Working 40 hours every week can drain even the best of us of our motivation and inspiration. After grinding for years, clocking in early, doing overtime, drinking cup after cup of coffee, even the best of us can be put down. However, our bills need to be paid so we need to show up for work.
There is a question we often ask ourselves every day upon waking up: How do I find the motivation to go to work? While it can be very challenging at times, the trick is simply to build a motivational strategy for ourselves. By having a motivational strategy, we can combat being burnt-out. Furthermore, following a motivational strategy can provide us with the space to become more productive and fulfilled in work.
We understand how difficult it is to stay motivated at work. However, that does not mean it is impossible. In this article, we have collated 9 tips on how to build your motivational strategy and ultimately be more productive and fulfilled with your work.
1. Remember your significance on others
Years of doing the same thing over and over again in a tiny cubicle could lead you to forget the impact and significance your work has on others. Don’t worry! You just need to remind yourself of the worth and value your work entails. When you understand how the work you do leads to lasting impact for people your company serves, you also get to understand the importance of the role you play. Furthermore, when you know your worth and importance, your dull 8-5 job becomes so much more rewarding.
2. Knockdown the gigantic goals into smaller more realizable ones
Everyone can easily get overwhelmed with large and seemingly impossible tasks. The key here is to divide and conquer. When you break them down into smaller tasks, your goals become easier to realize. Additionally, the feeling of crossing out a finished task in your list is truly gratifying. Breaking down gigantic goals can help you fight the feeling of being overwhelmed. Furthermore, because tasks are made more manageable, you can continue to remain productive.
3. Time management is your friend
Create a schedule for yourself which includes time for short breaks. This is important because taking short breaks can help you refresh your mind. Furthermore, with a schedule, you can designate time periods for when tasks need to be done. This will help in keeping you on track with your work.
4. Be open for constructive criticism
One sure way of improving your self is listening to and accepting constructive criticism. Your bosses and colleagues can give you insight and feedback that will help you in developing yourself and your work. Furthermore, by knowing that there is feedback available that can help you grow, you can get a sense of what to look forward to in your work.
5. Reward yourself
Nope, a reward is not your lunch break. Breaks are one of your rights as an employee. So what exactly do we mean when we say you have to reward yourself? First, you will need to set up personal work goals. This means these are goals you set upon yourself and not tasks delegated to you by your supervisor. If you have completed your goal, you should reward yourself with something concrete and tangible. You can try treating yourself to your favorite meal or buying something online. When you know there is a reward waiting for you, you will feel more excited about completing a goal and moving to the next one.
6. Build your relationships
Sitting in your cubicle for 8 hours without sharing a conversation with people can definitely lead to having a dull day. Imagine if you do this 5 times a week for 52 weeks each year! This is why our days in the office get really tedious. Start to reconnect with your colleagues and build your relationship with them. We don’t mean small talk because that does not take anyone anywhere. What we mean is to build on your shared humanity with your colleagues. By doing so, you will be able to recognize that we are more than cogs in a machine.
Additionally, don’t skip the next team-building activity!
7. Share your ideas
When you are attending a planning meeting or a conference, be generous with sharing your ideas. No one knows where the idea for the next big thing can come from. It might come from you so you shouldn’t hold back with contributing your ideas. When you share your insights and your colleagues and bosses acknowledge them, you will come to the realization of how powerful it is to be seen and heard.
8. Have an expert you can learn from
Seek the advice of a mentor. It can be your supervisor, team leader, or anyone who you think has more experience to share. The workplace offers so many rooms for improvement and development. You really just need to knock on the right door.
9. Take risks
Challenging yourself is one way to get yourself excited for work. By taking on new challenges and overcoming them, you are showing your colleagues and supervisors that you have what it takes to perform astonishingly well.
After reading through our list of 9 tips to help you stay motivated for work, you are ready to start a new workday with a fresher mindset and a brand-new drive.