How did you feel when you woke up this morning?
Maybe you were tired, or weary, or perhaps even sad. Sometimes life can be stressful, and it can be difficult getting up in the morning knowing you have a whole day of work ahead of you until you can just relax.
Motivation can be fickle—sometimes you wake up and feel on top of your game, ready to take on the day, and sometimes you just want to curl up under the sheets and stay there.
But don’t stay in bed! There are ways to wake up motivated and ready to take on the world. Follow these tips and see if they perk you up when you get out of bed every day.
How to Wake Up Motivated Every Day
1. Make a sweet playlist
Make a playlist of songs that pump you up or inspire you so you can listen to them in the morning as you’re getting ready. Not only will you make your morning routine more fun, but you’ll get motivation to keep on going.
Plus, having a pump-up song stuck in your head all day makes everything you do cooler. (I once had “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan stuck in my head for a solid week, and I swear I got more done that week than I have in ages.)
Related: The Power of Positive Thinking
2. Take time to appreciate your accomplishments
This seems like an easy, if not natural, thing to do—but there are many people who don’t stop to appreciate how far they’ve come before they start rushing to the next task on their to-do list. Feeling proud of what you’ve done is a great feeling, and you deserve it!
If you feel proud of what you’ve done, you’ll feel motivated to keep on going every day so you can keep on feeling that again and again. Each day when you wake up, think about some of your accomplishments and let that feeling push you to do more each day.
3. Make a bedside collage
Cut out or print pictures of everything that inspires you—quotes, images, people, whatever gets you going. Make a collage, whether it’s tiny or massive, and put it next to your bed. That way, you’ll go to bed and wake up looking at your inspirations so you’ll be reminded to stay motivated.
Who knows—maybe you’ll even dream of some good ideas to help you get ahead.
Related: The Power of Expectation
4. Keep a journal
Keep a daily journal that you can write in at least twice daily. Keep it next to your bed (maybe next to your collage for double motivation!) so you can write about what you accomplished that day before you go to bed, or just general thoughts you’re having about your goal—and you can write what you plan to accomplish as soon as you wake up.
It sounds crazy, but writing it down will help keep you focused!
5. Get the housework done at night
This might sound trivial, but think about it—even if you wake up the most motivated you’ve ever been, all of that goes out the window when you walk into the kitchen and see a big sink full of smelly dishes. Clutter can be overwhelming and can take your mind off your goal.
Get your place clean at night so you can wake up motivated and ready to go!
6. Let yourself recharge
It’s great to be determined, but that doesn’t mean you need to work and work 24/7. You need time to recharge, or you’ll wind up burnt out—and there’s no way to be productive when you’re burnt out. If you’re starting to get stressed, give yourself an evening of rest and relaxation so you can wake up feeling motivated and ready to go.
The fastest way to rid yourself of any motivation is to have negative thoughts. Positive thinking is unbelievably powerful and is essential to waking up motivated every day. Don’t let yourself be your biggest hurdle—be your own ally so you can stay focused on the task at hand.
Related: How to Stop Negative Self-Talk
How do some people seem to wake up motivated?
Here’s the secret: even if motivation seems like a dangling carrot just out of your reach, in reality, it is always within your reach—from the very moment you open your eyes in the morning. By making a pump-up playlist, appreciating your accomplishments, making a bedside collage, keeping a journal, getting housework done at night, letting yourself recharge, and thinking positively, you can hop out of bed feeling ready to take on the world.
Photo by eflon
Originally posted 12/2013 and updated 12/2014.