So we’ve all seen #mondaymotivation, attached to pictures of gorgeous bodies or stuffed purses. But what does a midwife’s Monday motivation look like? And why is it important to have?
First of all, I firmly believe that it’s much harder to work for something when you don’t know what it is you’re working for. I’m a very visual person, I always have been, so I always need to have a visual goal. For the last few years, it’s been a page from the Dundalk Institute of Technology prospectus, the page that outlines the midwifery course. I think it came from a 2011 prospectus, and I still have it! So every day for the last six years, that page has motivated me.
Monday motivation is like a little extension of this. There’s an endless amount of hashtags out there, meant to inspire. Sometimes I think they have the opposite affect, turning life into some kind of competition (but that’s a whole other rant for a different day!).
Now, I can’t speak for everyone but I know that if I’m doing seven twelve or thirteen hour shifts per fortnight, I’m fierce lazy on my days off. I spend the day in my pajamas with Netflix on. I disgust myself, because there are so many better ways to spend my time! I have a whiteboard at the end of my bed, and every week I write a to-do list on it. It feels amazing crossing things off that weekly list, to see my productivity. So why not harness #mondaymotivation and on a monthly basis set myself a bigger goal?
Whether it’s a professional goal to read one new piece of research every week (or one a month), or a fitness goal to get out and start running, or a fun goal like saying you want to doodle dinosaurs every night before you go asleep, I think we should make these goals. We should commit to them in some way, be it posting on instagram or keeping a journal and tracking our progress. And we should have fun!
So I am today making a commitment to drawing. I was always drawing as a kid, I have more scraps of paper around the house than I do hairs on my head (which is a lot). In the last few years, I haven’t done it as much. I recently bought an anatomical drawing book and I can’t wait to try it out!
What are you going to commit to? A doodle, a good book to finish four weeks from now, or something more wild and exciting? Let me know in the comments and we can all motivate each other! And if you get motivated in different ways, share it! You never know who you could inspire ❀
*featured image via krochetkids.org*