Everyone experiences off days when their motivation to work simply isn’t there. You might feel frustrated, groggy and while that voice at the back of your mind is telling you to get grinding, your body simply wants to laze.
For those who have the slightest will to push themselves to work, they won’t be operating at maximum efficiency.
But there is a way around this!
Let’s find out 5 top tips on how to boost our motivation to work.
1. Remind yourself of your goals and visualize
Research has shown that reminding yourself of your long-term goals puts you in the mood to achieve them. However, our minds are designed to focus on small term goals.
To keep yourself motivated, visualize your long-term goals and work your mind backward to the small steps that are required to achieve the big goals.
2. Simply begin
Once you start on a project, keeping the momentum going. it far easier than trying to convince yourself to do it when you haven’t already begun. Instead of thinking too much about the task ahead, focus on actually beginning the task ahead.
5 minutes into the project, you just might find that you are looking forward to seeing it complete. The sooner you begin, the sooner you will complete the task.
3. Add a timer to your schedule.
Everything is so much simpler once broken down into smaller bits of tasks. You can do this by setting a timer where you will work for just a set amount of time and then take a break.
You will be looking forward to the breaks and by focusing on the short task ahead keep you motivated. Suddenly the task doesn’t look so huge anymore as you are only focused on the next bit of work time
4. Let others know
One of the most effective ways to keep yourself motivated on a project is to speak about your plans to your peers. You will want to prove to them that you’ll indeed do what you said which will push you towards accomplishing your goals. Nobody, after all, wants to be looked at as a failure.
You can even take things a notch higher by letting the whole office know about your plans. This is sure to keep you motivated.
5. Improve your “self-talk”
Self talk is the internal dialogue that you make with your mind. It can be positive or negative and this has a great influence on your motivation.
If you are not used to telling yourself things like “I can do this” then start now and you'll quickly notice how effective it is.
6. Make a list
Write down a list of all the things you want to accomplish during the day including small tasks. Then set out to complete them one at a time. Each time you finish a task, cross it off the list. the feeling of accomplishment of finishing one task will motivate you to finish the next task.