Success comes down to hard work and dedication.
Staying excited and focused on your job can be hard. The lack of motivation at work can be a result of a number of causes including burnout, not enough sleep, boredom, an overloaded desk, no clear goals, repetitive and monotonous actions or even just rainy days.
You are at your desk, staring at the computer screen, pushing yourself to type, create, develop, and instead, you find yourself totally uninspired.
You go through the motions, barely paying any attention to the work you are producing. Even people who love their jobs may have trouble pushing themselves to work at times.
It is perfectly normal to have a less-than-productive day from time to time, so don’t stress yourself about it. There are times when you just need that extra push to get yourself going. To be successful at what you are doing, you need to be at your best and can only give it 100% when you feel motivated. With a drive to perform better, everything will fall into place.
Here are seven tips that will help keep you motivated to work harder:
1. Don’t think about it as hard work.
One of the best ways to motivate yourself is to not think about what you're doing as “hard work.” Allow the work to help you become who you want to be and a step forward to success. When you have decided to do something, don’t think about how difficult, frustrating, or impossible it might be; instead, think about how good or proud you would feel after you have accomplished it. Imagine the project given to you not as a burden but as an exciting puzzle that will help you move ahead in your field of work. This way, motivation will come by easier.
2. Break up your tasks into smaller tasks/goals.
It is important to have a really big, ambitious goal that you’d like to achieve. But to get there, make sure you break down that goal into bite-sized consumable pieces. This will help you spot obstacles along the way, and you can prepare yourself to overcome them. Small achievements might seem rather menial, but this can boost your inner work morale tremendously. It will also give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete smaller goals. The feeling of making progress and achieving something is a beautiful combination.
3. Surround yourself with other people who work hard.
To further motivate yourself to do better, it is helpful to be around other people who are working just as hard. It can be your co-workers who inspire you to do your job better or a group of like-minded friends whose company you enjoy; it is crucial to have peers who push you to succeed and not bring you down. The people you surround yourself with will play a major role in your personal and professional life. Hence, it is important to surround yourself with people who balance hard work and leisure.
4. Bribe yourself.
Not every step to improve motivation at work is idealistic. One of the more efficient ways to keep yourself going is to reward yourself. Make a decision to treat yourself if you manage to complete a set of tasks. Acknowledge even the little things you are doing. Treat yourself to the things you like and don’t underestimate how gratifying it can feel to recognize small accomplishments. This will not only motivate you but will also make you feel good about what you are doing.
5. Remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Nothing can motivate you more than constantly reminding yourself of your “why.” Whether you are writing an article, designing a plan, or building a product you love, it is crucial to remain in touch with what inspires you. Everyone has a vision and whenever you feel uninspired, take a step back and think about why working hard will make all the difference in achieving that goal.
6. Set a quit time.
Professionals these days typically work eight to five, and thanks to emails and Skype, it can even stretch to a 24-hour workday. It’s important to identify when enough is enough. You need to make a firm decision to stop at a certain point and give yourself a break. This will help you feel more refreshed, and you will be a lot more productive when you get back to work. It’s unrealistic to think you can be energized all the time. You need to give yourself time to cool off and unplug from the demands of your job. This will help you perform harder and smarter.
7. Take care of yourself physically.
In some cases, the problem isn’t mental, but it’s physical. Even if you have the willpower to work hard but don’t have the physical energy to complete the task, getting yourself to finish it can be difficult. It is important for every working individual to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep, maintain a healthy diet, and try exercising. If your body is not feeling up to it, it can be really hard to stay motivated and give your best at work.
At the end of a hectic day, everyone wants to go home and feel proud of what they have done. Treat your job, no matter what it is, with pride and respect. There are times when your work is not ideal, but there is a reason you are doing it. Just focus on the “why” to give yourself an exciting and happy experience. Having the right work ethic and attitude can go a long way in helping you feel satisfied.
Do you have a trick in mind that helps motivate you to work harder? Tell us in the comments!