About 70% of employees say that they are unmotivated or disengaged at work. If you feel like you’re one of them, then there are a few things you can do for staying motivated at work.
Whether you’re an employee at a big corporation or own your own small business, you are still at risk for feeling unmotivated. This can lead to stress, exhaustion, or even burnout.
No one wants to feel like they’re stuck in a boring routine and doing the same things every day so you need to start changing it up.
Keep reading for our guide on staying motivated at work.
Look at the Bigger Picture
A great way to get yourself to feel motivated again is to look at the bigger picture and see who your job is impacting. Knowing that your job is serving someone in a good way is a great way to motivate yourself. If you’re a small business owner with several clients that you know appreciate what you do, then you can have a sense of accomplishment.
Sometimes we dwell too much on the little things of our jobs. Taking a step back and seeing how we function in a bigger picture is a great way to see what you do every day isn’t pointless. Your job as a whole could be changing the world and realizing that can help to motivate you every day.
Set Yourself Some Goals
Setting personal goals for yourself is an awesome way to get some motivation. You may have goals that your boss has set but think about what goals you would like to achieve for yourself.
Maybe your personal goals are small like finish a project before a certain time. You could also have larger goals like getting a raise or promotion.
You could come up with a prize to reward yourself for completing your goals. If you finish a project before a certain time, then go home that night and take your family out to dinner. Thinking of a goal and prize to motivate yourself is a great way to do better at work and have something to look forward to at home.
Simplify Large Tasks
Another reason why you may feel unmotivated is that the tasks at your job may be too difficult or too large for you to wrap your head around. A great way to tackle this is to try and simplify your large tasks. This could mean breaking it down into sections and deciding what is the most important part that you should accomplish first.
The best way to do this is to make a list of everything that needs to be done. That way once you finish a part of the big task you can cross it off your list.
You will soon see that the large project you thought you were never going to get done is actually getting finished piece by piece. Using this method may even make you complete the project better than if you were still looking at it as a whole.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Getting into a comfort zone at work is easy and may seem like the right thing to do. But having the same routine and doing the same projects over and over again could be a factor in why you’re not motivated. Try to find different ways to do things or suggest taking on a new part in a project.
Being a small business owner makes stepping out of your comfort zone easy. You can try to completely change the way that you run your business.
Think of new ideas that you wouldn’t normally try and see how they work. You could be doing something amazing for your business and help yourself get more motivated along the way.
If you’re an employee at a company, then try and suggest something new for you and your team to tackle. Thinking and accomplishing something new will look great to the higher-ups and you will feel good about yourself too.
Look for Feedback
Another way to get yourself motivated again is to look for feedback from your coworkers, bosses, or even your customers. The feedback can be positive or negative but it should drive you to do better.
If you receive negative feedback, then you should get motivated for what you can do better. Spend some time brainstorming ways to be better and then spend the next week working on that.
If you receive positive feedback, then this should also drive you to do better. Your peers, supervisors, or clients have recognized something great that you can do, but now you have to figure out how you can do that even better. Striving to always be better and do better at your job is a good way to push yourself to get motivated.
Make a Productive Workspace
Making your workspace a productive one is a great way to help bring back some motivation. Some people can work in complete silence while other people need a bit of music to work. Try to make your workspace as productive as possible.
Having a productive workspace could mean removing distractions. If you feel like you’re distracted by your phone, then put it on silent and hide it away in your desk. You want your desk to feel like a productive space so only have things on it that will promote working and no distractions.
This could be a big tip if you’re a small business owner or freelancer who works from home. Setting aside specific office space in your own home that is great for production will help to keep you motivated. Try to only use this space for work and not for fun.
One way to help motivate yourself and others around you is to be positive even if that means you have to fake it. Don’t show up to work every day late with a scowl on your face. Try to get to work on time and greet your coworkers with a warm smile.
Sometimes faking a positive attitude is the best way to actually get a positive attitude especially when it comes to your job. If you’re assigned a new task, then don’t look at it in a negative light.
Put a positive spin on it and take on the new challenge. Being positive at work is a great way to help yourself from burnout.
On the other hand, you may already have a positive attitude when it comes to your job and working. If you’re still feeling unmotivated it could be your other coworkers dragging you down.
Do something nice for them to help brighten their day. This will make them feel good and could lead to you both having a better workday.
When you complain at work you’re just dwelling on the negative which isn’t helping anyone. We talked about being positive even if you have to fake it but complaining can be a huge reason why you feel unmotivated at work.
Complaining won’t do anything to help the situation. If the people in your office complain a lot, then you should try to avoid them at all costs. Focusing on the negatives will only lead you to more dissatisfaction so try your best to avoid it.
Make a List
A great way to get yourself motivated at work is to write a list of everything that you need to get done for the day. Writing in a planner can help you list everything you have coming up so you know when you need to get them done by. Listing all of your tasks is a great way to prioritize what should be done sooner rather than later.
When you make a list you can also get the satisfaction of crossing things off your list when you complete them. While this is a small win it can still help to get you motivated to finish your assignments.
You can also use your planner to track your own personal goals that we talked about earlier. You can jump ahead in your planner and write down things you want to accomplish by a certain date. Once that day comes you can celebrate if you completed the goal or you can work a little harder to complete it.
Take a Break
There’s a reason most states require a certain amount of time allotted out of a workday for lunch breaks or even short breaks so make sure you’re taking them. A break can help you refocus and get more motivated about the work that is in front of you.
If you’re feeling extremely unmotivated, then that might mean that it is time for a vacation. Taking a vacation is sometimes the best way to motivate yourself. Make sure you relax your mind and don’t dwell on what you are in store for once you get back.
Staying Motivated at Work
When it comes to staying motivated at work it is all up to you to figure out what really drives you. Try a mixture of the tips we talked about above and see what works for you.
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