M is for Motivation

Oh, boy can I use some of this!!  I can’t actually believe that we have reached the letter M in the Blogging A to Z Challenge.  I actually just had to reference the list I made to be sure I hadn’t missed any.  Thank goodness that did not happen!

Since I got home from Florida and then had to get well from bronchitis, I’ve been trying to motivate myself.  As I have mentioned many times, Ralph and I have a home in New Mexico and we’re trying to get out of New Jersey and get out there.  It takes a lot of work, a lot of doing but the doing doesn’t get done without some motivation.

I’ve long heard the idea that if you work on something for 15 minutes a day, you’ll accomplish a lot.  Well, this project is certainly going to take more than 15 minutes a day.  I’m trying to give it as long each day as possible.  I’ve been accomplishing about 1 and 1/2 hours each day.  Not Saturday, I gave myself the day off. I’m quite proud of myself in that respect.  I’m doing what I need to do.  It doesn’t seem like  a lot when I look at my various projects each day, but I keep telling myself, each step I take is a step in the right direction.

I keep motivating myself with the thought that if I work hard and try to keep Ralph motivated, then we can get this done.  I keep saying, “I want to be in New Mexico by…such and such a time.”  Well, that’s not really motivational because then I just get discouraged when we’re not there by that time.  I’ve spoken that statement enough times, now.  I’m not giving myself a deadline now.  My plan is to just work as hard as I can and see how it goes.

I’m sure that our yard sale in June will be a motivating factor.  When I get rid of all of those things, I’ll see space and that in itself will be motivational.  Everything is going to sell (how’s That for a positive attitude?!) What doesn’t sell is going to a local thrift store.  As I said before, I’m working on being as unsentimental as I can, here…it’s the only way it will work.

If any of you have any sure-fire tricks for how to motivate yourself with cleaning out and moving on…please share them because Boy oh Boy do I need them.

I’m feeling Motivated already!

Happy “M”onday!!  Happy Birthday, Ralph!!

22 responses to “M is for Motivation

  1. Motivation’s a hard one. I usually try to distract myself rather than motivate. If I can listen to a good podfic or podcast then I can forget I’m doing something chorelike.

  2. cath/waterloo,ON

    happy birthday to ralph!! hope you have some fun celebrations planned!
    wow, it IS hard to believe it is already M day in the challenge – time is flying!
    you are on the right track with your plans, fran, for nm. devoting time each day, the yard sale…all with the big picture in mind. just envision you and ralph relaxing in nm! have a MARVELOUS monday!
    (it’s boston marathon monday – i have such fond memories of my races there – i want to go back and race again! it will happen when the timing is right!).

    • I will pass the birthday greetings along to Ralph, Cathy and Thanks. We’re going out to lunch. I tried for a cool gift but it backfired. In Florida I found keys shaped like six shooters, the old Cowboy guns. I bought one with the intention of having it made into a key for the house in NM. Unfortunately, it’s the wrong kind of key. Maybe I can find it somewhere else in the right kind of key. I’m giving it to him anyway. He’ll understand. Have a great day, and Yes, you will get to the Marathon again!

  3. You’re flying through the alphabet, Fran! 🙂 Hopefully you guys have a lovely week!

  4. I wish I felt motivated, but with a sick mom and this blogging challenge, I’m wiped out.

    Happy A to Z blogging.

    • Sorry to hear that your Mom is sick. Hope she improves quickly. I had been blogging every day for over two years and scaled back to about 4 days a week. This challenge is a real challenge to me now. Thanks for stopping, please visit again!

  5. I always think of the people who will love my stuff way more than I do. I know how it feels to find great deals and be in love with them. It’s like on Toy Story when the toys are talking about how they’re only happy when they’re being loved 🙂

  6. I usually find motivation in short supply. I think that’s part of the depression.

    When my get up and go gets up and leaves, I usually organize a search party of St.Bernards. (Actually, I don’t; that would take way too much time and energy). I come to my desk and prowl around in my “dynamically organized” papers, or my e-mail, or something like that. Eventually I get sufficiently energized and motivated to do something more. But it takes a while.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

    • Thanks, Bear! It’s tough sometimes to get ourselves going, isn’t it. I have gone in and out of productive periods all my life. Some of them were natural but some I think might have been related to depression though I never sought help for it. Perhaps I should. Regardless…I hope you find some motivation on that desk of yours!

  7. How about calendaring in a 30-minute or 60-minute block of time each day. Use it to do something that will get you closer to that NM goal. The key is to make it an “appointment”. Put that in your new phone with a calendar “ALERT” to remind you.


    • Hi Annis and thanks for visiting! What a great idea. I’ve heard this theory before and always thought it was such a good idea, I’ve just never taken advantage of it. I think this could work. Please stop by again.

  8. Try the baloney method–slice it up. Make your deadlines small ones. Today I’ll clean out the hall closet. Tomorrow I’ll clean out a kitchen cabinet. Good luck.
    Kathy @ Swagger Writers

  9. Wow..you have been blogging for two years everyday! You are surely a dedicated woman. I find it so hard to just do it twice a week. truly inspirational 🙂

    I think music motivates me to do stuff the most. Just play it real loud..only way it works. Music=Motivation.

  10. “If any of you have any sure-fire tricks for how to motivate yourself with cleaning out and moving on…please share them…”
    I’ve got two tricks….1) it’s like a band aid, just rip it off, the faster the better or 2) hire someone who is a neat freak, OCD person (cough, cough) and they’ll get you in tip top shape.

    • Meghan….If I give you my address, will you come to my rescue?!?! 😉 That’s a good way to look at it, ripping off the band aid. In a way, that’s my approach although you stated it better!

      • I’d be happy to help, but be careful what you wish for. Us OCD neat freaks are no joke. It took the Hubby awhile to adjust to me, but it all works now. Another rule: if I haven’t touched it in a year (and it’s not old pictures or memorabilia), I pitch it.

      • Not touching it for a year…good point. That would be most of my house! Which isn’t a bad idea and would be my focus, but Ralph is the foot dragger in all this. He is getting better and has been pushing right along the last few weeks. Keep feeding me those ideas, Meghan! I like them all so far! 😉

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