We’ve all been there. You have a list of things to do and NO motivation to get any of it done. But when it comes to your job, not doing it isn’t an option. Figuring out how to get motivated will help you tackle your workload when you’re just not feeling it. We’ve compiled a list of 8 ways to get you motivated at work. Check them out.
1. Do It Anyway
The best way to get motivated is by action. You don’t become productive because you found a spark of motivation. You become productive by doing. Mel Robbins, Author of The 5 Second Rule, suggests to count down from five and to take action before you have time to talk yourself out of it. “5,4,3,2,1…….. go”. This forces your brain to take action and eliminates the excuses that start flooding your brain. Try it and see how it affects you.
2. Fuel Your Brain
Being aware of what we consume ourselves with, is highly overlooked. If you’re spending time watching reality tv, listening to the news, and surrounding ourselves with complainers, then inevitably you’re going to feel negative, bored and unmotivated. One of the best ways to change this is changing what you’re listening to. For example, instead of watching reality tv, watch a documentary or a show that makes you laugh. Instead of watching the news, listen to a motivational Podcast or a personal development Audiobook. Instead of surrounding yourself with negative people, add some positive people into your circle. We are hard-wired to learn, grow and progress. If you fuel your brain with positive, motivation it’s just a matter of time until it leaks into your mood and in turn, your work.
3. Make a List
The lack of effort comes from a lack of a plan. Sometimes all we need is a visual of WHAT work needs to be done. This is why making a list is SO crucial. It takes the stress off, and it puts everything down on paper. Jot down your to-do’s and start crossing things off.
4. One Bite at a Time
If you feel like you can’t get motivated to work, check your workload. When you’re faced with a lot of things on your “to-do” list, you get overwhelmed and end up avoiding wanting to start at all. Instead, break down your workload into “bite-sized pieces”. If you have one large project that needs to get done, map out the steps that take to accomplish it, and then tackle each small step one at a time. By doing this you allow yourself to accomplish little wins, which gives you the confidence to keep going.
5. Start with the Easier Tasks First
Sometimes all we need to get motivated is some self-confidence. The best way to build it? Completing tasks. You may have heard the advice to complete the biggest task, first like in Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog. However, it can also discourage you from gaining any headway at all if the first task is too big. If you complete the smaller easier tasks first, your list won’t feel as long and you’ll muster up the motivation to keep moving along.
6. Give Yourself an Incentive
If the end-date for your workload is not in the near future, a fun way to keep yourself motivated is to reward yourself throughout the process. Give yourself credit for making progress. Think about the some of the tasks you need to tackle, and create benchmarks of incentives that will help you reach them. This will not only encourage you to accomplish those things but also give you something to look forward to as you do it.
7. Start a Mantra
When you are just NOT feeling it because you are having a tough day, something more fun and light-hearted you can do is create a mantra. Something you can say to yourself to motivate yourself to keep going. You can say something like: “When I do work I’m proud of, I’m proud of myself”, or any of these 10 mantras, here. When we say positives things to ourselves over and over, we drill it into our brains.
8. Get Some Self-Care In
When we’re feeling uninspired, unmotivated and frankly unhappy; a little self-care goes a long way. If you’ve been constantly doing and working without any downtime, there’s no surprise you’re feeling the way you are. Self-care is crucial to let your body recover, re-focus your brain and take care of yourself. Some of the ways you can do this are getting to bed an extra hour earlier, having some tea, taking a bath, reading before bed, watching a show that brings you joy, blocking out a chunk of your weekend to just do nothing etc. There is a laundry list of things you can do. Find something that fills up your cup and you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel when it comes time to get back to work.
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