Do you have to tell yourself to Kick Ass?

I've been struggling to motivate myself today. Today I wanted to just sit on the sofa, all day, watch crap television and just mooch about.

This is one of the disadvantages of working from home. Most days I'm fine. I get up, take my daughters to school, get home, have a coffee and plan my day. Today, not so much.

This may, or may not be subliminal messaging...just saying

It's 1.30pm in the afternoon. It has been a really unproductive day, but I am finally in front of my laptop typing, Whoop!

To get to this point, I have had to do the following,

  1. Make a list.
    • The list consists of;
      • Write something
      • Clean the house
      • Finish Lego
      • Tile the window sill in the kitchen
      • Paint the bathroom
      • Paint the toilet
      • Sort out the pot plants outside
      • Finish clearing the garden
      • Have a shower and make tea 
      • Start reading my Master's degree books
  2. Had a bit of a slump after making the list and realising how much I had to do
  3. I have then tried to chunk it up, giving myself baby steps. For example;
    • Today, I will write something, do my Lego, shower and feed my family
    • Tomorrow I will clean
    • On Friday I will tile the window sill
    • I will think about the other jobs next week
  4. Then I made a list of things I wanted to write about and put a skeleton plan of this together
  5. After that I watched University Challenge with my husband (who is working nights this week, which means he is around in the afternoons, so it is even easier to procrastinate when he's there, because he lets me and we both wanted to watch University Challenge). 
  6. Then I realised I wasn't going to achieve my goal of up to 5 blog posts a week if I messed about any longer, so I finally got off my arse and came upstairs.
    Possibly more subliminal messaging...
So here I am and that's how I motivated myself to get here, but I am curious, what do you do? There are loads of people who work from home and I am sure not everybody is super efficient every day. So what do you do on the days you are feeling demotivated or are in a bit of a slump.

How do you kick start yourselves? Do you have any clever techniques I can use on days like this?

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