How to re-motivate yourself, no matter your mood
Motivation at work is not always easy. A lack of inspiration, tiredness, or just not being in the right frame of mind can all have a negative effect on productivity and job satisfaction. The less motivated you are, the harder it can be to get yourself through the day and can even have long-term effects on your career. It’s why it’s so important to find ways to get through those low motivation periods and develop strategies that will re-motivate you.
However, techniques are very personal, and using the wrong methods can often have a detrimental effect. The following ideas may be the key to finding that fresh burst of motivation required to get your work done.
1. Leaving your desk
It may feel counter productive to consider leaving your desk as a way to get your work done. However, taking a break from staring at a screen will give your mind greater space to explore new ideas. Take a break between each completed task. They can be short breaks, like making a round of tea for your colleagues, or simply taking a stroll around the office to stretch your legs. If you work in a coworking office space, taking regular breaks also gives you the chance to interact with other remote workers, and those discussions can quickly lead to fresh ways of thinking and a burst of motivation.
2. Keep it tidy
Your desk is your control centre, so if it’s cluttered with personal effects and rubbish your productivity is going to falter. The more barriers you have between you and your work, the less streamlined your workflow is going to be. It really is that simple. Make sure that paperwork is filed away so that it is easier to find when you need it. Ensure that there is as little on your desk as possible. This is especially important if you have shared office space. The fewer distractions you have, the greater your focus will be, and that can be a massive boost to both creativity and motivation.
3. Reward yourself
Progress is often the best motivator, which is why it’s a good idea to reward yourself for every successfully completed task. No matter how you break down your workload, ticking items off of the list will encourage productivity, especially if you set up a reward system for yourself as well. These needn’t be excessive rewards that are counter-productive, such as a more extended lunch break that will leave you behind on your workflow when you finally return to your desk. Make your rewards healthy or career-related, and your motivation will be significantly improved.
4. Break down workload
An excessive volume of work can be a worrying block to your motivation. Looking at your work as a single entity that needs to be completed can often make it difficult to know where to start. The best way to counter this is to break your workload down into manageable chunks. Work out the most essential elements and focus on those first. The act of prioritising will give you a much better perspective, and give you the freedom to have greater control over your workload management. Never be afraid to ask for help if your workload seems excessive, but remember that the higher your motivation, the better your productivity.
Although everyone finds motivation in their own ways, these techniques are shown to be valuable to your working strategy. Incorporate them into your working day, and you will find that you will be better able to manage your workload and discover new ways to motivate yourself.
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