How Designer and Entrepreneur Erin Condren Stays Motivated

By: Erin Condren

Motivation is always the first step towards reaching any goal. To me, motivation is about deciding and believing that I can accomplish what I set my mind to. It’s something that’s always been important to me; you’ll see the phrase “create.motivate.inspire” across my entire collection. I design products to be agents of motivation and inspiration. Whether it’s an uplifting quote posted on my Instagram on Monday morning as part of our #motivationalmonday series, a pop of an unexpected, happy color or a structured product design that helps add function to daily life, I seek to motivate others. 
 
But how do I motivate myself, and furthermore stay motivated, which is often half the battle? I’ve identified several tips and tricks thatI’ve noticed work for me and keep me energized and excited!

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Make a List of Action Steps

Does it surprise anyone that make a list is my number one tip!? It’s no secret I’m a lover of lists, and it’s so important to make one that will continue to motivate you. Set actionable & reachable “action steps” that you can work towards to reach your goal! 

Celebrate the Small Milestones

Part of why it’s important to make these action steps is so you can celebrate it! It’s important to take the time to recognize how hard you’re working and acknowledge those little victories. 

Visualize your goal

I’m a visual person, so I’ve found that it’s important to actually create or find visual representations of the goal I’m envisioning. This can be anything, from the house you’re saving up to buy or the children you’re working hard to support. It always helps to see a reminder of why you’re hustling.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make an Adjustment

One of my dad’s favorite sayings growing up was “make an adjustment!” This phrase has turned into a personal mantra for me as I navigate the many different curveballs life has thrown at me. While sticking to your goal and staying motivated and on track is important, don’t be afraid to make an adjustment and rearrange your priorities if you have to! 

Schedule “Pick-Me-Ups” as Needed

It’s important to recognize that you will have down days and moments where you feel discouraged or like staying motivated is just not feasible. Plan ahead for these moments so you can cut them off at the pass. I like to pre-schedule things like a mother-daughter movie date or catching up with a friend to help ground me and remind me of what’s important. Hiding little notes of encouragement is also a fun tip!

Stay Organized

This one seems obvious, but make sure that you’re properly organized and set up to make your goals a reality. I like adding weekly check-in times in my LifePlanner™ so that each Monday I already have some time set aside to focus in on my goals and motivate myself by looking back at how far I’ve come.  

Consistency is Key!

Don’t vacillate week to week! Keep on the same pace and stay consistent with the steps you’re taking. Soon, you’ll develop habits and staying motivated will be second nature!

I’m so dedicated to staying motivated that I’ve recently been working on an upcoming product launch that’s all about setting goals (more on that soon!) I can’t wait to release it and hopefully help others like me stay on track to becoming their best selves! 

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