Have you ever started a big closet clean out, started to pay down your debt or tried to simplify your life in other ways only to lose motivation midway through?
Maybe you stopped because you didn’t have a strong support system, or it felt too hard to continue, or life happened.
The thing about simplicity is that it isn’t always easy, especially in the beginning. In most cases, it doesn’t happen overnight either so figuring out ways to maintain motivation is essential.
8 Ways To Maintain Motivation When Simplifying Your Life
The good news is that with each thing you release, you feel a little lighter. The new space and time you create will serve as motivation and inspiration to keep going. Here are a seven ways to maintain motivation to simplify your life and possibly inspire people around you to simplify too.
1. Surround yourself with support.
Friends and family aren’t always ready to join in and support you at the intensity you may be ready for. Be patient and surround yourself with support in other ways. Reading books and blog posts and listening to podcasts is a great way to stay inspired as you pay down debt, declutter, and begin to live a simpler life.
When the people around you begin to notice the changes you are making and how those changes are changing you, they may be curious and become more supportive and interested in simplicity too.
2. Get your heart in the game.
If your heart isn’t in the game, permanent change doesn’t stand a chance. Really understand your motivation to change. What’s pulling on your heart? For instance, simplifying your life for the sake of clean countertops may not speak to your heart but simplifying your life for better health, less stress and more presence in your relationships … now it’s a matter of the heart.
Why do you want to simplify your life? I simplified for better health and more love. I can’t tell you what your reasons are, but I do know once you identify them, vocalize them, and write them down, you will never look back. Once your heart is in the game, you will find the strength you need to let go of the clutter, the busyness, and all of the other things standing between you and what matters most.
3. Change your subscription habits.
Unsubscribe from emails and publications that encourage you to spruce up your wardrobe, and buy things that eventually contribute to your clutter. Let go of anything that suggests you need to buy more stuff to be more you. Let your media consumption habits inspire motivation and not derail your efforts. You may not be able to avoid all advertising temptation but a lot of it is within your control.
4. Curate your social feeds.
Fill your social feeds with inspiration to simplify. Join me on Facebook or Instagram and follow your favorite simple living authors and advocates. If part of simplifying for you is cutting back on social media, try a digital fast for 24 hours a week and set a timer when you do engage. It’s so easy to go down the Facebook rabbit hole, but if you set a timer, you’ll be reminded to unplug and go for a walk or do something else you enjoy.
5. Live it now.
You don’t have to wait until you are debt free, clutter free, or living as simply as possible to enjoy your life. Find little ways to enjoy the simpler life you are creating each day. Take a long walk. Cook a simple meal. Spend a phone free evening with people you love. The success of this journey does not depend on the end result but instead how you live it every day.
6. Have fun with it.
We aren’t motivated by tasks and chores. Make your simplicity journey fun and light-hearted by hosting a minimalist scavenger hunt, or play other games like I describe in this video.
7. Don’t force it.
Expecting motivation when you are exhausted and overwhelmed isn’t fair. Sometimes you have to let go and rest instead. Interestingly, letting it go makes space to create more of it.
8. Be good to yourself.
Big change usually comes with some slipping and sliding, a few steps forward and then even more steps backward. Don’t beat yourself up or let guilt hold you back from trying again. Be good to yourself. Take care of your body, heart, mind, and soul. Good things take time. You’ve got this.
If you want to maintain motivation, experiment with these recommendations. Your progress will come from slow, small, consistent steps so instead of being hyper-productive, give yourself permission to be gentle.