I’ve worked at a few different jobs and I think that no matter what job you do, you always go through phases where it’s harder to stay focused, on-track and motivated. So here it is, my ultimate list to keep you motivated at work:
- Setting goals. I like to write down not only what I need to get done but also where I want to go. How is my current situation adjusting to that goal? And to the bigger picture? I have a little coil notebook that sits on my desk, it is where I write down my tasks or “to-do list” weekly and also I jot down some goals about every 4 weeks. Since I started doing this, I have found that I have reached my goals much easier, even though some of the goals did seem a little over-zealous at the time. I think writing it down helps in two ways. If you do see that you’re on track or even excelling when you check in on your progress, you will be motivated and happy that you are getting there. And if you see that you’re lagging on your goals it may be the kick in the butt to help get you back on track.
- Be the best at what you do. Do what you do with passion or don’t do it all. There are many people who appear to be doing things for all the wrong reasons. Sure, I get it, we all have to work and some jobs just aren’t as awesome as others. But even if you don’t like a job, be thankful for that experience because it pushes you more into a direction you do want to go. Each experience is just a stepping stone to get you to your goal.
- Decorate your surroundings. I find I work better if my space feels like “mine”. Even if you are in a dull office environment, if you have a pretty surrounding, you will likely be more motivated. Try to make a nice mood-board, a few pictures of loved ones or have fresh flowers next to your computer.
- Variety. If it feels like you’re doing the same old repetitive work, day after day, it’s not so stimulating – to say the least! But when you’re engaging lots of different skill sets, well, that’s fantastic for your motivation. Try to structure your days so that you’re working on different tasks throughout the day. For example, instead of working on finances all day on Monday and then working on your marking plan on Tuesday, try to do both in smaller three-hour chunks each day. Stimulating different parts of the brain will jump start your motivation.
- Give yourself a break. It’s impossible to be 100% focused all the time. Sometimes even the most determined people get overwhelmed. No matter how crazy your schedule is, it is important to give yourself a break, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Sometimes that is all you need. You will be much more productive after. Your best options are getting outside for a breath of fresh air, getting active, or sometimes just a quick break away from your computer screen. Whichever the case, the most important thing is – say it with me – take a break!
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone falls short sometimes, everyone makes mistakes sometimes. If you happen to not meet your goals for the week, don’t get too down on yourself. Take it as a lesson. It’s best not to dwell on the failures, but just accept it as a human occurrence, and keep working towards your goals.
- Find joy in what you have accomplished. Honestly, this is something I think many of us need to work on and to do more. It’s important to have reflection time and list the things you’ve accomplished. Work shouldn’t always be about the daily to do list and the keeping up with everything. Make a list with that you have accomplished and what you are most proud of. I guarantee that you will feel better about your work.
So what’s getting in the way of you being motivated at work? Find out, and then find a solution.