10 Jan 2015 65 comments

5 Things: Feeling Motivated.


So after my ‘getting organised’ post went up this week, I thought I would also jot down my tips for getting your ass in gear. Basically. Unlike everyone else who seems to have had a seriously productive start to the year, I was pretty late in catching the motivated bug (still experiencing the effects of a food hungover). However, after an office clear-out and a general life sort-of, I’m feeling good.

De-Clutter & Get Yourself Organised
Okay, I say this as my first tip on every one of these posts (and I always write something like this too… YOLO) but there’s a lot to be said for throwing away pointless nonsense cluttering your life. I’m attempting to become one of those people who buys a good quality item once, rather than buying cheap and buying a hundred times. I’m getting better about hoarding cosmetics and keeping my desk clear and it’s great – it means when you’re actually ready to get in to a project, there’s a free space to do it and you can find everything easily.
Once you have decluttered, set up your workspace (head to Pinterest for inspiration) so you feel happy and inspired.

Plan For The Year
I got a brand new notebook (see my next point) and thought about what I want from the year – this is my 25th year on the planet (scary times, I have until December so I’m going to make it count) so I want to try and live a little. Travel, do up my flat and generally do the things that I want to do. I’m opening up a stationery e-shop this year (yup, my big news) and s0 I’ve had some serious planning to do regarding that. I think my main aim is to get that off the ground and really work hard on my blog, Nouvelle and other projects – while also doing everything else I want to do. It’s doable, they’re not unrealistic goals and I’m excited to get to work on them.
Make a list of what you’re excited about this year – school goals, work aims, social things, everything and that will get you feeling motivated in an instant.

New Stationery
I wholeheartedly believe that new stationery is key to living a long, fulfilling life. Okay, well maybe not – but it will definitely help you keep on track. I went to Paperchase recently and stocked up and it was glorious, I heard angels singing as I picked new pens and cute highlighters. Stationery is a life essential so don’t be afraid to treat yourself.

Stick To A Routine
I sometimes get distracted from my tasks because I work at home, for myself. A lot of “ooh Netflix” “I want cake, lets bake a cake” happens if I’m not on schedule, so I try to create blog schedule calendars to stick to, and also content calendars for social media. I also try and set aside an hour a day (or even on a Sunday afternoon) to blitz emails – little hour slots like this mean you keep up with those boring little tasks we all have to do. Try not to deviate too much from your day to day routine, but shake it up a little if things start to get boring.

Find A Way To Enjoy It
Of course, I adore my job – but sometimes if I feel like it’s all work, work, work I start toΒ feel slightly unmotivated. I never mind getting up in the morning, but sometimes actually getting shit done is impossible. Those days I tend to just move on to something else – for example, photographing for posts rather than writing and doing emails instead of scheduling posts. Little change ups like that mean I’m always busy but it’s never boring. I think you can apply this to any job or chore so keep it in mind no matter what you do!

How do you stay motivated?

  • This is a great post. I definitely agree with buying one good quality item rather than tonnes of cheaper items – i’d definitely rather spend more for better quality, and end up buying less. Good luck with the stationary shop Kate! x

  • These are really useful points, I definitely agree with getting rid of clutter, it means you can clear your head too! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚
    Hannah x

  • Have to agree, new stationery does make you so much more motivated hahah πŸ™‚ Have fun in Berlin! xx


  • Stationery is life. Really looking forward to your stationery e-shop! Good luck with everything!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • I definitely find it very hard to stay on track and not get distracted haha!
    Emma xo | Missemmalouise12.blogspot.ie

  • Wow I can’t believe you’re already planning March posts, super organised!

    Josie XOXO

    Fashion Mumblr

  • Emily Knott

    Really looking forward to your stationary! Would love to try a few bits! I’m feeling super motivated with my blog at the moment. I have planned this months posts (which is a first) and have set up my camera this morning for a blog post photo session.


  • I find listening to music and getting moving keeps me motivated! Even if it’s just getting up and having a good stretch. Can’t wait for your stationary e-shop πŸ™‚

  • I’m starting to do a lot of these things now, or if not doing then planning. Feels good to be organised and have clear set goals for each month that I can achieve! Hope it all goes well for you! πŸ™‚


  • lovely tips πŸ™‚

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  • Marjorie Peyric

    Thanks for the tips! One of my goal for 2015 is to be more organized and discover my creativity!


  • Heather / houseofhblog.com

    So nice to find someone who loves stationary as much as me πŸ™‚ I could spend all day in those little shops.

  • I totally agree with you about the stationery- new stationery always makes me feel inspired, it’s like a fresh start!
    Emily xx

  • New stationary always makes me want to get working! I’ve already picked up my notebooks for uni and we don’t go back until March!


  • I cleaned out so much stuff from my closet after new year’s and I am still on a cleaning kick. Next up is the bathroom/beauty supplies – yikes! Just cleaning out the closet alone makes me feel lighter and excited to be at home. Everything has a place and I’m on a no-shopping kick for a bit. I’m holding out to find pieces I absolutely love and will last. Also – I fully agree about buying new stationary. It makes me just want to tackle to-do lists and organize!


  • Abbie

    Great tips, I find it incredibly easy to write a huge to do list but motivation is something I definitely struggle with. I also find having big (or small) end goal always help to motivate me and the, ‘if I do more now, I will have less to do later’ mindset πŸ™‚ x


  • Eek I love this post! It just makes me feel so motivated and excited to get my new year uunderway! Thanks!

  • Pip Warford

    e-stationery shop!! congraaats : )

  • Mel Ashton

    New things! A new notebook will always make me want to write in it, and generally just writing stuff out in general! I’ll write a list of everything to do and break it down into the days I have to complete it πŸ˜€

  • Paulaena Franco

    Thank you for this post and the tips! Definitely adding this to my favourites as I need a good kick in the backside once in a while πŸ™‚

    I honestly agree with how new stationary gives you some sort of motivation. There’s nothing better than opening a brand new notebook and using brand new pens!

    Tweezers and Tongs

  • Cool tips and I always love your photography πŸ™‚

    Korallia – corallblogs.blogspot.gr

  • Claire

    I agree with you about stationary! I love going into Paperchase and mooching through the shelves of pens and notebooks. Nice
    stationary always makes me feel more productive.
    Claire x

  • Lovely post! x

    Blog Marjorie

  • Great tips – I really need to get more posts planned so a declutter and mind-map some ideas!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • I need a routine for blogging- I just post willy nilly and it doesn’t work at all! haha. x

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  • I like to make check lists then each time I complete something it keeps me going until the next one. xox


  • I agree. Variety is the spice of life. I hate doing the same thing for too long. It makes my antsy!

  • Adele Miner

    I agree, stationary is the secret to happiness haha. I find looking at oher peoples work and seeing how well they’re doing motivates me to do well too x

  • I recently published a blogpost with all of my goals for 2015 and I am definitely going to refer to this post when I’m lacking motivation. I love the photography too!

    Evie // evanescxent

  • Your post has me motivated!


  • Great post! I love to make checklists to keep me on top of things x

    Charlotte – http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

  • New stationery is the key to fulfilling a long life – haha! x


  • Vivian Yuen

    Coffee keeps me motivated πŸ˜‰ Great tips~

    LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Great post πŸ™‚ I did a post on productivity essentials : http://daisycandle.com/2014/10/26/5-productivity-essentials/

    Looking forward for your stationery e-shop, I love stationery πŸ™‚ xx


  • March planning??? Wow I can’t plan that far ahead as my schedule is far too busy, plus I always find my plans are forever changing. I try to plan at least one month in advance though.


  • I cannot believe you’re already March planning, I wish I was that organised. I really need to up my motivation and organisation game x


  • Sophie Spaldin

    So inspirational! I have just bought a 2015 planner even though it is my first year out of uni and in work so I really don’t have much to put in it, but I am determined that I will!


  • Sarah- Jane

    Oh I love this post! Theses are 5 things I need to do this year. I have the feeling when I go stationary shopping, you can never have enough notebooks or stationary.

    Sarah x


  • Mala

    I usually just write down all the things I need to do for the day in my planner and I keep to-do list realistic as I often would find myself with 256416 things to do and I would instantly lose motivation. Great post, it motivated me to work harder to reach my goals.


  • PeonyandPeach

    Excited about your stationary range!!


  • I can’t wait to see your stationary range! You cracked me up at the cake part, too funny and relatable!

    Jimmy | http://amsterdaily.wordpress.com

  • are you really planning your content for march already… love this post!


  • Anna Jane

    Such a great post, really good tips! I could spend extortionate amounts of time and money in paperchase- I share your feelings on stationary haha xx

    rosyannajane.blogspot.co.uk // http://www.bloglovin.com/annatranter

  • I love your writing style. I sort of relate to what you say, I love stationary too.
    Do you really plan March’s post from now?

    Beauty Inside Art

  • amanda beautie

    I love this post! Stationary is definitley a way to get motivated! Great post xx

    Beauty Girl

  • fia

    Lovely post, thanks for the advise! So excited about your stationary range! πŸ™‚


  • Lizzie Wilson

    New stationary is definitely my fave tip x

    Lizzie Rose Blogger

  • I so agree that new stationary is the way forwards. I love buying new notebooks and pens for motivational reasons! Love all these tips too πŸ™‚

    little miss fii | Fii x

  • beautybyalicee

    Lovely post, I have totally decluttered this week and have new stationary for work! Let’s do this πŸ˜‰

    alice xo | beautybyalicee

  • I totally have this problem especially since I live in a cloudy city much like London -_- but like you I create a goals list in a notebook a lovely friend gave me and it keeps me focused on where I want to be

    β™₯ Fancy Nancy’s YouTube

  • Ruby Soho

    So excited about your stationary e-shop! I’m a bit of a stationary geek so literally cannot wait for this : D


  • Believe you can do it, and you are already halfway there x.


  • It’s true Stationary is such a big motivator! But I think the most important are the thoughts. You have to find a reason why you are motivated for something to get motivated.
    Lara from http://www.lara-loves.com

  • Emma and Emily

    Very very excited for your stationary!!


  • Great post!! πŸ™‚

    Amy β€’ Amy’s Corner

  • Lovely post and I love new stationary at the moment as well.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin’ |

  • great tips! having cute stationary really motivates me to stay on track and plan ahead as well.

    jo | adoseofjo.blogspot.com

  • Rachel

    These sounds like a lot of what I would say πŸ™‚ I find new stationary seems to be the answer for everything πŸ˜‰ plus, i find writing things down makes me feel a lot more accountable! xx

  • Motivation is my favourite thing to read about! Sometimes we all need a kick up the arse!

    Eleanor // Effys Space

  • Amazing tips, I love posts like this!


  • These are all great tips. I’m making 2015 my year of living with intention and getting things done. Loved reading this post! πŸ™‚

    xo Mandy | Blog

  • Iris Klaver

    Thanks for the tips, very usefull!

  • These are great tips! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  • Makeup and OTHER

    Really great tips <3