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Reading another post on here, it seems a lot of us are finding it hard to get motivated this lockdown. What are your ways to help yourself get going? I read in a magazine a few years ago that one way is to tell yourself that you'll do something for 10 minutes then stop. I do this with housework tasks and it works well. I often find I do it for longer than 10 minutes. It's the getting started that's hardest.

Grannyclock
2 months ago
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boepeep
boepeep2 months ago

Mindfulness. I tend to look at myself from the outside- in. I usually do this when I feel vacant on the inside. After recognizing why you feel the way you do and refuse to feel depleted you pull yourself back out of that rut and push through. It's all about the mental state. Doing something everyday you enjoy, even if it's so small - makes the world of difference.

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

boepeep I’ve never tried mindfulness so I should do a bit of research on it.

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cocolgooh
cocolgooh2 months ago

It’s music all the way for me. I can motivate myself to do just about anything with the right music.

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

cocolgooh good idea. My husband listens to the news in the morning but I would much prefer Classic fm.

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cocolgooh
cocolgooh2 months ago

Grannyclock My household are the same - always putting the news on when I’d prefer music!

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Yoola
Yoola2 months ago

I give my head a wobble and remind myself there are 100k+ who would love to be here and doing. Works for me. I’m grateful I’m alive.

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

Yoola I love the idea of giving your head a wobble! But yes we are the lucky ones.

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angelik
angelik2 months ago

I like making lists, I find them quite motivating. I make lists for all kinds of things, then I can tick things off as I go and that makes me feel like I'm making progress, plus it helps to keep me organized too.

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

I find sowing seeds and potting them on etc very therapeutic . Not only something to do ( with choosing seed ,compost etc ) but as you do it you somehow leap forward to Spring, Summer in your mind . Looking forward to how the veg will taste and how the flowers will look .

I'm lucky to have a garden but you can do the same on a smaller scale on your windowsill 😊

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

Golfforall I agree entirely! Sowing seeds is an investment in the future. Little bit early for me as I haven’t got a proper greenhouse but I am really looking forward to seed sowing.

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GSM
GSM2 months ago

Going for a walk every day without any interruption gives me motivation. Just a walk with no shopping involved.

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

GSM walking is so good for you. We have to keep reminding ourselves to go as there’s always something else to do but we do exercise every day.

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Stevo1283
Stevo12832 months ago

For me personally I either play my piano or do something else I enjoy, such as playing on my Xbox one, watching something I enjoy, playing some football

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

Stevo1283 how lovely to have a skill like piano playing. What sort of music do you play?

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Stevo1283
Stevo12832 months ago

Grannyclock It honestly depends on the mood im in, i like to play classical or just normal songs, i normally play it in the morning as a kick starter to my day to get my day going.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 months ago

This week I'm free but I'm having to do as much house work as possible in breaks from homeschooling.

I find it hardest to motivate myself when I see others in household doing nothing productive

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

Imnotcheap definitely! Good luck with the home schooling. Hopefully not for too long now.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 months ago

Keeping them safe is most important it's great seeing how much they can do Grannyclock

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE2 months ago

I tell myself that the more stuff I get out of the way now, the more time I'll have to spend on stuff I'll enjoy more when I can get to do it.

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock
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2 months ago

BORDERJOE good idea

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BORDERJOE
BORDERJOE2 months ago

Grannyclock Thanks ... well I genuinely do try to do that but having said that ... I still have 3 Christmas letters to write and send so I needn't start feeling too complacent!

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