Motivation

Should I even admit that there are times I experience major difficulty dragging my booty away from the couch cushions in order to get some productive work done? Probably not. But hey, I’m just keeping it real over here.

Sometimes I reach my motivation threshold and simply can’t get my behind off my beloved spot on the sofa—no matter how much stuff I know I need to get done. Luckily, this isn’t a super frequent problem for me, but there are definitely times when it happens (hello, Fridays).

I don’t think I’m alone in this situation (at least, I certainly hope I’m not). So, I thought I’d share a few quick tips you can use to pull yourself away from the comfort of those cushions in favor of tackling your to-do list!

HOW TO GET YOUR BUTT OFF THE COUCH

1. WRITE THINGS DOWN.

Sure, maybe you have an idea in your head of all of the things you want to get done that day. But, trust me when I say that there’s something extra frightening about seeing it all written down. So, jot down a to-do list (yes, you can even do that while in your comfy spot). Seeing that long list of tasks is sure to kick your butt off the couch—and your productivity into high gear!

2. IMPLEMENT THE BUDDY SYSTEM.

Admittedly, this is something I need to do in order to get out of bed some mornings. If you can’t be trusted to hold yourself accountable, enlist some help. As sad and embarrassing as it is, having someone physically yank you off the couch is definitely effective (thanks, Ty!).

3. LEAVE YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE ROOM.

This is a great way to trick yourself into getting up. It’s a symptom of our society—we can’t sit in one place for more than a few minutes without the desire to scroll through our phones. And, if you’re one of those people who’s frequently catching up via your cell phone, try leaving it across the room when you take a quick break. That way, you’ll be forced to get up again—making you more likely to actually stay up.

The catch? You have to resist the urge to just grab your phone and head back to sit down.

4. WORK WHERE YOU ARE.

Let’s face it—there are those days where you and your couch’s love for each other is just far too strong. On those days, I usually grab my laptop, planner, and notepad and just work from my favorite corner spot of our sectional. I may not be as productive as if I were at my desk, but I’m at least getting something accomplished (and I’m a heck of a lot comfier while doing so!).

What tips do you use to kick your booty into gear, even when you feel totally lazy?

Until next time!