Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

My New Motivation Trick


mirror list

I have discovered a little trick for keeping myself motivated to get things done around the house throughout my day. Instead of making a lengthy to-do list, which can feel overwhelming and lead to a paralyzing, instantly defeated feeling (does this happen to anyone else?), I create my list in reverse, as an “already done” list.

In the morning, I write on the bathroom mirror with dry-erase marker the words: “TODAY I:”. Then, as I get things done, I write them down underneath. This activates my inner sense of competition, as I want to make the list longer and longer. I am challenging myself to see how many things I can add to the list, and when Jeramy comes home at the end of the work day, it makes me feel good to have a list of accomplishments to show off.

If to-do lists stress you out more than motivate you, maybe this trick could work for you too.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

6 thoughts on “My New Motivation Trick

  1. I’ve done that – not exactly but I have added things I have already done to a to do list and checked them off! I like them on the bathroom mirror!!!

  2. What an awesome idea! Seriously, I love this. I’d probably start writing all over the walls, though just so everyone in my family could see all of the work I’ve done. Hmmmmmm.

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