This year has been full of many changes that have affected both our personal and professional lives. Majority of us are currently working from home, while others are alternating between home and office or completely working in the office again. No matter where you are working, lack of motivation can always occur. During such uncertain times, sometimes we question how to keep working because we are so focused on trying to stay safe.
Here we will share some ways you can stay motivated at work even when you just don’t feel like it.
Create small goals
Take a big goal that you need to complete and break it down into smaller ones. Create those smaller goals so that they are more reasonable for you in the time that you are given. Completing smaller goals that eventually make up a big one can make you feel like you are making good progress and give you a sense of accomplishment. You can also do this by ticking off the tasks that you have completed, so you can physically see your progress. This feeling will help you stay motivated to continue completing your goals.
Set a quit time
For some people, work is something to be done at any hour of the day. While there’s nothing wrong with working hard, it is unhealthy to be constantly working. It is so important to give yourself a break to avoid burnout, skipping of meals and a negative impact on your mental health. This is why you should set a quit time. This is especially important if you are working from home. Working from home does add some flexibility to work hours, however, you should still set a time to start and finish your work. Doing this helps establish a healthy routine and gives you the break that you need (even if you don’t think you need it).
Just do it
As soon as you’re given a task, just like the Nike slogan, just do it. Don’t procrastinate, don’t put it off for later, just start. It takes a lot of willpower to start something as soon you’re given the task, especially if that’s not how you usually do things, but you might find that just doing a task as soon as you get it will give you more time to do things that you enjoy. This can further motivate you to keep this habit of starting a task as soon as you get it.
This is so important. After you complete a task, celebrate. You don’t need to go all out and have a party or neglect the rest of your work for the day, but at least acknowledge the work you have already completed. Congratulate yourself for completing the task and sticking to it until it was finished. Little wins like that can help encourage you to keep going and complete the work that has been set for you. Treat yourself something small after you complete a task e.g. A chocolate bar, an episode of your current tv show, 20mins of relaxation etc. Your reward can be anything but be sure to remember why you are treating yourself in the first place. Don’t let your small wins go unacknowledged because they do matter.
Like setting a quit time, it is also important that you take breaks during your work hours. These breaks don’t have to be for lunch or snacks, they can simply be a break from work and from looking at a screen all day. During these breaks, it’s better if you physically walk away from your desk and take a short walk. Move around and get your blood flowing again. It doesn’t have to be for a long time, even 15mins can make all the difference. You might find that when you return to your desk, you are more energized and refreshed, ready to take on the rest of your workday.
Consider the ‘why?’
If you find yourself lacking the motivation to complete work, go back to the ‘why’ aspect. Ask yourself why you need to complete the tasks/goals that you have set. Getting in touch with that line of questioning may ignite a spark and motivate you to continue completing the tasks/goals ahead.
These are just some ways to help you stay motivated while working, wherever you are. Certain methods won’t work for everyone, so experiment and see which one helps you best when you are lacking the motivation to work. Remember, self-motivation is one of the hardest skills to learn, but it is critical to your success.
We’d love to hear what you do to stay motivated at work, so pop in for a visit! We’re located on Macquarie St (inside Fitness First) walking distance from the station and Westfield Parramatta, open 6 days a week, and we take after work bookings.