Even if you’ve managed to find your dream job and you love what you do, some days, it can seem impossible to stay motivated at work. Perhaps you’re feeling tired and slightly under the weather? Or perhaps you’re looking forward to the freedom of the weekend? Whatever the reason, it can sometimes be incredibly difficult to focus on the task at hand and – no matter how hard you try – you can find yourself staring blankly at the computer screen and wishing it was time to go home.
Rather than let this negative attitude interfere with your work, it’s time to get your head back in the game. Here we outline 10 top motivation tips to help you feel inspired and motivated at work.
1. Before You Plough on, Think About What You’ve Achieved
It’s very easy to feel like the mountain of work ahead of you is piling up endlessly, and that you’re trying to swim up a waterfall, making no headway. That’s not true, though. Whether you’re facing the coming Monday, or just trying to pep yourself up for another morning of trawling through emails, it’s worth reflecting on how far you’ve already come. Take time to think about the achievements that have made you the most proud, situations and projects that you have handled with deft expertise, or past comments from clients, customers, managers or co-workers that have made you glow a little bit. There’s no shame in stroking your ego sometimes, and there are times when we all need a little reminder that what we do is worthwhile.
2. Don’t Forget About Where You’re Going
While you’re at it, take stock of the bigger picture. What are your goals? Remind yourself of why you are here and where these next steps are going to take you. Even if it isn’t a big leap towards fame and riches, it will be a shuffle at the very least, and that’s something. The only way is up.
3. Make a List
One of the best ways to organise yourself is to write everything down in list form. Not only does this act as a reminder and make you more organised, but it also helps you to visualise the size and complexity of your upcoming work. Many people find that having anything “hanging over them” can prove concerning and stressful, but seeing it all as words on a page can really allow you to mentally reduce it to its true (usually fairly tiny) form.
4. Give Yourself Time
You may not be a morning person, but allowing yourself a good amount of time at the start of the day to relax and get into the flow of things can prove really beneficial when it comes to combating stress and giving your motivation and positivity a push. Waking up later and rushing to catch up never makes for a positive experience, and the sooner you’re able to get up and get going, the sooner you’ll be able to call it quits for the day. Some people prefer to get stuck in as soon as they’re up and ready in order to prevent a loss of momentum, while others just relish the opportunity to take it slow for a change, utilising each extra hour they’ve given themselves. Getting up earlier usually means that you can afford to take more breaks too, which is another way to keep things ticking over. Hammering away at something constantly can increase your stress levels and prevent you from enjoying what you’re doing, so it’s great to have the opportunity to walk away from your desk for a few minutes and take a breath.
5. Love Where You Work
If you don’t enjoy your current working environment, see what you can do to change it. Working from home may seem like the ideal, but it can become monotonous staring at the same four walls every day. It can also make you fall out of love with the place that ought to be a haven of relaxation for you. Separating life and work is important, so doing work in a place you love to be can really boost your motivation. There are hot-desking facilities, co-working spaces and flexible offices in and around Liverpool.
6. Break Work Down into Small Chunks
Large tasks can seem very daunting and overwhelming. The job may be so big that you don’t know where to start and, when faced with such a vast project, it can often feel as though you are ‘fighting a losing battle’ and making no progress. This is why it’s a good idea to break it down into bite-sized, manageable chunks. Each chunk can be tackled one at a time and crossed off the list. You will feel as though you are making headway, and in turn, this will do wonders for your self-motivation and your own productivity.
7. Set Deadlines as Part of a Team
Deadlines are a fantastic way to improve motivation in the workplace, especially when working as part of a team. Perhaps you need to complete your aspect of the project before a colleague can start theirs. They are relying on you to have it done by lunchtime and, as a valued member of the team, you don’t want to let them down. You’re just one cog in a well-oiled machine and, suddenly, a task that would have normally taken all day to complete has been finished in half the time.
8. Step Outside of your Comfort Zone
Sometimes, demotivation can actually be a result of feeling unfulfilled or under-utilised at work. You’ve mastered your role to perfection, you’re no longer learning anything new, and every day is the same. These are all tell-tale signs that it’s time to step outside your comfort zone.
Why not challenge yourself and ask your manager for a little more responsibility? This doesn’t necessarily have to be a promotion; just something new to pique your interest, perhaps an opportunity to lead a new project or learn new skills. Adding a fresh aspect to your day-to-day role can significantly shift your outlook and help you to stay motivated at work.
9. Change Your Day-To-Day Routine
If you’re a creature of habit and you find yourself doing the same things at the same time, every day, it may be time for a change. Routine can be good; however, over time, it can start to feel like it’s a chore or that you’re stuck in a rut – and this can have a very negative impact on work motivation.
One effective way to stay motivated at work is, therefore, to try something different. Perhaps you could hot-desk, sit by different people, get a change of scenery? Perhaps you could just try a new café at lunch? Anything that switches up your day and shifts your way of thinking can help.
10. Treat Yourself to a Break
We’ve all heard the old, popular proverb ‘all work and no play…’
If you do extremely long hours and you’re struggling to stay motivated at work, the solution could be as simple as taking a break. Ideally, you should try to take annual leave and have a week away somewhere to recharge your batteries. But if a holiday isn’t an option, it can also help to have ‘mini-breaks’ throughout the day. Make yourself a cup of tea and simply spend a few valuable minutes away from your desk, and this small change could massively improve your work motivation levels.
An Alternative Way to Get Motivated at Work
The motivation tips outlined above are perfect for days when you’re struggling to focus, and you can’t get your head in the game. However, one alternative option is to invest in a unique, luxury co-working office space for you and your co-workers – such as those offered, here at Signature Works.
If you would like to find out more about our services, and how they could be just what you need to stay motivated at work, give us a call today on 0151 558 1566.