Finding your Motivation



finding your motivation

To do or not to do, that is the question. There’s many motivations for making a change, getting organized and being more productive.  There’s also many obstacles that keep us from getting started.  One of those might be ADHD, where procrastination, lack of organizing skills and being overwhelmed keep you from getting started. Having inspiration, and accountability can motivate you and get your work started. Finding your motivation is key.


Motivational experiences

I recently met with a client who knew now is the time to get organized. She had experienced flooding, and health challenges, and was looking at new healthy choices.  She had recently rebuilt her home and was prepared to make her home the organized and productive spot she craved. Her life with ADHD had held her back before and now she had compelling reasons to begin.


I have also met with client who worked long hours, raised her family and one day looked at home her and said, wow how did this all stuff get here?  She had invested her time in good and important goals and now knew it was time to make a change in her surroundings. While focused on the important parts of making a living for her family, she had gotten overwhelmed with the inflow of stuff.


When you know it’s time to make a change to your life, your home and work and your energy, that’s the most compelling time to get organized.  What makes for a compelling reason to change? It’s truly an individual decision and a decision you can make at any time.



Motivational media

Motivation in the form of Marie Kondo’s Netflix show is sweeping the nation this year.  It’s leading to other media connections, like podcasts, blog posts, and social media. In Tidying Up, we see many like us who have struggled with clutter.  The kind inspiration offered by Marie Kondo leads up to be grateful and let go.


There’s social media posts that are keeping us motivated too.  Seeing other’s conquer their clutter on instagram or Facebook help us know that we can do this too. Forming a social media group that works together to reaffirm your motivation, keep you accountable by posting your successes, and support you as you move forward are instrumental.  There’s existing clutter support on Facebook to join if you want this resource.



Motivational team members

Your team plays is crucial to your motivation.  It’s about feeling truly supported as you work.  That support comes in questions that coach you, support the acknowledges feelings, and praise with each step.  There’s no limit to your possible team members including those available by cell and facetime, professionals to coach and teach skills, to any number of those around you.  Start by building your team to help you start and stay motivated.


The most compelling motivation to me has always been something I keep very close in my thoughts. It’s that thought that every day whatever choices I make have positive impact on my life.  Thankfully it has been making priorities clear and simple.  I encourage you to think about your priorities and how that impacts your motivation.


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4 replies
  1. Linda Samuels
    Linda Samuels says:

    I love that quote that you shared. It reminds me of one of my favorites, an African proverb that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the next best time is today.” I find it so encouraging and motivating because it releases us from the guilt and the inaction. It helps us focus not on what we didn’t do, but what we can do now to move us forward towards our goal.

  2. Seana Turner
    Seana Turner says:

    I find great comfort in knowing I get to start again, or try again, every day. Motivation can ebb and flow. Sometimes I just get “in the mood” to start taking action, and then I will be on a roll for awhile, and then I’m ready for a break. I’m working with a client now who is on fire, and we are getting the whole in order – so exciting, AND motivating!

  3. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    @Seana – It’s exciting to be in the flow of high motivation. It keeps life and organizing humming along! Congrats on your client!

  4. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    @Linda – the opportunity to create happiness for our future self starts fresh every day. I love that we can start to make a change and make a difference this way.

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