Finding motivation at work can be difficult sometimes. It is very easy to lose sight of the main goal, especially when there are distractions or issues bothering you. Losing motivation decreases your performance at work but there are ways to get that fighting spirit back. So here are five ways to stay motivated at work;
1. Surround yourself with happy, motivated people
The effects of peer pressure are more powerful than we thought.
If you surround yourself with positive, upbeat people, how could you even be low spirited? It won’t be so easy. In the office, changing who you are near the majority of the day may not be possible, but outside of the office, the choice is yours.
Spending time with people who are already happy can even make us feel happier, give us more energy, and reduce stress. Chose your company wisely as you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
2. Prioritize your tasks at home and in business
Prioritizing oneself doesn’t have to be a selfish motivation; it is a necessity. After all, if we don’t prioritize ourselves then how will we be able to be healthy enough to place the needs of everyone and everything we care so much about at the top.
3. Celebrate wins
If a person is motivated and happy at the end of the workday, it’s a good bet that he or she made some progress.
Celebrate your wins. Just gave a presentation? Handled a difficult client with grace? Got through the workday without getting food on your new shirt? Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back. However small these wins may seem, they can boost your inner work life tremendously.
4. Set goals and form healthy habits to achieve them
Goals can direct habits by motivating repetition that leads to habit formation and by promoting exposure to cues that trigger habits. Train yourself to choose a new healthy habit and do it every day, even when you don’t feel like it.
In setting goals, ask yourself:
- What have I been focusing a lot of my attention on that is causing me tension or pain?
- Which three people inspire me and what about them do I admire?
- What things do I keep putting off?
- If I were to flash forward five, 10, or 20 years, what would I regret not doing?
As you achieve your goals, refer back to tip three, celebrate.
5. Weigh the good
It might be cliche to say, but you need to start off by looking at the bright side. Optimism is going to be the coal in your fire; it’ll keep your engine going and keep you warm. The facts are there and optimism is good for heart health, life expectancy and success.
Make a list of everything that is alright with your job. Just write. It doesn’t have to be a laundry list of amazing perks, but think about the stuff that is pretty good and start there. You can even start with number one: I’m employed. Being thankful for the everyday stuff like having a job, is a great way to shift your perspective. Just google your local unemployment rate and maybe you’ll feel a bit better.