It’s summer, and even though you know you need to finish a project here or run an errand there, it can be pretty hard to stay motivated when you’re so tempted to grab your favorite bathing suit and run off to the beach . Trust me, I’ve been there, too, and here are some tips to keep your motivation in check.

子供の頃は夏になると、待ちに待った夏休みが楽しみで仕方なかったですよね。でも、大人になったらそうでもないのが現実。仕事や終わらせないといけないことで追われる中、全部投げ出して遊びにいきたい!実は私もそんな誘惑に誘われがちです。そういう時でもモチベーションを保つ方法5+1を教えちゃいます。

  1. Make to-do lists. やることリストを作る。I know, it’s the age-old piece of advice your mother or grandmother probably told you but… it helps. Write or type out the things you need to finish today, this week, by the end of the month, etc. If you know a task is going to take longer than another, start it earlier so as not to procrastinate.
  2. Move your body. 身体を動かす。Go on a run. Hit up the gym. Go swimming. Do Yoga. Pilates. Exercising a couple of times a week can really help clear your mind, and a good sweat will always do your body good. If possible, try to move your body in the morning before work. Trust me, you’ll have a more productive day ahead if you do.
  3. Read. 常に読む。It can be any kind of reading material – a book, a magazine, a newspaper article, a blog post, a tutorial. I always make sure I’m reading something everyday for the sake of absorbing information, and also because I personally love to read. Reading can also help develop new interests, especially because there is so much information out there nowadays. There are always benefits to reading 🙂
  4. Listen to new music. 新しい音楽を聴く。I mean, you can listen to whatever music you like, as long as it gets you in the mood to actually do something. But it’s always good to browse through new music once in a while, right? Good music can be a mood booster, so get on it!
  5. Take breaks. 休憩をとる。This is actually more important than you might think. Since some of the work I do requires sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time, I always need a break to move around, grab a snack, or just take a walk outside. Don’t ever feel obligated to sit in one position until the entire task is finished. Taking breaks might actually help you finish something in a shorter amount of time.

Oh, and just one more tip…

Take a vacation. でもやっぱり休みはとるべき!Because you deserve it. A getaway can leave you feeling more refreshed and recharged when you return to work. I know it does for me!

What are some of the things you do to stay motivated? Let me know in the comments!

あなたのモチベーションを上げるための秘訣は何ですか?是非シェアして下さい!

La Blanca bikini top & bottom, Forever 21 jacket, necklace & hoop earrings, Esqape sunglasses, Public Desire heels.

All photos by Fu Sheng Wang

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Firstly I love your outfit! Secondly I think this article is so important for a lot of people because it’s hard to be in work mode especially when it’s warm outside. I struggle with this every now and then but I use your tips including excercises and taking breaks. I’m also looking to add in vacations because it’s necessary to unwind and also regroup.

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Girl I love your swim suit! It’s so stunning!! Love this list that you have compiled to stay motivated. To be honest, I have been feeling a little unmotivated lately. Would definitely need to try some new music, and read more. and a holiday would definitely be helpful! Thanks for sharing your inspirations.

xx, Jessie
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Goddd you are such a babe!!! Love the beach cover up!

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Yaasss girl!!!

You look stunning <3

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These are such great tips! I read everyday as well, and taking vacation is definitely a great way to stay motivated! Also gorgeous photos!

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These are great tips for motivation and I agree with all of them. Summertime is tough because you just want to be lazy but it is good to keep lists and deadlines down. Summer is a great time to also move your body as you said and get into shape. Reading and music always inspires me as well so it that is a great way to stay motivated. xoxo, Christine
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To do lists and breaks are 2 big things I must to do in order to stay on track. I actually have this massive calendar on my wall that I place a post-it sticker on every time a task is completed. Summer time is for sure an easy time to slack, but we have to stay on track!

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I love your swimsuit! It’s stunning. Also great list! I definitely agree with the reading and exercise part. 🙂

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These tips are on point!! I try to follow each and every one of them. I especially do a things to do list because that saves me all the time and it helps to clear my brain. And yes! Vacations are always needed. I’m on one right now and I’m planning my next one while I’m on this one!

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I love the jacket – cannot believe it is from Forever 21. It is hard to stay focused in the summer especially if you are at the beach. You look amazing in the whole outfit.

Xxgracie

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Girrrl, you look so stunning in these photos! Needed to get that out of the way first because you are looking fierce! 🙂 Love your tips on staying motivated during the summer, which I must admit I’m having difficulty doing. I do love the sound of your last suggestion! A small getaway sounds like the perfect thing I need to recharge.

xo, Jo
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So with you on all of these, year around! Getting moving, making to do lists, taking time off and time away from the digital space is all so vital to keep us motivated and going. Love these photos! So high impact!
x Jenelle
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Love these tips! I have been so bad when it comes to reading. I know that my brain is in need of absorbing information that is not just all about blogging and social media. I need to prioritize this asap!!

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Thank you for these tips, babe. They are so on point now. Today I was procrastinating all day! I hate myself, I have so many thing to do, but I just can’t. I have to make my to-do lists and swim more. Otherwise I will die home alone doing nothing haha.
Your pictures look gorgeous, this black bikini looking so hot on you!

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You look totally gorgeous and so stylish! the bathing suit is just fabulous Adore this pictures and these tips are so helpful and great to keep me going!!! thank you for sharing!! love this post, babe!!!

Happy weekend! xx. Gina

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omg these tips are totally on point haha. as a content creator even though it’s summer i’m always working around the clock and i think i get burnt out sometimes! definitely need a vacation soon but thankfully i have some travel ahead of me 🙂 hehe thanks for sharing babe! you look stunning as usual. xo, sharon

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Wow girl, this post looks like something out of a Nylon magazine shoot. I love the swimsuit set and the sporty overlay is so edgy and chic. You def killed with the motivations, I think the summer does make me feel more lazy and wanting to relax as well so all the motivations helps!

~ xo Sheree
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I like the last tip the best! Summer means vacation to me and since I’m always busy and working, I want to take a vacay. I’m not really a beach person so I would rather workout or find something active to do. These shots are amazing BTW. I’m loving that mesh throw-over girl!

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Dear Samantha,
Thank you so much for these fabulous tips for staying motivated even during the summer! I love what you said about making lists, moving , reading, listening to music and taking a break and especially a vacation. My family and I finally went on a much needed vacation and it was exactly what we needed! And I have to tell you that you look positively gorgeous!!

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Oh hun, I needed this post so much right now as it’s high summer and everyone is posting amazing pictures from whatever paradise they’re in at the moment and I’m sitting here working my behind off for… what? The I realize I’ll be going on vacation when everyone else is actually working so yay to me. 🙂 As for the reading part I need to get more versatile. I basically only read blogs and newspapers nowadays, but I love reading books and really miss that hobby of mine. As always your pictures are purely stunning!
Thomas xx

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Omg holiday mode is always so unproductive haha I do think that making lists, having adequate sleep (too much sleep is actually bad) and listening to some music will get me through my lists!

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So on point with your post today! Love how inspiring and real it was. It definitely is hard to stay motivated with the warm weather, but making lists is the best way to go. You look stunning too! xoxo

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Beautiful sexy look. Your tips are very useful for me now I can’t be motivated. So many things to do and my children’s are at home with me. I’m preparing for the swim championships but when I’m created my posts and blogging , I’m really satisfied.
Trying to take a little force and concentration always help.
Xx
Eva
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damn girl! you look so beautiful!! I am obsessed with these shots, so editorial and fierce!

xo, Samira

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Wow, I’m motivated just looking at your hot hot body!! You look beautiful and your body is on point.

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Great tips & absolutely stunning photography. Love these photos so much.

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