Ok, so let’s be honest, work for the most part sucks. Even if you’re part of the 13% of people worldwide who actually like going to work, chances are likely that you’d rather be doing something else, right?
Even if you love your job, you will most likely not feel motivated every day, and that’s OK. Perhaps you’ve just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. Suddenly doing the dishes at home sounds very appealing and, strange how your hunger kicks in right when you’re staring at that blank document … Can you relate?!
According to Zig Ziglar: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing- that’s why we recommend it daily.”
So, if you’re feeling a bit “meh”, there’s hope, thankfully!
Here are a few tips for staying productive and motivated:
- Exercise before work. According to the Mayo Clinic working out in the morning causes the entire cardiovascular system to work more efficiently, upping your energy levels for the whole day. Full of energy and ready to kill it versus barely rolling out of bed and showing up for work only half awake… Easy choice!
- No, seriously … get enough sleep. Now is not the time to pull all-nighters!
- Make to-do lists your friend. Draft a short to-do list every night to keep you on track. Visualize your day and prioritize accordingly. Crossing things of your list is super satisfying and will give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
- Get organized. Nothing is more of a buzz kill on your productivity than a cluttered environment. Tidy up your desk and tame your email, and breathe!
- Step away from the desk. Take a short walk around the office or take the afternoon off. After all, you can’t force greatness!
- Build personal relationships. Go to lunch or grab a drink with a colleague. Being around like-minded people will help to motivate you at work.
- See yourself as unstoppable. Literally write the word “unstoppable” on a Post- It or use it as your screen saver, so that it remains in your conscious mind. Remind yourself daily of your strong points.
- Be clear on your end goal. Having something to work towards makes working worthwhile. Make sure to celebrate the smaller successes on your way to the top!
- Keep it in perspective. Besides the pay, work is often about realizing your potential, feeling alive and useful, feeling connected and creative, and making a difference. Also, very important, remind yourself that work is work and that you have a life outside of work to look forward to.
- Enjoy your passions. If you’re lucky enough to know what makes you happy, you need to do it. Even if it’s an hour each week; you have to!
Motivation is a choice, not a consequence. What if we could find ways of living this thing called life “deliberately”? Imagine that …
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