Losing motivation is normal. We don’t all feel productive and on-the-ball all the time – that would be exhausting! Work doesn’t get done all by itself so we have to find ways to fall back in love with work, get motivated and boost productivity! Here are 5 ways to get motivated!
Change your work space
Are you bored of the same old surroundings? Move your desk or take yourself into a new environment to work. A change of scenery can go a long way and can even inspire you with new ideas for work! If you can’t move about then change starts at home, or in this case, your desk! Make sure your workspace is clean, spacious and practical. Ditch all clutter and chaos! A tidy desk is a tidy mind and yours needs a fresh start!
Reflect on your goals
What do you want out of this year? What’s the next level for your career? Setting clear goals for ourselves helps us stay motivated to work hard and regularly reflecting on these can make all the difference! Strategise what you need to do to get where you want to be, give yourself incentive to get there and a reward at the finish line. If you hit a certain target, do you get a raise? When you learn a new skill, you can apply to participate in a new and bigger project. Write down what you want and recognise that you need to work to get it!
Retail therapy for your desk
Do you have all the tools you need to do a good job? Add something new to your desk and get excited to use it. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I buy stationery that can improve my organisation skills. The shiny new object makes me want to use it, giving me a motive! When I have a lot of typing to do, I polish my nails so I have something nice to look at. You might find that you’ve been putting something off because it takes a long time, when making a work-related purchase could have made life easier and therefore you’re more motivated to approach the task.
Learn a new skill
There are always ways we can improve. We fall into a pattern of doing the same tasks and not taking on anything new and different but we need challenges to wake us up! Learning and continuing to develop your skills is key to staying an expert at what you do, especially if you work in a changing environment. Working in technology and social media, I have to stay on top of algorithms and regularly take webinars to stay ahead of the curve! Learning something new can keep you motivated.
If you’re really not motivated, your heart might not be in what you’re doing right now. We all change over the years and that’s completely normal! If you’re realising that you want different things and are interested in different fields, don’t be scared to look for something new! Find a stepping stone between where you are and where you want to be in the future. Take that leap to make you happy now!