10 Ways to Motivate Yourself 

1. Make your bed in the morning

I know this sounds super simple, but it is actually effective. I’ve implemented this in my everyday life and it kick starts your day. By completing a task, it makes it that much easier to complete the next one. I’ve heard this a lot, but the University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement speech definitely sums it up well.

2. Exercise

This is basic common knowledge, but I feel like I had to include this. Any sort of exercise will do, I’m not telling you to go run 3 miles a day or bench press 100 pounds cause god knows I don’t do that hahaha. All I’m saying is: get moving, even if you make it a habit to walk 30 minutes a day or take a break from work and walk outside for 10 minutes 3 times a day, the results are surprising. You WILL feel energized and motivated.

3.Surround yourself with likeminded individuals

This is so freaking important, and it took me years to figure it out. If you don’t surround yourself with people who have the same mentality as you or maybe want the same things in life, it can really affect your mental health. It will drain you. For example, ever since I started blogging, I tried to find people who are in the art/fashion world, because they better understand me. I’m not saying to ditch your friends that you already have; all I’m saying is to make sure you surround yourself with people who have the same goals and mindset.

4.Celebrate the small successes

You should have both long term and short term goals. And when you achieve the short term goals ALWAYS celebrate it, because you did it, you set a goal, you worked your butt off, and you got it. So pat yourself on the back, buy that ice cream, but remember to keep working hard to make your dreams come true.

5.Uplift yourself with a Pep talk

One of my favorite things to do in the morning is to give myself a short pep-talk before starting my day. It gets my mind in the right place and helps me kickstart whatever is coming my way.

6.Have realistic/Achievable goals

If you have unrealistic goals, you will find yourself quickly feeling like you are incompetent even though in reality you actually are not. I suggest using the S.M.A.R.T methodology, which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Bound. Being specific means you should be able to articulate clearly what you want to achieve, which sometimes forces you to realize you might not know what you really want or that your one goal is actually five goals. Measurable goals allow you to answer the questions: How many? How much? How will I know when my goal is accomplished? Attainable or achievable goals are those that do not exceed your current capabilities or circumstances. It’s important to be self-aware, because you also need to make sure the goal is Relevant, aka does this goal help you become who you want to be personally or professionally? And with almost anything, you need to have a deadline! Without one, you will lack the focus and structure to ensure you complete your goal.


I know so many people, including myself, make excuses for not reading; however listening is way more doable. When you’re in the shower, getting ready for work/ school, on the subway/driving listen to something positive and it will help you get your mind in the right place and you will learn something!

8.Just do it

Honestly, just do it. I know it is easier said than done. Trust me, I’ve been there. Whether it be taking a risk, going for a run, changing career paths, or just studying for an exam. We all make excuses, but just remember if you do it, it will make you happier in the long run.


This is the first thing you should be doing after waking up. Stretch and meditate. Even if you give it 5 minutes, it will automatically clear your mind and put it to ease. Which will help motivate you to start you day. It’s important to learn how to separate yourself from your own thoughts so you can be in command of how you think and by extension act.

10. Time management

Procrastination and time management gets to us all!! The whole ehhhh I’ll do it in 10 minutes which turns into an hour, and then with a blink of an eye turns into a week. We have all been there. Doing what you can to manage your time will both keep your mind at ease and will help make sure you’re on top of your stuff. For example: since I’ve gotten to New York I’ve been putting off creating new blog posts because they take time, and in my head, I tell myself I don’t have time. However, as I was sitting on the subway going to work in the morning I had an epiphany: my commute is 15 minutes both morning and evening which is 30 minutes a day, which is 2 1/2 hours a week. WOW, if I were to just work on my blog during my commute, I can spend 2 1/2 hours brainstorming, writing, etc. Which would mean I could create more content. So, please, unless if you’re a superhuman who remembers everything and does everything on time, then create some sort of method to help you manage your time. Because as soon as you check off an item on your list of to dos you’re gonna feel so much more motivated to continue.



Farwa Naqvi

❤ Insta: @faroo101

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