Motivation is the backbone of success for any project. When we set a goal and take steps to achieve it, obstacles will always meet us along our way. During these down times, we may get disappointed or burnt out. This is when we need motivation more than anything else to help us get up, solve the problems and keep moving forward. The same goes for organizing projects. There are challenges and setbacks. As organizers, we have learned to motivate our clients when they hit a dead end and lose motivation. There are many ways to find your mojo, but here are few that we use to help our clients get inspired and see the project through to the end.
#1 Painting the Picture
People motivate themselves in different ways, but seeing results and being cheered on works for almost everyone. We won’t deny it, it even works on us. When we work our way through a pile of paper, flatten a box we’ve just unpacked, or simply clear a counter, we are filled with a sense of progress and give ourselves high fives! The same goes for our clients. When they finish a task or achieve a goal, we point it out to them and cheer them on. If the floor was covered in papers and we see that our client has cleared it, we say, “Look; there’s a floor!” No matter how small or big the achievement, it is worth a mini celebration.
#3 Staying Focused
#4 Eliminating Overwhelm
One of the biggest obstacles our clients face is the feeling of being overwhelmed. We hear scenarios like, “I go into my office to deal with all paperwork but there is just so much that I don’t know where to start or how to finish” or “I shove boxes in a room and close the door because there is too much to deal with”. Being an organizer equips you with the ability to stay calm and know that every mountain, no matter how high, can be climbed and conquered. We eliminate the fear of where to and how to get started, by just starting. We always tell our clients to start small if big projects make them want to procrastinate. If even a small step leads you to procrastination, then start tiny. Once the stress and fear are gone, it is more easy to be motivated.
#5 Taking Regular Breaks
No matter how you motivate yourself to finish a project, remember to be kind to yourself. The only person that you should compare yourself and your achievements to is you. If you are moving ahead and making progress, that is all that matters. They always say Rome wasn’t built in a day but it wasn’t burnt in one either! Don’t judge yourself or beat yourself up. Reward yourself, take a walk outside, acknowledge your achievements and blaze the trail to success, one step at a time.