Motivation is a fuel that we need in regular doses. If you are a working professional, you understand why its important to stay motivated. And how lost motivation can make our lives difficult. There are days when you are pumped up to start your day, and sometimes you keep pushing your snooze button to get some extra sleep. Why does that happen? The reason behind this is psychological and as well as external circumstances. Therefore it leaves us with no choice but to take charge of our motivation. And understand its nuances and act on it.
Today, the world is at a crisis, and the working professional has shifted to a new normal. Many of us are struggling and waiting to get back to our normal days.
Working professionals are working hard to live upto their organization’s expectations while managing their personal lives. It’s hard, we understand. And it is more challenging when you lose your motivation at work.
There are essentially two approaches you can take to motivate your employees:
To help you with that, we share tips that will help you boost your motivation.
Here are the 7 tips to boost your lost motivation at work
1. Plan your Day
Creating a to-do list or planning your day in the early morning can set your day. Keeping the priorities straight gives you a push, and the motivation that you need. Most of the successful leaders start their day early and plan it accordingly. It gives them more time in the day and, at the same time, promotes discipline. And most importantly, it provides a structure to your day. One of the primary reasons behind our lost motivation is that we do not have structure and discipline; we jump from one task to another based on urgency.
When you plan your day, you unlock your priorities, value your time and energy. And it gives you a purpose to keep going.
2. Review your Goals and Objectives
Lack of motivation also seeds from not knowing what to do. It is, therefore, essential to review the goals and objectives that you want to accomplish. As working professionals, we all have our targets to fulfill, but we often lose track and become distracted. Knowing what you are expected from your employer and making the priorities straight can keep you alert and motivated. Often people do not know what to do, and even the managers sometimes fail to brief their team members. Being clueless at your job is demotivating and depressing.
Talk to your managers in doubt and review your goals and objectives and build your sense of purpose and motivation.
3. Practice Mindfulness
Be aware of your current state of mind and what is driving you towards de-motivation. Mindfulness is understanding and accepting one’s feelings and thoughts. It is in seeing within us without being judgmental. We are our worst critics. We often judge ourselves and develop a mindset that diminishes our energy and motivation. And in the workplace environment, we experience that from time to time. Either is an internal conflict with the team members or struggling with our work; we tend to be harsh on ourselves. Practicing mindfulness can give us perspectives to see and visualize the events in reality and act on it effectively.
Being mindful means that we suspend judgment for a time, set aside our immediate goals for the future, and take in the present moment as it is rather than as we would like it to be.
~ Mark Williams
4. Often Doing Less is Enough
We, as individuals, have a habit of chewing more than we could. Learning is a never-ending process and demands patience. We often try to achieve more without giving any credits to what we have achieved so far. Take a break and keep your perspectives straight. You cannot always beat yourself up by keeping unrealistic goals. Often doing less is enough. What matters is the consistency and quality of your work. Keep calm and not get demotivated if you fail to accomplish your desired goals.
5. Take Small Steps
Worklife can be hectic, busy schedules, deadlines, meetings, and whatnot. Amidst everything, we are assigned tasks by our managers that we no clue about. All these can be a lot to handle and also a major reason for our lost motivation. The sensible approach is to keep calm and take small steps. Even if you are struggling at a particular task, taking the first smaller steps can boost motivation. One of the major reasons why people procrastinate is that they get confused and not make correct judgments. In such a situation, it is wiser to build confidence by taking smaller steps and regain back the lost motivation.
6. Declutter your Working Space
Even if you are working from home or in an office environment keeping your surroundings clean is vital. They say organized space clutters your mind. Clutter workspace can kill your productivity and motivation to work. You would not like searching for your meeting notes, project, and other necessities when you have important work at hand. Also, keep the essential things at your reach and toss the unnecessary items in your trash can. Often a little effort and change in perspective are all you need to boost your productivity and uplift motivation.
7. Lastly, Be Grateful!
There is something very profound and beautiful in being grateful. We tend to get so immersed in our day to day activities and work that we forget to be grateful. When you are grateful for all that you have and achieved, you allow yourself to bring positive energy. You not only see and acknowledge yourself but also build a sense of purpose and motivation.
As Brian Tracy rightfully said-
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.