Most of us spend the better part of our days at work or if we’re working from home in front of the computer. A cup of coffee in hand to start the day, eyes glued to the phone or laptop, reading and replying to what seems like neverending lists of emails, long hours of being seated, meetings after meetings, phone calls in between, and a few more admin tasks to accomplish for the day. This is what a usual working-day looks like for most adults.
Our performance is driven by the meaning we give to our work and the way it ads value to the community or the market place in which we operate. Despite the interest and focus we have for our jobs, there will be days when it’s extra hard to get up in the morning; there will be days when we all just want to lie in bed all day, in front of the TV binge-watching our favorite shows. Days when we can’t find any motivation to work comes, and it is inevitable.
In anything that we do, may it be life or work, we all need a driving force that will push us forward. And no matter how dedicated we are to our crafts and careers, we will still experience low days. Being motivated at work does not mean just showing up. Rather, it is producing quality work—an output that you know makes a difference and you can be proud of.
What motivates you?
There are several ways on how to be motivated at work. Motivation differs from person to person. One can be easily motivated by a free meal, some can be motivated by an additional day off from work, while others are motivated by a rise in their salary. If the usual coffee runs, sweet delights or motivational quotes don’t work for you anymore, read on and try these different ways on how to stay motivated at work.
1. Remember why you started
Many times, when work becomes too routine, we forget the reason why we took the job in the first place. Similar to motivation, the purpose of why we take our jobs varies.
Some take jobs to provide for their family, others take jobs to learn something new, and many want to build their careers in their chosen fields; buying a new gadget, owning a car, traveling to dream places, and even an expensive yet worth-it steak on the weekend—might seem simple to others, but they can be good motivation for work too.
Taking all these things into consideration, no matter how simple or grand they are, when you feel demotivated, puts things in perspective.
2. List your goals
Remembering what you had for dinner last night is already a challenge for some, what more remembering goals? Listing down goals for the day, for the week, for the month, or the many years ahead is a crucial part of being motivated. Noting them down will help give you a clear view of what you want to accomplish.
Keeping it online or on your phone is one way to do it. If you are more of a pen-and-paper kind of person, you can write them down in your journal or your planner. If you are more of a visual person, try making a mood board. You can make a physical or a digital one.
If you make a physical one, you can keep it right in front of your computer or somewhere on your work desk. If you opt to make a digital one, you can save it as your computer or phone’s wallpaper. Putting this mood board somewhere you always look at or see can instantly bring you joy and motivation to work.
3. Be open to feedback
The number of years you have stayed at your company does not always equate to being knowledgeable at all things. This applies to both newbies or seniors in the company. If you are a newbie at your company, seek ways to learn and improve your skills.
One way to do this is by listening to feedback from your managers, supervisors, and even your coworkers. If you are a senior, still, listen to those younger or newer members of your team.
They can have fresh ideas that can help better your team. A simple “Good job”, “Nice working with you”, “Looking forward to working with you again” can instantly lift a coworker’s mood, and give them more motivation to work.
4. Reward yourself
You don’t need a grand reason to reward yourself. Being able to report to work despite feeling tired is already worth giving a reward to. Whether you have accomplished a simple task, your first task for the day or you have ticked everything off of your to-do list, reward yourself.
The reward doesn’t even have to be too extravagant. It can be as simple as a few more minutes of break time, a delicious meal for lunch, or better yet an item you’ve been wanting to buy. All these rewards can fuel you to work smarter.
5. Take care of yourself
Going to work with little to no sleep can have a lot of negative effects on your work ethic. When you don’t get enough rest, you would feel extra sluggish at work. You might still be able to finish some tasks, but the results might be underwhelming.
Make sure that you get enough rest before going to work to perform at your best. Sure coffee is a good kickstarter, but nothing truly beats an 8 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep to feel extra energized and ready for the full day of work ahead. If there are days when you feel sick or particularly tired, take a day off. Taking care of yourself should be your priority to fulfill any tasks to the best of your ability.
Work is indeed a major part of our life, but it shouldn’t rule our lives. When this happens, many workers end up burned out or demotivated. Take this Workingden’s quiz to find out if you are experiencing burn out. These tips might seem simple, but these are the things that we neglect most of the time. Hence, this list. This will serve as a reminder to look within and after yourself first.