I was driving home the other day and I was tired, it happened to be a song on the radio that got me perked up and focused again, even though I just wanted to be home in that very moment. It did make me think about what I would do if I ever lost my motivation in my work. I know there are bound to be days that are less inspiring or creative. How would I keep myself motivated? Or better yet, how would I find my motivation back?
So, I did some research and thought others might benefit from it too.
When the Motivation Fades: How to recognize the signs:
If you’re feeling any of the following, it may be time to take a step back and reassess your current situation:
You no longer enjoy going to work. This is often the first sign that something isn’t right. If you used to love your job and now dread every waking minute, it’s time to make a change.
You’re constantly exhausted. This is different from the occasional bad day. If you’re finding that you’re tired all the time, no matter how much sleep you get, it’s a sign that something is off.
Your work is suffering. This can manifest in a variety of ways, such as making more mistakes than usual, not being able to focus, or not being able to complete tasks. If your work is starting to suffer, it’s time to take a look at your overall motivation.
These are just a few of the signs that you may be suffering from burnout or loss of motivation. If you’re experiencing any of them, it’s important to take a step back and reassess your situation. Trying to push through when you’re already feeling this way will only make things worse in the long run.
When this happens, it’s important to find ways to motivate yourself. So, how do you find your motivation back?
Set small goals: When you’re feeling unmotivated, it’s important to set small goals for yourself. This will help you feel more accomplished and motivated as you work towards your larger goal. One way to set achievable goals is by breaking larger goals down into smaller steps.
Here are some examples:
- Rather than focusing on overhauling your entire business strategy, set a goal to improve one process or procedure by five percent.
- Make a list of things you want to accomplish this week and try to complete at least three items from the list.
Create a positive work environment: A negative work environment can quickly sap your motivation. One way to create a positive work environment is by ensuring that your workspace is comfortable and inviting. This might mean adding some personal touches to your desk or decorating your office in a way that makes you feel happy and motivated.
Another way to create a positive work environment is by fostering open communication and collaboration among employees. Encouraging teamwork can help to build a supportive and positive work atmosphere.
Track your progress: Keeping track of your progress is another great way to stay motivated. Seeing how far you’ve come already can be inspiring, and it can help keep you on track. In my case I have a large whiteboard that I use as well as a digital work organizer.
Reward yourself: Another great way to stay motivated is to reward yourself for your accomplishments. After all, if it feels good to achieve something, why not make it feel even better by treating yourself? For instance, you might give yourself a day off after completing a big project or buy yourself a new book after reaching a sales goal.
Find a mentor or role model: Having someone who inspires you and motivates you can be a huge help. Even if it’s to share what you are currently going through.
One way to find a mentor is by looking for someone you admire and respect in your industry or field. Ask them if they would be willing to meet with you for coffee or lunch to chat. Most people are happy to help out others when you reach out to them. You could also look into online mentorship programs or groups. There are often meetups or events you can attend to meet like-minded people in your industry.
You could also look for a mentor through your company’s employee development programs. If your company offers mentorship, they will likely have a list of mentors you can choose from. Another option is to reach out to someone you know who has been successful in their career and see if they would be willing to mentor you.
Don’t forget that you can also find mentors in your personal life. If there’s someone you look up to, who has had success in their career or personal life, reach out to them and see if they would be willing to mentor you. Having a mentor can provide invaluable advice and motivation, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help.
I know that during the period of starting up my own business, it was invaluable to me to have mentors and people cheering me on from the sidelines. Especially on frustrating days. Still today, I reach out to people I know for advice and am part of a mentorship program because I find that they have a lot of knowledge to share that can only be of benefit to myself and my business.
Change things up: Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. If you’re feeling stuck, try changing up your routine or working in a different environment. This can help jumpstart your creativity and motivation.
There are a few ways you can change up your work environment:
- Work from a different location: If you typically work from home, try working from a coffee shop or co-working space. Or if you usually work in an office, try working from a library or outside.
- Change up your routine: If you typically start working at the same time every day, try changing your start time or taking breaks at different times.
- Try a new task: If you’re feeling stuck on a project, try working on something else for a while. Sometimes it can be helpful to take a break from a difficult task and come back to it later with fresh eyes.
Do you have any tips for getting your motivation back? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
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