We have all been guilty from time to time of running a bit low on motivational fuel when it comes to our work. Considering we spend the majority of our time and daily lives there, it is no surprise that our enthusiasm can wain now and again. The key is identifying when this slump begins and then finding a tool kit to help you reinvigorate yourself. It doesn’t have to be a complicated process or regime, but whatever it is, make sure it works for you. If you need some help finding the right reinvigoration method, then consider these ideas.
Think outside the workplace
Reinvigoration for some, might be a motivational poster or quote pinned to their wall. For other however they may require a more hands on approach. Consider escaping the four walls of your office and do a little team building. Team building can take on many forms, from an escape room to rock climbing.It doesn’t have to be the cliched trust falls or the ice breaker you have experienced in the past. Take the chance to get your team out of the office and out of your comfort zones. Team building experiences are a great way to light the motivational fire again not just for yourself, but for those around you as well. The whole office will benefit from a little time away from the screen.
There is a reason that the world’s most successful people all set goals for themselves, they work. If you need a little push to get the motor running again, try setting yourself some goals, both long and short term. Short term goals are proven to help motivate individuals as they are attainable and within sight, not to mention the sense of satisfaction and achievement when you hit them. Take the time to sit down and plan out your professional goals for the next 12 months. Perhaps it is delivering a specific project or getting a beta test out into the market, or even go as far as that promotion. Whatever the end state, take time to sit down and think about what is really is that you are striving for each day.
Find a balance
Your work and personal life shouldn’t be a choice of one or the other. They are designed to co-exist and finding the right work life balance can do wonders for your motivation. It is easy to get a little disgruntled if you have been working extensive over-time at work, just as it is easy to lose motivation if you’ve just come back from a six week holiday living your best life.
In either case, to maintain your motivation at work, set boundaries. For example, not checking work emails after 6pm or on weekends, returning text messages to friends or family after work hours. Try to set clear boundaries between the time you focus on work and the time at home. This will allow you to focus entirely on the task at hand, instead of blending two worlds into one chaotic, demoralising mess.
Feeling a little lackluster at work for most people is only natural. Sometimes things don’t go your way at work, or you simply experience a little burn out. It is nothing to be ashamed of, as it happens to pretty much everyone. The important thing is to recognise when you need a little reinvigoration and know how to make it happen. If you are going through a motivational drought right now, then use these tips and ideas to help get you through to the other side.