Lacking motivation at work? You're not alone.
I've been there. You're sitting at your desk, unmotivated and unmoving. You turn on your computer and stare at the screen for a few minutes before you decide to go out for an early lunch because you just can’t seem to get going. We all have those days where we feel like we're not good enough or smart enough or experienced enough to make any kind of difference in our jobs. But what if I told you that most people have experienced that feeling? And even some of the most successful people can relate? What if I also told you that it’s okay?
Staying motivated doesn't mean being perfect all the time -- no one is! It means finding ways to cope. Here are a few strategies you can use to keep yourself on track so you don’t slack off!
1. Keep a to-do list so you know what needs to be done.
I LOVE lists! They help me to stay focused on my tasks throughout the day, but I also get great satisfaction when I get to check things off!
2. Set goals for the day and evaluate your progress at the end of each workday.
Keep this simple. You know what your main objectives should be for each day. Write them down and take a pulse around lunch, and then again at the end of the day. Make a note of where you need to pick up for the next day.
3. Make sure you have an outlet for stress relief, such as hobbies or exercise.
Having a hobby or an activity to look forward to can help keep you motivated throughout the day. Whether it’s going to the gym for that 6PM boot camp, reading the newest bestseller or hitting a pottery class on the way home. Make sure you have something that helps you to completely disconnect from work.
4. Get enough sleep - it's important for productivity, and your health.
I’m no doctor, but most of them will tell you that 7-8 hours per night is the minimum. Don’t sacrifice in this area. You’ll thank me later.
5. Take frequent breaks throughout the day to recharge your mental energy.
Take a walk around the block, go to the breakroom for a quick cup of joe, play a quick game of sudoku. Whatever it is, taking short breaks multiple times throughout the day can reenergize you and help you maintain your focus.
6. Schedule time in advance for non-work-related activities like family time, socializing with friends, or relaxing by yourself.
This is non-negotiable! If you don’t plan for these activities, then they won’t happen. Don’t get sucked into the work vacuum. (Queue "Cat's in the Cradle".)
Now I know not all of these tips will be relevant to every person. However, if one or two seem like they might work for you, it's worth a shot! Be flexible. Don't be afraid to change up your routine if something isn't working for you.
What has been most helpful for your motivation at work?