Creative ways to motivate yourself

Being stuck at home during the pandemic has opened up new possibilities and doorways. We are now adapting to the changes around us and tend to turn towards lifehacks or creative solutions to solve everyday problems by ourselves.

One thing that hasn’t changed much is our struggle to be motivated to complete our work.

Let’s put aside conventional methods of motivation and try something outside the box.

1.The buddy system

Sports teams show much better results in terms of efficiency and success because of one simple underlining formula –The buddy system

The formal term for it being: Accountability.

When you are accountable to someone – to show up on time ,to complete a project or to simply show your work -your mindset shifts.

The simple act of telling your friend, family or siblings the work you plan on doing today or this upcoming week is a good start to implementing this.

2.Create a “Lifebook”

What is a Lifebook?

It’s a written document describing everything you want to accomplish in life.

This is a place where you can design your life the way you want it to be.

It answers questions like :

  • Who do I want to  be?
  • How do I want my day to look like?
  • What does my place of work look like?
  • What is my social circle like?

These are important questions to answer and write down in your Lifebook.

When you’re done designing it – take a step back and look at it.

Ask yourself this : What can I do today to be one step closer to achieving my goal?

3.Create a vision board.

Vision boards began booming a few years ago.

And not just because Oprah uses them.

Vision boards are renowned for their simplistic goal: to be able to actually visualize what you want.

It includes: people’s lives you admire, quotes that keep you motivated, questions that gets your thinking cap on and everything else in between.

By seeing what you want to accomplish every single day – you just have to learn to take decisions and to implement those into your day.

4. Hunt for inspiration

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

Saul Bellow

Your hunt for inspiration should never stop.

Go read book , watch movies and find quotes that inspire you. Find places where you can seek for inspiration. And them pick out things that will constantly inspire you.

For a writer like me – reading books and research is a source of inspiration that often boosts motivation.

So try the unconventional method of motivating yourself – the next time you find yourself in a slump.

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A Canvas of Lies : Flash Fiction Short Story

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Documenting your day :The ultimate guide

History is all about preserving moments in time , being able to revisit them and take a closer look.

Documenting your day is a way to give you a chance to press pause on your day and record it.That way you can visit it back years later and still remember how you felt or what you saw the first time that you did.

Egyptian scrolls to the diary of Anne Frank – all these are great examples of people documenting their life.

What is it:

The act of documenting your day refers to capturing moments of your day and having these memories to look back to anytime.It gives you a chance to freeze time .

Why you should do it:

Documenting your day allows you tell a story.Soon , sometime in the future it becomes a source of inspiration.

Follow me on my journey of learning to document my day,lessons I’ve learnt and the different ways you can do it.

When I started my documentation journey- I did everything in bits and pieces.

I used digital ,switched to a physical diary and jumped back.Most days I don’t have the willpower to do it.Sometimes it feels like to much of an effort.

It’s a process of trial and error.Try to figure out the best method that works for you and fits right into your day.

Reduce the friction it takes to document your day – make it something to look forward to instead of a chore.

Document your true authentic self.

Not just the moments that are:

  • Happy
  • Fun
  • Sparky

But also the

  • Inspirational
  • Mundane
  • Sad
  • Stressful

moments of your day.

This way you are documenting for yourself.You never have to show this anyone.Making it specially yours.

Every lifestyle guru recommends starting a journal.And within good reason too.Journal entries are perfect to help you pen down your thoughts,emotions and deal with stress.Grab a blank notebook and all the stationary you have.Use pictures, Washi tape or try calligraphy.

Use this journal to jot down anything and everything that comes up.Happy moments,moments of distress.You can use it “brain dump” all the stress and negative emotions you may have.

Use this journal to document your journey.

You know how employees of a company need to log in and out of their work day ?Their entries get time stamped.

That’s the idea behind this.If you want a more organised approach of documenting your day then you should try doing a log entry.

Here is a basic sample

9 am Wake up
10 am to 12 pm Read book
12 pm to 12:30 pm Lunch
And so on

If writing is not your thing – this snapshot diary is perfect.

The idea: To take pictures of various events during of your day – no matter how big or small.

Take pictures of the book you’re currently reading,the tv show you are watching or a quote you saw online.Document your day using pictures captured with your lens.

Then you can leave them timestamped in your gallery or put them into any note taking app and write a few lines describing each picture.

Vlogs or a video log.Literally every single Youtuber has them up online.

Vlogs rage in various themes and are super fun to make and experiment with at home.All you need is your phone and a tripod (if you have one.)

Different formats of vlogs include :

  • Day in the life
  • Study vlog
  • Cooking vlogs

Use the videocamera to record moments of your day.Take it up as a project and have fun with it !

Set up a phone or a camera on a tripod and record yourself speaking to the camera.It’s similar to a journal entry but only talking instead of writing down your thoughts and emotions.You can date stamp them to easily open up the video diary for any day you want.

And that’s it!

Experiment with various styles and have fun.See what you can easily manage to do in your day and go for it !

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A grocery run at 4 am

The “Sunday Market” as the locals at Hyderabad of the Hemanagar district call it, is something unique to the culture of the place. Overnight, the deserted blazing hot street turns into a bustling crowded market.   Over Saturday evening, stall vendors would lug their goods from all over the district and set up their wares…

Could ASMR be the hack to being more productive?

Ever miss the sounds of the library ?The turning of books?

Miss the sounds of the café ?With people bustling and coffee frothing?

Many people attribute their focus and productivity to the sounds around them. So, during the pandemic ASMR had begun replacing the real-life experience of libraries, cafes and offices. YouTube has been booming with ASMR videos helping people focus, improve productivity and relieve anxiety.

So, what is ASMR?

ASMR or autonomous sensory meridian response are a range of sounds and visuals. They range from page turning, to keyboard tapping, pen scratching on paper, crinkling and even rain drops. These ASMR sounds have taken up place in people’s lives even helping some deal with depression and improve productivity.

Although there hasn’t been intensive research on ASMR – a study conducted by the University of Sheffield found that, compared to non-ASMR participants, those who experience ASMR reported increased levels of calmness and decreased levels of stress and sadness.

ASMR may be the technique that people are looking for to become more productive.

Some common ASMR types

  • Page turning
  • Typing
  • Page crinkling
  • Water drops
  • Tapping
  • White noise

For some ASMR is a hindrance – making them lose their focus. But for others it often helps stimulate their creativity helping them get more work done.

So, the next down you sit down to work – try it out and see if it works. If it does, you’re looking towards many focused work sessions


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Try the coffee nap

Drinking coffee before a nap? Sounds a little counterintuitive, doesn’t it?

Caffeine naps are the latest evolution. When you feel drowsy and your eyelids begin to close right after that heavy lunch – instead of gulping down a cup of coffee or taking a regular 20-minute power nap – try a caffeine nap. ( AKA the coffee nap )

The concept?

To drink a cup of coffee and then take a 20-minute nap. It takes at least 20 minutes for the caffeine to kick into your system – giving you enough time to boos your energy with a quick 20-minute nap.

Why does this work?

Well, when the caffeine enters your system, it takes at least 20 minutes for its effects to start showing. When you feel tired – your body produces adenosine. When you sleep – your body begins getting rid of this adenosine – and gulping down a cup of coffee before this helps boost your energy levels.

According to research conducted in the 1990s, drinking a cup of coffee after a midday nap can increase concentration, performance skills, and cognition compared to taking a nap alone.

In their conclusion, the researchers stated that “the combination of a nap and caffeine was more effective in maintaining alertness and performance than was the nap alone.”

Hence by using both the components of a power nap and a coffee kick you wake up energised.

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The mind-blowing freedom of a routine

Before you throw your hands up in the air with an exasperated sigh and say “ routines are not my thing” or “ I don’t wanna live a monotonous life “

Hear me out.

You wake up and go to bed the same time every day.

Now what would happen if you were to mess up your sleep schedule? If you were to get 8 hours of disturbed sleep or if you tried to wake up at the crack of dawn when you’re a night owl.

You would be ok for a day or two and then you would hit a slump.

Because your body has a rhythm it has adapted to.

A routine. So you follow it.Unquestioned.

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Let’s say you’re an artist,a student ,a professor, a startup entrepreneur or someone looking to crush your goals.

When you’re shooting for the stars – the first and most important step is to build a routine.

All our great scientists,artists and successful CEO’s have one thing in common – a routine. A ritual. Structure to their day.

Take Darwin,Beethoven or Sundar Pichai for example.

This quote by Paula Coelho beautiful summarizes everything I want to say :

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.

Paulo Coelho

Routines give your mind immense freedom.Freedom to workout .To study. To write your book. To build your business.

It declutters your mind. Gives you a new profound clarity.

It reduces anxiety and stress. It gives you more control over your day allowing you to accomplish everything you have set out to. It helps you stay motivated and on top of your work.

So how do you build a routine?

2 simple methods often talked about are :

Time blocking

Time blocking simply needs you to allot or set time slots for different tasks during the day.

For eg :

6 am to 7 am : Morning jog

7 am to 8 am: Catch up on the daily news + Breakfast

8 am to 9 am : Tick 3 things of to do list

And so, on

Habit stacking

This focuses on stacking one habit over the other. The end of one habit signifies the start of another.

For eg:

Eat breakfast

After I have a healthy breakfast, I will go on my morning jog

After my morning jog I will catch up on the daily news.

And so, on

As a writer, creativity is my fuel. And routine helps me keep my tank full.

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How a mental reset can boost your productivity

At home,everytime the Wi-Fi router starts acting up or acts all funny ,I simply turn it off and reset the whole thing.

And magically like a whole orchestra coming together the Wi-Fi router begins to function as smoothly as before.

Your brain is just like that.

It has too much to handle and begins lagging behind. You’re falling behind on deadlines. You can’t seem to remember the last time you took some time off. You simply can’t get anything done.

All you need is a quick reset.

Signs you need a mental reset


You feel “down in the dumps”

When you can’t pinpoint that one thing that is really making you feel this way and nothing seems interesting to you anymore.


Little things set you off.

You feel overwhelmed and simply can’t figure out what to do about it.


You keep moving from one task to another

You keep switching up your tasks and leave everything unfinished.

Me for example? I picked up my textbook after which I decided to make a mocha coffee ( check back later) and then finally just sat down and jotted this blog post.


It doesn’t spark any inspiration

When was the last time you got out of bed excited for something to look forward to ?

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How you can do a quick mental reset and be more productive

A quick formula

Aim for a 100 % and pat yourself on the back if you get 70 % done.

Doesn’t seem like a lot at one go .But do that everyday and you will be much more efficient over time.

Go all Marie Kondo

Or don’t.But make your space lively and clean

Clean up your room.

Do a digital detox.

Hang up some fairy lights.

Make your workstation somewhere you want to come at sit at everyday

Get back to the drawing board

Get back to your drawing board and start re-planning things.

Ask yourself these 2 questions :

What do I want to get done everyday ?

And how much am I really able to accomplish ?

Use these two questions as a guideline and plan your new routine.

A new day is a new start

Something you need to remember when your day feels sluggish and slow

A new day means a new start.A fresh start.One full of new chances.

Use that and seize the day.

Begin the night before

If you know you are stuck in a mental rut right now -begin planning for your next day.

Plan your new routine. Sign up for a few fun classes. Clean up and get yourself ready to tackle a new day.

Get it out of your system

Vent.Cry.Scream into a pillow.

Draw or go out on a run

Whatever fits your niche.

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25 things to do at home ~Quarantine Diaries

8 months into 2020 and it has been a whirlwind so far. Phew!

Settling into our new roles and getting adjusting to the unfamiliar space of work/school from home did take some time. 

By now we’ve mastered to take control over our day and set up a system for the lockdown period.

But now we are stuck finding ways to spend our free time at home without having to rely on the telly as our only source of entertainment.

All this free time being cooped up inside can soon lead to boredom and frustration. So here are 25 things you can do!

1.TED talks and podcasts 

These are fun to listen in to and really ignite your thinking cap! So plug in your earphones and listen to a few podcasts on topics you want to pursue.

PODCASTS I’M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO -Paradox of efficiency, Cost of work stress & The puzzle of personality 


Since you’re in your room all day why not mix things up a little and make it more lively?

Pinterest and YouTube are abundant with so many different room decor ideas and DIY’s to make online school a breeze.

3.Catch up on your movie /documentary list 

Remember when you told yourself you would watch that movie or documentary as soon as you got a free weekend? Well, its time to pop open that list and get watching!

MY LIST: Air Force One, The President’s Bodyguard 

4.Rekindle an old habit you loved 

For me, it was reading. Being unable to visit bookstores and actually feel the presence of books put me into a reading slump for the better half of this year.

So try making some changes and rekindle an old habit by finding alternatives.


You don’t have to use glue, paper and pictures for this but instead, can look at different ways to preserve your memories.

You could try: Vlogging or videography, Writing or journaling, Making a collage online 

6.Try your hand at calligraphy 

7.Mandalas and Art

Doodling mandalas (or even zentagles ) are a fun way to destress and get in touch with your artistic side. 

Pottery, canvas painting, sketching are some others you could try.


9.Call up a friend or a relative and check-in 

10.Take care of your mental health 

Take a break. Try yoga, meditation or whatever fits your niche.

11.Learn to experiment 

Lockdown has taught me that change is constant. And things would be easier if I simply learnt to be flexible to the change and adapt to it.

This has helped me learn to experiment with different things.

Experiment with your routine, your workout, your meals or your work method 

12.Register for webinars or competitions 

13. Declutter your room 

14.Pick up a new skill

Udemy and Coursera are offering free courses for this lockdown period.

15. Arrange your bookshelf

It will finally give you a chance to tackle your TBR 

16.Plan ahead 

Plan for your upcoming assignments or goals you want to accomplish this month.

17.Pick up 3 daily habits 

3 small habits that you can dedicate  15 -30 minutes every day 

18.Get some peace and calm.

When was the last time you actually stopped during your day and sat down for a few quiet moments?

19.Tackle your to-do list 

I just crossed one off my list.

Finish writing blog post 

20.Pick up a challenge 

It could be a 30-day art challenge or a 15-day reading challenge. 

21.Put things into perspective by journaling 

Pause for a moment and look at your day. What are you currently doing? What do you dislike? What would you like to incorporate into your day? What can you change?

22.Go net surfing

You could pick up a topic or two you would love to learn more about and read up all you can about it.


23. Organise your workspace.

Our workstations are in constant use throughout the day. So why not make it lively with a few desk organizers and a little decluttering.

Place a calendar, your routine and sticky notes to jot things down as they come and go.

24.Cook something for yourself or for someone else 

A salad or a brownie -your choice!

25.Watch /Read something that makes you smile.


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Until next time 

Ishita Tenjerla 



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