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Staying Motivated At Work

6th September 2018

Staying Motivated At Work

No matter how much you love your job, staying motivated at work can be difficult.

You may have hit a rut on a project you’re working. Or maybe you’re just having a bad day. But it is not uncommon to feel motivated.

Check out our tips on how to rebuild the motivation and get back to your sparkling work!

Work Towards Targets

Goal setting is quite a common theme across most of our top tips – because it’s so effective. Having targets to work towards can help reduce stress, improve productivity and help you become more organised. And, guess what, it can keep you motivated!

We strongly advise writing yourself a to-do list. That may be daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. You may do all four! Whatever you choose to do, it will be hugely beneficial to you.

Having a list of what you need to do in, written there in black and white, simplifies it. It makes it attainable. Then, as you start completing the tasks, you can tick them off. The feeling of ticking each individual task of will give you a feeling of accomplishment.

If you’re struggling, choose some of the shorter tasks to complete. The feeling of ticking them off and making that list smaller will motivate you to do more.

Look After Yourself

This is another point that regular features in our blogs. It’s important to take regular breaks and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As the saying goes: healthy body, healthy mind.

Outside of work, make sure you are getting regular exercise, eating well and getting plenty of sleep. Improving your lifestyle will help you feel fresher every time you go into work. This will automatically leave you more motivated.

Also, it’s useful to take a five minute break every hour or two. Make a drink, pop to the toilet or just change your point of view for a short while. This will help you rejuvenate your mind and get stuck back in to your role. Just make sure this break doesn’t turn into procrastination!!

Ask For Feedback

This one is a bit hit and miss.

Obviously feedback can sometimes be demoralising, but it can also be a massive boost.

Imagine putting your all into a piece of work, ensuring you produced it to the highest quality you possibly could. Then giving it to a colleague or manager for feedback. They come back to you to tell you have brilliant it is.

The confidence this provides you with is massive, and can be highly motivating.

Yes, this won’t happen every time. Sometimes the feedback may be full of improvements. The important thing to remember here is that is constructive criticism, which you can use to improve yourself.

Reward Yourself

Don’t be afraid to award yourself for doing well. Completed a hard task? Get yourself a treat.

Reward is a common form of motivation, especially for those who are extrinsically motivated. Knowing that if you complete a piece of work successfully, or to a set standard, you will get a reward, may be that extra push you need.

Take Time Off

The final tip is one of the most important, yet is massively underused by many people.

It is so, so, so important that you use your annual leave, take time off and recharge your batteries.

Many people won’t use up their yearly allowance, owing to being too busy or various other reasons. Whilst this may seem like you are proving your commitment, it will seriously damage your health, motivation and quality of work.

It’s important to take time, even if it’s just one or two days, to get out of the work environment, relax and recuperate. Whilst it may seem hard going back to work after, you will actually feel a lot fresher and more motivated.

Overworking yourself will damage your motivation. You will start to lose faith in what you’re aiming to complete and the will to do it will slowly disappear.

Make the most of your holiday.

 

When you are fully motivated, you do your best work. Try using these tips and watch your motivation, productivity and work quality go up!

 

 

 

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