1st, which means that 1/3 of our year has already gone by. I’m not telling you this to set you into a frenzy. There’s still plenty of time left to keep working on the goals you’ve set for yourself and make 2010 rock your socks.  If you’re truckin’ along, Great – That’s Awesome! But maybe you’re feeling a little stuck. It can be hard to stay motivated and not get burned out. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re trying to achieve big goals.

  1. Create & Track Milestones –  Working towards a large goal can be overwhelming and it can be easy to get frustrated and give up when you don’t think you’re moving the needle. Acknowledge when you make it to smaller milestones. If there aren’t any small milestones – make them up. If one of your goals is to run a marathon, start keeping track of when you successfully complete each mile.  Running 1 more mile each week sounds a lot more manageable than running 26.2 miles.
  2. Stay Focused on Your Compelling Vision – It’s a lot easier to tackle tough goals if you know it all fits into your overarching compelling vision. What’s your big “why?” Losing 20 pounds doesn’t sound like fun but if you know that losing 20 pounds fits into your long term compelling vision of being healthy and feeling great about yourself, it makes it a bit easier.
  3. Be Realistic – Make sure that your ultimate goal is realistic. Maybe the reason you are facing burn-out is because you are trying to achieve the impossible. Make sure you’ve set appropriate timelines for yourself.  Setting a way too aggressive goal for yourself does nothing but bring disappointment.
  4. Give Yourself a Break – We’ve all done it – We set a goal up for ourselves that we’re so excited about, we never want to stop working on it. Make sure that you take a break from what you’re working on. Taking a step back from your project or goal from time to time will help you re-energize and you’ll feel much more refreshed when you pick it back up again.
  5. Get A Buddy – If you are repeatedly getting stuck, reach out to others who may be working on similar goals. Creating an accountability group can help get you through you’re burn-out phase. It’ll also give you the added bonus of having a built-in cheering section.

Ultimately, when you’re feeling a bit unmotivated you just need to learn to power through. I’m hoping the above tips can help you get going again.

Feel free to let me know what you’re working on and what you’ve accomplished in the comments section. I promise that this will be a safe place for you to brag about all that you’ve achieved so far!

Until Next Time,


Need some more help getting motivated? Here’s some additional reading on Goal-Setting, Procrastination, and Setting The Bar Too High


Friday Wrap-up: It’s The Weekend, Time To Watch The Olympics Edition

20 Feb

Happy Friday Everyone! Hopefully you’ve all recovered from your 3 day weekend last week and are back into the full swing of things.  Here are a couple of links that caught my eye that I wanted to share with you.

4 Simple Principles to Getting to Completion – Easy steps for getting you to ‘done.’  If you need more help with procrastinating you can also check out my 7 Tips.

How to Fight for Your Happiness – This may sound counter-intuitive but sometimes you have to fight to be happy

Don’t wait for love: 10 ways to love yourself now – Because if you don’t love yourself, who will?

15 signs it may be time for a career change – I remember feeling a lot of these signs. I’m sure you will relate to this if you feel stuck in a no fun job

It Starts With Us – I stumbled upon this great site with a really cool concept. They deliver a simple mission each week that takes less than 15 minutes to complete. If we all do our small part to complete the task, we’ll be one step closer to a better world. This week’s mission is to reconnect with an old friend – love it!

There you have it people, my Friday Wrap-up. Have a fabulous weekend!

Until Next Time,


7 Tips to Nip Procrastination in a Bud

30 Dec

A year from now you may wish you had started today.  ~Karen Lamb

So I got an email recently from Amina, one of my readers, asking to do a post on procrastination. So what did I do? I procrastinated. I started to write down notes of what I wanted to post but that soon turned into a to-do list. Then I opened up wordpress so that I can just start writing and somehow I ended up on Twitter.  Procrastination is a common problem. Whether you’re a chronic procrastinator or you’re just paralyzed by an overwhelming task,  procrastination can throw a serious wrench in your productivity. Here are 7 tips for nipping procrastination in a bud.

  1. Prioritize It – Sometimes we procrastinate because we’re trying to take on too many things at once. When a task comes across your desk prioritize it immediately. Either Do It Now, Delegate It, Dump It or Defer It. And by defer, I mean to schedule a future time to work on it.
  2. Take Baby Steps – One of the common reasons for procrastination is that your goal is overwhelming and you’re not sure where or how to start. Break large tasks into simpler, smaller steps and tackle those one by one. It’s easier to get started if you are looking at tiny speed bumps rather than a huge mountain
  3. Determine your Peak Hours – Some of us our morning people while others do our best work in the middle of the night. Take advantage of when you naturally have the most energy to tackle your hardest tasks.
  4. Schedule It – Write it down in your planner or type it into your blackberry. Schedule the specific time when you will work on this task and this task along. If it helps, schedule the individual action step. So instead of scheduling ‘work on my manuscript’ (<– big, scary task) write in ‘write 2,000 words.’ (<– smaller, totally doable task).
  5. Put It Out There – I find that if I tell someone about what I’m working towards, it makes it easier to complete it. Heaven forbid other people think I’m a slacker! Or ask for their support. If you’ve been putting something off for the longest, find an accountability buddy who can check in on you and help push you to completion.
  6. Reward Yourself – Who doesn’t love a little reward. Give yourself a pat on the back as you finish each task. Plan a treat for yourself once you complete the task. It’s easier to stay motivated if you know you have a fun little treat waiting on the other side.
  7. Stop Being a Perfectionist – I had a life coach tell me once that Done was better than Perfect. I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes we procrastinate because we are trying to do something perfectly. But oftentimes it’s easier to just get something done and then go back and re-adjust later.

So there you have it. My 7 tips for conquering procrastination. I hope this helps! And if anyone has any questions or issues they’d like me to address on the blog, go ahead and shoot me an email (nblades@gmail.com) or tweet me (@PolkaDotCoach). I’m always looking for new topics to explore.