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Sometimes, we find ourselves lacking motivation, even to do the things we love. I've been there recently, and I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me to regain a little motivation again. I don't claim to be an expert in this area. My motivation for different things comes and goes during different seasons of my life, but I have found these tips to be helpful, recently.

1. Define your goals and be specific. To be truly motivated to do anything, I believe you need to have specific goals in mind. Why are you doing what you're doing? What are you trying to achieve? Without this purpose, you will find you constantly get side-tracked and lose motivation. With specific goals in mind that you can check-off along the way, you'll feel more in control and overall more motivated about your work.

2. Create a plan to achieve those goals. A goal is only a dream, until you create a plan and put that plan in place to achieve it. Once you've developed a plan of action, you'll know what each day needs to hold, in order to achieve your goals, whether small or overarching. Speaking of what each day should hold, leads to my next point.

3. Develop a routine. A good plan of action will have specific time set aside each day for accomplishing your goals. For example with blogging, I need to plan out times to write, edit photos, photograph content, and create Instagram content. When I first started, I had to develop a routine around doing these things, so that I could make sure I completed them each day.

4. Create a calming workspace. I love going to write blog content, because it's a place where I can be creative. It's the place where the ideas I've had in my mind about blogging can come to life, and I love seeing that happen. Having a special place where you can work makes a huge difference in your productivity and the outcome of your work.

5. Recognize progress and improvements and celebrate those successes. Each improvement won't be a huge milestone. Sometimes small progress and minor improvements need to be celebrated, just to keep us motivated, especially when things seem stagnant or stale. Don't be afraid to celebrate small successes and recognize when you're improving your work.

6. Develop ways to cope when you lack motivation. This one is tough for me. I'm generally a pretty motivated person, but when I lack motivation, I often don't want to look to myself to get motivated again. But, you know better than anyone what will help keep you on track. Maybe it's taking a break from your work to go for a run. Maybe it's refocusing on a different aspect of your work for a while, if there is a specific part that's frustrating you. Whatever it is, find whatever you need to do to cope with flagging motivation, and do that!

7. Have fun! Nothing sucks the joy out of something faster than believing it's not fun. If you find that you're no longer having fun with your work, find ways to make it fun. Each task won't be the most fun thing you've done all week, but if you keep the bigger picture in mind, and you truly enjoy the progress you're seeing, I believe it will continue to be fun for you, overall.

I hope that you found some of these tips to be helpful, and that you can find YOUR motivation again! Even if you're not feeling particularly unmotivated, right now, I hope these tips can help you to gain a clearer perspective on why you're doing the work you choose to do. I hope you guys have a wonderful day, and as always, thank you for reading!
Jessica

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  1. These are such great tips, Jessica. Especially the have fun one. That's the one I tend to forget because I get so serious about the actions!!
    As for the dress, it's stunning. You have such great style!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie! I'm struggling lately. I dont "grow" as fast as others, but I try not to cheat my way, either, so I'm trying to stay motivated to do it right. It can be hard. I'm glad you found some encouragement!

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  2. what a beautiful dress, Jessica! I really love these tips, especially the define goals one. I think it's important to remind yourself what you want to do something in the first place, otherwise it's kinda impossible to focus on it! x
    have a lovely day!

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    1. Completely agree! Thank you so much for the kind words! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  3. Thanks for sharing these tips! A calm workspace is so important! This dress is spectacular on you!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  4. Hi Jessica
    I love your dress its so feminine you look so stylish a real pro blogger.
    Xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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  5. What a cute little party dress, and I love your glitter clutch! Thanks for sharing your tips too :)

    Hope that your week is going well so far and you have a nice weekend planned :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thank you, Mica! It's been awesome so far! I hope your weekend has been fun too!

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  6. This is such a cute dress. I love the shoes!
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    1. Thank you, Nerline! You're so sweet, and I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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  7. wow so fabulous dress- you look so shiny

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    1. Shiny is my favorite! Thank you so much, Karolina!

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you're having a great weeekend!

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  9. This dress is absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Kathrine! You're so kind! Hope you have a nice Sunday!

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  10. I am loving that dress! So beautiful! I also love everything you said about staying motivated. I defiantly struggle with that!

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    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! Yesterday was so fun, and definitely motivating!

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  11. What a beautiful read dear. Also, that dress is absolutely gorgeous on you! Loving the details, such a pretty look!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! I really enjoyed creating those post!

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  12. Another amazing blog post thanks for sharing

    jadieegosh

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    1. Thank you, Jadie! I hope you're having a great Sunday!

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  13. These are great ways to stay motivated. I especially like the point about celebrating your successes (even the small ones) as it's something that I struggle with a lot, but makes me feel so much better when I do so.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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    1. Definitely! Sometimes we forget to celebrate the small progress along the way, but it all counts!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cielo! Hope you're having a great Sunday!

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  15. Nice outfit. This posts has really compiled some important points. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. And have a support group made up of the best friends ever! So grateful for you and Michelle and the way you motivate and encourage! Love this!!
    XOXO,
    Laura

    www.blogilluminate.com

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    1. Oh so helpful! Really! Thank you so much, Laura! Yesterday was so fun!

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    1. Thank you so much, Regine! I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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  18. These are all really great tips Jessica! Having goals and knowing why you are doing something are two very important things when it comes to motivation. I'll be saving this for next time I'm not feeling motivated!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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    1. So true, Kara! Thank you so much, and I hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

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  19. Tips #1 and 2 are definitely crucial! Love your feminine outfit by the way!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeanne! I hope you're having a great Monday!

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  20. OMG! That dress! I can't stop looking at it--the details are perfection! Thank you for this post! I really needed to read this and this is one of the reasons why I am grateful for this platform. Thank you for the inspiration! I hope you had a lovely weekend! ♥
    PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely!! I hope your Monday's going well, and I definitely agree about this community - so good!

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  21. such an adorable floral dress! The true feeling of spring! )


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    1. Yes! Thank you so much, Olga! Hope you have a great week!

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  22. Great tips, Jessica! You're right! Sometimes, it's difficult to get motivated. Love your dress, by the way! :)

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