4 (Easy) Ways to Stay Motivated at Work When the Going Gets Tough

4 (Easy) Ways to Stay Motivated at Work When the Going Gets Tough

Motivation is a slippery thing.  

Sometimes, we start the day feeling refreshed, driven, and excited for the tasks ahead. Yet, on other days it's hard to find the inspiration just to get out of bed.  

On days when stimulation is elusive, you can spend your day staring helplessly at a computer screen, without ever getting anything done. Unfortunately, this isn't the best way to push your career goals forward and impress your boss.  

Learning how to rediscover your motivation when you're just not feeling it can be the key to ensuring you're part of the high-performing team that delights your manager, conquers your to-do-list, and helps you to tackle each project with vigour 

Here are four easy ways to go from fatigued to focused. 

1. Write A Clear To-Do List 

A strategic schedule is a powerful workplace resource. It ensures that you don't only spend your hours working "hard," but that you work smart too.  

To plan a successful day, start by writing down all the tasks you must do in order of most to least important. Then, go through your list, and look for anything that you can delegate to other members of team or things that don't need to be done until another day.  

With your refined list in front of you, remember to focus on one thing at a time, giving each project your full concentration. Multi-tasking can seem like a tempting way to avoid overwhelm, but trying to do multiple things at once is actually a drain on your productivity.  

Additionally, remember to tick or cross off each task as you complete it. This might seem like a small thing, but it affirms the fact that you're making progress, and can help to increase your levels of motivation. The more you complete, the more exhilarated you'll feel and your brain loves it too! 

2. Take Productive Breaks  

If you never seem to have enough time in the day to get everything done, then taking breaks might seem counterproductive. However, it may be the ultimate way to achieve your goals 

Sometimes a lack of motivation doesn't come from problems with productivity or procrastination. You might be having trouble with your task because you're looking at it from the wrong perspective, or you're struggling to find your creativity.  

If that's the case, then it's useful to pull yourself out of your typical environment and take some time to refresh your mind. Walking away from your desk, looking out of the window, or getting a glass of water gives you a moment to reboot your brain.  

A break can be particularly productive when you can't stop obsessing over a problem. Stepping outside of the situation for a moment or talking to someone else about your issue will help you to recognise the things you need help with, as well as the things you can't control.  

3. Surround Yourself with the Right People 

There's a reason why millennials, among other top-tier talent, prefer to work for organisations with a great company culture. It's easier to feel driven if you're surrounded by dedicated and happy employees all ready to help you achieve your goals.  

The people around you can affect your mood. If you're constantly struggling to overcome the negativity of someone at the desk next to yours, then it'll be much harder for you to focus on finding your own motivation.  

Surround yourself with positive people whenever possible, and if someone in your group is bringing you down, talk to them about their issues and let them know how it's affecting you. Psychology tells us that emotions are contagious. If your entire team is addressing a project with doom and gloom, why not be the person who finds the silver lining? 

Suggest looking at a task from a different perspective, and you may find that everyone ends up feeling more inspired.  

4. Celebrate the Little Things  

Finally, regardless of whether you're a financial whiz or a manufacturing expert, it's important to recognise your skills and reward yourself for the things you accomplish. It's tough to succeed in any industry these days, so it's worth patting yourself on the back for the things you do.  

Whenever you tick an item off your to-do list give yourself a mental pat on the back. When you get half-way through your project, treat yourself to a coffee, and a mini celebration. Remember that everything you do right is another step towards success with your career plan 

If you're the head of a team, you can even improve the entire company culture by encouraging the people you work with to celebrate their wins too. For instance, the next time you and your group complete a big project for an important client, take everyone out for lunch!  

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