Motivation is a big part of our daily life both at the office and at home. Whether we want to eat healthier or exercise more, we won’t do it unless we feel motivated to. Of course we all have days when we are exhausted or burned out and don’t feel like getting anything done. But there are ways to muster up more motivation for our jobs. Follow these 5 steps and you will reclaim your desire to be productive.
1. Choose the Most Pressing Tasks
According to experts, willpower is a significant part of motivation, and we don’t have an endless amount every day. Instead, we only have a bit of it. So why not use that small amount of willpower for what you truly need to get done? Think about when you feel the most motivated: is it when you arrive at the office are armed with a cup of coffee, ready to start the day? Or is it near the end of the work day when you know that the final hour is that extra push you need to get things done? Figure out what time of day you work best and do your most important work then. That way, you’re not wasting the entire day and wondering why you can’t muster up the energy to be productive. And luckily, getting more done makes you feel better, and you will want to continue.
2. Remember Why You Accepted Your Job
It’s easy to get bogged down with the mindless, less than thrilling tasks of any job. But there was a reason you applied for your current position and accepted it. Remember why that was and apply it to your work. Without any passion or belief in what you do, you won’t likely feel motivated, so it’s important to rekindle that fire.
3. Stay Positive
Being optimistic has been proven to help people deal with overwhelming circumstances, so it will definitely help you with your motivation at the office. How we think about something is often the key to what happens. If we think we can do something, we can. Other aspects of staying positive include doing things for yourself and your mental and physical health. Make sure to take some "me time" with an evening yoga class or Saturday morning hike with a good friend. This will allow you to focus your energy on your job and feel better overall, which will make you want to get more done.
4. Use the Reward System
Rewards work for kids: ask them to clean their room and promise a chocolate chip cookie afterward. There’s no reason not to do the same for yourself. If you’re really struggling to get a project done, give yourself the day to work on it and treat yourself to your favorite take-out for dinner. The reward will motivate you and make you feel like you’re working towards something. Again, it’s all mental.
5. Get Social
No man is an island, as they say, and you shouldn’t have to be one at the office, either. Making time to get to know your co-workers by having lunch in the breakroom if there is one or attending Friday after-work happy hours can go a long way toward making you feel motivated. If you believe in the company and feel like part of a team, you will be more likely to believe in what you do and want to do it.
We all struggle with staying motivated from time to time. Don’t let this be a daily occurrence and follow these 5 steps to regain your motivation.