Motivation is one of the most valuable tools you can have in the workplace. But we have all faced “off days” at the office where we’re just not feeling a sense of focus. Here are four real and practical solutions for digging up lost motivation when you need it, and completing a job or task with a sense of fulfillment!
Look for feedback. One of the most important factors of motivation is to receive feedback on your work. This isn’t just for a boost of your ego – but also for some constructive criticism that will allow you to refine your skills even further. It’s also important to surround yourself with hardworking and enthusiastic people – in both your work and personal lives. Their excitement for their work will leave you feeling inspired, and you will walk away feeling more motivated.
Focus on the big picture. Instead of allowing yourself to feel stressed or indifferent about your work, concentrate on the issue at-hand; your goal, the time you have to complete that goal, and how you’re going to do it. If you let every minor detail infringe on your progress, you’ll be left feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated.
Recognize results. It’s important for you to acknowledge all the good you are doing, and don’t discount the little things. Whether you have overcome a minor hurdle at work or recently accepted a promotion – give yourself a pat on the back. It’s necessary to recognize all advancements, no matter how small they may be.
Have a positive attitude. You should be striving for positive reinforcement as much as possible. If you go into work feeling like it’s going to be a bad day – it will likely turn out to be a bad day. Instead, reassure yourself that you will do everything you can to ensure a positive and productive work day. Other effective tricks are to use positive mantras, decorate your workspace, or incent yourself after a long day of work.