Inject an Extra Dose of Motivation to Your BOooooring Workday
With a growing to-do list and several distractions, it can get difficult to keep your motivation high each day. After all, it’s not easy to do the same thing day-in, day-out, especially if you don’t like your boss.
Some days you will feel more energetic (Fridays and paydays?), on other days each task will seem like a huge block of weight on your shoulders.
Bored? As tempting as it is… Do you really want to spend your time like this?
Here’s How You can Motivate Yourself- even if It’s Monday AND even if the Payday is a Week Away
- Why are you doing this? Make sure you know what it is exactly you are working for in the grand scheme of things. Are you working for the money? If yes, write down precisely what you want to do with the money you earn. Is it because you enjoy what you’re doing and would like to be an expert in your field? Use visualization techniques and imagine your future self as a very competent professional in your chosen career path. When you work each day knowing what it is you’re aiming for, the daily tasks will be easier to bear.
- Think bite-sized. One look at a difficult project can instantly zap your motivation. The task will seem less daunting when you break up the project into bite-sized chunks.
- Make breaks a priority. You can only do so much work before you start to feel less attentive and energetic. Give yourself breaks after a certain time. Walk around the block after 45 minutes to an hour of work. You can also stretch and have a cup of coffee when your eyes start to feel tired. The breaks don’t have to last long – 10 to 15 minutes will do you a lot of good.
- Reward yourself. For every milestone you cross, find ways to reward yourself. Small rewards can do wonders. Tell yourself you get to eat your favourite snack as soon as you complete a certain task or two. Reward yourself with lunch at your favourite cafe after a few hours of work in the morning. Motivate yourself by thinking of the movie you’ll enjoy in the evening when the day’s tasks are done. You’d be surprised what these little rewards can do to propel you forward.
- Don’t expect perfection. Let’s face it, some days you will really feel down and unmotivated. You’re only human. Even professional athletes don’t always feel motivated when they wake up at dawn every day. The world’s most prolific writers have days cursed with writer’s block.
What separates professionals from amateurs? Professionals go in and do the work no matter what they feel that day. Sometimes you just have to show up and get it done, feelings be darned.
Follow these tips the next time you’re feeling low at work. There’s nothing like enjoying your job – the quality of work you produce is proof of your level of motivation.