How to stay motivated and improve personal effectiveness can feel challenging. There are many factors that impact both of these things. Below are 25 things I have done personally and I encourgae my clients to do that improve motivation and persoanl effectiveness. So I can attest to their positive impact both personally and with my professional hat on too:

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19 ways to boost your personal effectiveness and motivation

How to boost motivation and personal effectiveness

Your level of personal effectiveness and motivation have a big impact on the results you achieve in your life and work.

So it is useful to know some effective ways that will help you to boost and maintain your personal effectiveness and motivation.

Here are some to experiment with.

19 Ways to Boost Your Motivation and Personal Effectiveness

1. Get an accountability buddy. Not only does having an accountability buddy help you stay on track to achieve the results you want, they are also a great source of motivation and help you maintain your personal effectiveness too. To find out more about having an accountability buddy read 10 reasons to have an accountability buddy and How To Find An Accountability Buddy

2. Remove distractions. There are so many distractions that will derail your effectiveness if you allow them. e.g. mindless internet surfing, cell phones, interruptions etc.  Make a list of the things that distract you most and take action to address those things. That will give your level of personal effectiveness a real boost.

3. Set and implement strong boundaries. This will support you with protecting what matters most in your life and work. And that will support you in optimising your effectiveness.

4. Surround yourself with positive, constructive, solution focussed people who fuel your fire. It will give a tremendous boost to your level of motivation. Especially as you navigate the ups and downs of life and work.

5. Create a powerful vision for your life and work. Review it every day. It will help boost your motivation, especially when you experience setbacks, obstacles or when the going gets tough.

6. Identify and foster habits that will set you up to succeed. When you know the habits that will support the results you want to achieve, and work on fostering them, your level of personal effectiveness improves and becomes more consistent.

7. Do more things that give you mental and physical energy. Do less of the things that drain your mental and physical energy. Your energy levels (mental and physical) have a tremendous impact on your motivation and personal effectiveness.

8. Have a strong action plan and work that baby consistently! This will keep you focused on maximising your time and focus. And when you do that, you are more effective.

9. Create a structure and framework to work within each day, week and month. This will help you stay on track consistently.

10. Protect yourself from energy draining and toxic people. They have a habit of draining your energy and motivation.

11. Have a strong self care programme. Self care has a massive impact on how you feel and operate, mentally and physically. And how you feel and operate has a massive impact on your motivation and personal effectiveness.

12. Hire a coach or mentor – this can be a really powerful way to boost motivation, personal effectiveness and achieve your goals faster, easier and consistently.

13. Break your goals down into small manageable chunks. Much more motivating than focusing on the mountain you have to climb!

14. Do the most important things first in the day. That way you will always know that you have your top priorities nailed no matter what the rest of the day throws at you.

15. Don’t be a Lone Ranger. Get support. No one is successful alone.  Surround yourself with people who give you unconditional, non-judgemental support.

16. Join or create a Mastermind Group. Surrounding yourself with other people’s ideas and perspectives is a great source for sparking fresh thinking and new ideas. This will give your effectiveness and motivation a powerful boost.

17. Have a Hero. Think of someone you look up to or is a role model for you, or has done someting you would like to do. Learn from them, follow them on social media, read their stuff, attend their events etc.

18. Commit to learning. When you commit to learning about the things that drive your effectiveness and motivation, you put yourself on the path to better results consistently.

19. Celebrate your successes – regularly – no matter how big or small. It will remind you that you are making progress and that will boost your motivation.

What would you add to the list? Share your thoughts and experiences on things that boost your personal effectiveness and motivation in the comments below.

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  • La Brit in DE

    Ali, of all the tips and tricks you have suggested here, the one I am actually clinging on to at the moment is the little pic of the post-it top left. I now have the same 3 words on a sticky at the bottom of my screen and it “does stuff” ! That one photo is helping to put my head back where it should be.

    There are many help organisations around offering support for this and that, but for me, your blog is my life-saver. You have a way of sorting me out for which I will be eternally grateful. THANK YOU! 🙂

  • I am deeply touched by your comment. Thank you so much. I am delighted that you get value from my blog.

  • Steve Collier

    Ali, I would add; “make inefficient progress”. Not sure where or how to start? Do something to move forward. You will figure it out or get help along the way. The important thing is to start.

  • Great point Steve. So important.

  • Catriona Futter

    Hi Ali – thank you so much for an inspiring and reassuring list! I am a newly self-employed life coach, and your site was recommended to me by a self-employed friend who is also one of my “dream team”. Your list reminds me practical things to do during the feeling-slightly-overwhelmed days, and reassures me that I am on the right track with many of your suggestions.

    I would add “be thankful” – looking back and listing all the things, big and small, that have happened or I have achieved since I started this journey, and the people who encourage me along the way, keeps me focused and encouraged to keep moving forward, and do the best with who I am.

  • Hi Caitriona, so glad you found this article useful. Totally agree with your addition, “be thankful.” So important but often overlooked. We like to do that as a family at the end of each day. Not only helps us as individuals but also hearing someone elses perspectives often brings a new way of seeing things too.

  • Delia Bourne

    Hi Ali

    I love your tips – I have put an hour in my diary for personal development starting this month.
    So busy focusing on client work it’s easy to forget about ME! The plus side is that it will benefit my clients too.

  • Ali Davies

    Delia, thank you. Delighted you find my resources useful. Good for you taking action that will benefit you and the people you serve.

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  • I really loved this! I pinned it so I can refer back to it again and again. It’s great advice broken down into manageable categories, just what I needed to get refocused. I tend sometimes to be a scatter brain.

  • Ali Davies

    I am a big believer in breaking things down into manageable focus areas. Glad you found it useful.

  • All fabulous tips Ali. The fresh air makes such an enormous difference for me. Decluttering my mental and physical space is crucial. Great post! xx

  • Ali Davies

    I am the same Jennifer – fresh air and the outdoors works wonders. And when the weather is nice I work outdoors as often as possible too.

  • Joan Stommen

    Great suggestions….some I’ve never considered! You’ve given me the motivation I need to get up off the sofa and go, do, be! Thank you for this well written list, Ali!

  • Menopausalmother

    Yes yes YES to #2. I’ve been doing that lately—cleaning “house” of toxic people and my life is so much better now. I’m a big fan of #19, too!

  • Thanks Joan. Delighted you found it useful.

  • Hi Marcia, protecting yourself from toxic people brings so many benefits on so many different levels. Congrats on stepping up to deal with that and improve your life.

  • Ooooh, #10 is critical. So very critical.

  • Yes indeed. Makes a massive difference.

  • All are great. I especially like #8,9, and 10 13,and 14!!

  • Glad you found so many that were of value to you. Enjoy experimenting with them.

  • What a great list! #10 and #11 are very powerful. I am not very good at #19. My family is helping me learn how to celebrate my successes.

  • Good to hear your family are helping you celebrate more. So important. Enjoy it.