It’s pretty hard to concentrate on work when there are so many distractions around you. This is magnified many times when demotivation raises its ugly and distracting head. So again we ask the question – how do we keep motive in and demotivation?
In the previous installment of this 2-part guide, we discussed the importance of creating workable goals, taking breaks, maintaining a healthy work / life balance, staying positive, and asking for help when you need it. Here are some additional things you can do to stay motivated and keep demotivation away.
Create a comfortable work environment.
You will be amazed at how much your overall comfort contributes to your motivation. A beautiful chair adapted to your ideal inclination, for one thing, or a desk decorated with your favorite accessories, for another.
Be inspired. Always.
To be motivated, you have to be inspired. Surrounding yourself with things that inspire you will definitely keep you focused and productive. One easy way to do this is to keep small inspirational things inside an “eye”. This could be anything, maybe some adorable photos of your kids or that miniature Eiffel Tower statuette you’ve had since high school. Positive quotes and posters of beautiful landscapes are also excellent motivational objects.
Music is also another thing that can greatly inspire the demotivated soul. Create your own song list of songs that inspire you and listen to it as you work. You can even visit blogs that talk to you during your downtime or watch short videos from YouTube.
Most often demotivation comes from blocking in a routine. Undisputed workload and repetitive tasks can inevitably lead to boredom, which makes work – quite literally – a real drag. Diversity is therefore essential to stay motivated. It is indeed the spice of life, a breath of fresh air, a change of scene, and all that jazz.
Consider switching regularly between projects if you have the luxury of doing so. You can also ask your boss for another position, or a new workload, or even transfer to another department.
For a less drastic approach, you can simply change your work environment. Bring your laptop into the kitchen, or pack your equipment and work at Starbucks. You will find that change, no matter how small, will inspire you to work better.
Very similar to breaks and achieving a healthy balance between work and life, rewards will give you another thing to look forward to. And we’re not just talking about your salary, or even that strong mid-year bonus. Promise yourself a trip to some exotic place when you’re finishing a big or important project, or maybe just a few hours of pampering over the weekend when you’ve met all of your deadlines for the week. You really deserve it.
Keep things in perspective.
Work doesn’t have to be just about the money. Remember why you do what you do and why you do it chose do what you do first. Maybe you’re doing what you’re doing because you wanted to contribute something to the community, or simply because you wanted to use your creativity. Or maybe money is a factor, and your work pays well enough to keep the life you used to alive alive and enable you to do the things you love – there’s no shame in that. Suffice it to say, evoking the REASON is a sure way finding your motive again.
Just keep going.
How easy it is to just pack up and stop when you’re unmotivated at work and not able to function at all, don’t. Sometimes all you need to do is move forward, soldier on and move on. Give it time, because by doing familiar tasks and paying attention to familiar goals, you will definitely regain your grip. And the best part is that you probably won’t even notice that your motivation has returned. It just happens.
So you see, motivation is a really important factor if you want to have an enriching and enjoyable working life. The best part is that it is under your control.