One of the best ways to succeed in life is to master what keeps you inspired.
A strong and well-built productivity system is a great tool to help you achieve your goals. The better the system, the more you’ll be able to stay productive, and the more you’ll accomplish.
This system is simply the way that you manage your time each day. It’s the process you use to be productive and to get things done.
That last part is the most important. Doing things once is easy. Twice can be manageable. But, when your tasks stretch out before you like a never ending road, sometimes even the most motivated of us become unmotivated and unproductive.
One thing about productivity systems is that they rarely take emotions into account. The problem with that approach is that we are humans - feelings or emotions are part of who we are. One day, we feel down and other times, we feel pumped up and ready to take on the world. That is why we need to factor those into our productivity plans.
Lack of inspiration or motivation is what often forces us to give up on our goals and dreams, but it is important to keep in mind that even the most successful people kept going even when they did not feel like it. They found ways to become and remain inspired and to obtain strength from those inspirations. In addition, they found ways to motivate and inspire others.
“It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.” – Vince Lombardi
The good thing is that technology makes it so much easier for us to access resources online to stay healthy, inspired and motivated. We have online communities to support us, zoom meetings with colleagues to help keep our drive up, we have a variety of things like podcasts, music tracks, TED talks, books, magazines, affirmations, inspiring instagram accounts and apps - all designed to cater to our needs.
Here is our list of things to help us keep inspired and motivated with links to resources that you can use for days you need some dose of motivation. We hope that they inspire you as much as they inspire us.
Routine is everything
Isabel Zapf, our amazing founder, believes that a daily routine brings balance to the body and mind, the foundation for wellbeing as well as performance. For her, the morning routine is most important as it sets the tone of the day and gives it a frame and rhythm. By following your personal rituals on a daily basis, you will feel more calm, in control and powerful. Ultimately, you will become more resilient and adoptable to change as our routines help stabilise our mood which prepares us for a better day ahead. Already small tricks like ticking off things from our list to-do can give us a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Download the Z-Ora Wellness guide and get helpful tips on how to start a strong morning routine.
You only got one body - take care of it
Maria- our social butterfly who handles all things well, social, is a yoga teacher and practitioner, wellness and life coach. Maria uses her yoga practice and meditation to stay grounded. She believes in the power of having a balanced mind and body and incorporates mindful choices in everything she does. She believes that keeping herself busy with something that she’s passionate about is very important. “Keeping active is stimulating for the brain and I find that I am able to give so much more to what I’m doing and stay inspired if I make sure to practice, work out or meditate during the day”, she shares.
We should always remember to treat our bodies with the utmost respect. Our health has never been compromised as how it’s been since the pandemic has hit us last year. There are so many ways to stay fit and it is with utmost importance to take care of ourselves in times like these.
Less is definitely more
Minimalism, something both in design and as an approach to life, is one of the things Z-Ora believes in. The current crisis has massively affected and heavily influenced our way of understanding what’s important and what has no value so that we can put our time, focus and energy into the things that will help us reach our goals.
Take Marie Kondo’s “KonMarie Method” in mind the next time you give your space a general sweep. Letting go of the non-essentials and keeping what sparks joy and those that speak to the heart.
Follow the right people
Let’s face it, if scrolling Instagram were a workout, we’d all be a master trainer. Yes, spending too much time scrolling on socials is probably not going to get you to your goals but following inspirational people will help motivate you.
Check out these wonderful accounts that we love on instagram:
- @wwf_uk - Z-Ora believes in giving back to nature and that changing the world happens one small step at the time. WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation and their mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. If this is something you believe in, follow them and learn more about the things that you can do to support and help their cause. Educating ourselves is the first step towards making a difference.
- @popup_fitness - Olivia Van Maanen established Pop Up Fitness with her husband, Bart Van Maanen in 2014. Olivia runs luxurious fitness retreats, events and training for top modelling agencies in London and the Netherlands. Olivia regularly shares videos of workouts that you can do at home. These workouts will make sure to leave you feeling strong and ready to face the day head on!
- @nick.compton - Nick Compton is one of the best cricketers of his generation. Since retiring from the game in 2016, Nick has found solace in photography. Traveling the world with a camera in hand, he has turned photography into his own meditation. Nick’s journey of using the lens to bring awareness to cultures of less privileged society and sharing their lives to the rest of the world is a story that truly inspires us. Listen and learn more about the inspiring Nick Compton from the “Self Centred with Roann'' Podcast.
- @clairefyfecooks - Claire Fyfe’s passion for cooking started in her granny’s kitchen. This passion led Claire to take part in the renowned MasterChef series UK. Claire’s love for food comes with the realisation that to be able to enjoy life, you have to obtain some level of balance. Be inspired by Claire’s love for cooking as you scroll through her grid and may we suggest to try the soba noodles topped with salmon - you’re welcome.
- @rosiejunderwood - Rosie Underwood's page is a breath of fresh air. The nature shots, healing words and her stories will make sure to warm the heart. As a stylist/producer, health and beauty journalist, yoga teacher and integrative health coach, Rosie Underwood makes fitness and healthy living look easy and so full of life.
Learn new habits or re-discover old ones
Time has become a precious commodity because we are always so busy. Now that we have more time, what’s stopping us from using it sensibly? There are so many ways to be present – at the end of the day art is another form of meditation.
1. Take up online courses
If you’re working or studying from home due to COVID-19, you may be finding that you have more time to fill because you’re unable to go out and do some of the things you normally would.
If this is the case, you could use the extra time to learn a new skill and work on self-development. Whether it’s to learn more about a subject you’re interested in, upgrade your skills or gain new ones- All you need to have to participate is a computer, an internet connection and some free hours a week.
2. Budokan Yoga
Unlike other forms of yoga, Budokon provides an extra dimension that involves continuous circular movement in all planes of motion. We focus more on transitions between the poses rather than holding the poses themselves, which means we discover how to move gracefully and fluidly from one pose to another.
3. Mindful Movement
Calling all the ladies! @mamabeinglifestyle has just launched a new app -
The MamaBeing App has been designed to empower and build the strength and confidence of all mamas around the world. With pre and post natal training programs with a specialist trainer and ‘beyond baby programs’ with me, the app supports new mums, soon to be mums, future mums or just girls who want a great workout. The app is scheduled to evolve with what our users’ require - expect talks, star guests, live classes and more nutrition advice to come in the future. So keep your eyes peeled because we sure are!
Other resources that we love:
Michelle Den Hollander - Michelle is a Nutritionist, Catwalk trainer, Hormone expert and the show producer for @themodelshealthpledge. Michelle’s lack of good relationship with food prompted her journey to nutrition and when she found her path to healthy eating, she realised that she wanted to help others in the same situation as she was. Michelle’s passion to help inspires us.
Gili Biegun - Gili is an Art director, Photographer, and Stylist. Gili’s passion for Photography, Art and Fashion has been her core drive to pursue her life goals and is now the Editor-in-chief at her own online and print magazine - @joysmagazine. Gili’s motivation and drive is a reminder to us to go with what ignites fire in your soul and her appreciation of any brand that has a real purpose and a mission or brands that are truly sustainable in all aspects is something that speaks to our hearts.
Sharon Asscher - Sharon is an Orthomolecular therapist, Hormone Consultant and Colon Therapist. She helps women, men and children with various health goals to restore the balance in the body. Sharon’s journey to her love for food and health started from lack of health. After she experienced the power of nutrition she knew that she wanted to help others on their journey to optimal health.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Check in with these resources whenever you need a dose of positivity or to make the most of your time. Look for ways you can incorporate them into your day to day, transforming the humdrum into something nourishing.
Most importantly, also keeping in mind that WHO we surround ourselves with is who we become.
“The easiest way to stay motivated is to surround yourself with individuals who share the same habits in which you wish to create.” - Wayne Dyer
So take this chance to ask yourself, “Who do I surround myself with?” Do you surround yourself with people that bring out the good in you, or do you surround yourself with people that don’t align with the morals and beliefs that you hold? Because whether you know it or not, these things matter.