Quick Guide to Getting Motivated- Babes Breaking Barriers + a free worksheet

Get Motivated.Reach Goals: A Quick Guide + A Free Goal Setting Worksheet

Quick Guide to Getting Motivated + A free goal setting worksheet

Do you feel like you’re constantly dragging? Can’t quite find that kick-starter to get you moving and your gears grinding? Not motivated enough to get out of bed before noon? Do you ever look at the girl who ran, read, cooked then ate breakfast, cleaned, and so on all by 10 AM and get jealous or just simply don’t understand? If you answered yes to any of these, no worries because for a while I did too. Maybe you have that paper or proposal to write, that website to design, or that that product for a client that you need to get finished. Fair enough, so how do you lose that, “I don’t feel like it,” feeling? How do you change the narrative from “I don’t feel like it,” “I can’t,” to, “I will,” “I can,” and, “I did”…?

OK! So it’s the end of March and you’ve already forgotten half of your resolutions for the New Year and are slacking (already) on the rest of them. It’s the same vicious cycle every year. I know, because I have been a leading culprit of this for years.

So what’s different for me this year? For me the key was dropping vague expectations with absolutely no game plan, and instead starting out on a road towards lifestyle changes. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight before summer,” I swapped that for, “I want to start eating cleaner and eating fast food less,” and gave myself a limited amount of and/or specific cheat days. Instead of saying “I want to get good grades,” I designated specific days and times that I had to do homework and study, and set reminders. The most failed resolutions are obvious, losing weight, quitting smoking, traveling, getting jobs or promotions, and saving money. Makes sense since these are common things most people battle with every year and even on a daily. So what are you doing about that? What REAL steps are you taking to get there? What’s your game plan?Quick Guide to Getting Motivated- Babes Breaking Barriers + a free worksheet

Try some of these helpful tips I discovered to help get me motivated and on the path towards accomplishing my goals.

  • Use your body to trick your brain when you’re dragging. Smile, laugh, move around, do a mini workout. Get your body and your brain moving.
  • Get organized. Clean your room/ workspace. Invest in calendars and planners. A few of my favorite are:
  • Take time to journal about what you need to get done and what needs to be done to make that happen. Or, simply make a few lists. Instead of list, do a similar task where you start in the middle of the paper and make task bubbles and connect them however they relate, similar to a Venn diagram.
  • Set goals.  Post them to hold yourself accountable
  • Practice visualization and speak goals into existence.
  • Create vision boards (blog post on these coming soon). Host a vision board party and invite your close girlfriends, your sisters, and your cousins! It’s also a perfect excuse to bust out the bottles of wine 😉
  • Make an inspiration board
  • Prioritize your to-do list.
  • Write steps and assign timelines. Goals without plans are just wishes! Click To Tweet
  • Make a schedule and stick to it!
  • Take time out in the beginning of the day for planning.
  • Put away distractions.  
  • Knock out those very small and quick tasks. You’ll feel like you’re getting somewhere as you check things off of you to-do list. I personally love the satisfaction of drawing a line through a task.
  • Do the hardest/longest things instead of saving them for the end when you’re burnt out.
  • Less multitasking. Focus.
  • Know when you’re on top of your game! Maximize this. Remember that motivation only lasts for so long.
  • Take breaks. Set limits don’t burn yourself out. Try something like, “I’ll do as much as I can in x hours.
  • Rewards/consequences. Examples for rewards: treats, social media or TV time (15mins-1hr), buy something you’ve been wanting, or give yourself a break.
  • Next, Check your progress!
  • Write affirmations and inspirational quotes on sticky notes and post them on your desk and around the room.
  • Get a buddy to do it with. This is especially helpful when it comes to working out and eating better.
  • Rethink your process. If what you’ve been doing isn’t working, change it up, make it a game even.
  • Control technology, don’t let it control you. Set a specific time during the day to get updated on all of your social media feeds.
  • Don’t sleep the day away. Trust me, I know this is a hard one, you may as well call me Sleeping Beauty!
  • Most importantly!! Appreciate what you get done instead of stressing over what you didn’t! Give yourself some credit.

What are you afraid of? The only outcome is getting sh*t done! Get up, reach those goals, and make yourself proud!

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Leslie Hawkins, creator of Babes Breaking Barriers

Guess Who’s Back!

Leslie Hawkins, creator of Babes Breaking Barriers

Welcome to the new site! As I make the transition to Babes Breaking Barriers you can expect some great things! Although I will still be tracking my personal journey, I will be shifting and concentrating my focus a bit.

So, why the change?

When I first started blogging almost 9 months ago I was looking for a platform to just share my story and try something new. I was still mudding through the murky waters of becoming an adult.

While on my blogging journey I was coming across these amazing women and even young girls doing so many stellar things in their chosen niches. Some who have fully settled into who they were and many who were still figuring it out, just like me!

Babes Breaking Barriers is a platform created to inspire women all over the world to share their life experiences and manifest the lives they’ve always wanted.  Here at Babes Breaking Barriers, we are able to tap into one of our most valuable resources…each other!

Operating under the “create the change that you would like to see” motto, I am striving to build an environment where girls and women alike, may connect and work towards turning their dreams into a reality, and give back to their communities.

Create the change that you would like to see! Click To Tweet

By highlighting a new  “babe breaking barriers” each month, I hope to encourage women striving to make a splash in the world by promoting self discovery and exemplifying what it means to be a woman with ambition and a woman for others.

If you’re new to the site completely, welcome!  Here’s the rundown on who I am and why I’m here. I’m Leslie, a 24 year old go-getter Chicago girl living in Los Angeles. I have a passion for fitness, as well as the biggest sweet tooth you ever did see. I love to dress up, and go out to brunch or out on the town with my friends.

I’m always looking forward to trying new things and sharing new experiences with the people I love!

Being able to share my experiences with others has always been a passion of mine. I hope to help others achieve their goals and become the best versions of themselves while learning from them along the way!

So why am I here? I believe testing the waters is the spice of life… and quite frankly, I have been a bit
Leslie Paige Hawkinsbland lately. So here I am, testing the waters, diving in head first.

While finishing up school, studying Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago I realized that I didn’t

know exactly what I wanted to do or be. What I did know was that I wanted to have fun, explore all life had to offer, and be stylish while doing it!

So what did I do? Tried it all.

At one point I worked events for Corona, tried modeling and acting , did a pageant, cheered on a college level all-star team, and even worked for the company, Super CDA, coaching and assisting teams. I traveled and explored, and at the end of the day I still had no idea who I was or what I wanted to do.

I was pulling myself in every which direction, and had a blast doing it, but couldn’t quite find my passion. None of it gave me that feeling of fulfillment, of purpose. In the end, I decided to do the things that I love to do, what clears my mind, what excites me…write and explore! I felt like I was on the cusp of

something big.

Now back with a new blogging journey, a new job working on a social media team for an amazing Ad agency, and pursuing a certification as a health coach through Integrative Nutrition, I find myself growing every day and blossoming into exactly the person I want to be.

I have grown to love who I am and who I am becoming. I have grown to push myself to discover my inner workings, and I have grown to know that women, all women, are beautiful and have endless potential.

We MUST take the opportunities given to us and use them to flood the gates of all industries. We MUST loudly and quietly (whichever suites your style) let the world know that the women have something to offer, and not just something, but a lot!

This one is for the ladies trying to navigate through the turbulent seas of life (one cup of coffee, outfit, class, job, boyfriend, and blog at a time). This is for the busy fashionistas, overbooked hosts, messy crafters, frantic foodies, and busy best friends.

Life hits you fast, so as I always say, when life gives you lemons…make the best damn Lemon Drop Martini the world has ever seen.

Follow along with me as I share my recipes, health tips, craft projects, workout routines, and life adventures! And remember…. Have faith, get focused, and take flight!

With love,

Leslie