I consider myself part of the select group of working professionals who truly loves my job. I’ve had the great fortune to work in various capacities at the same organization for almost 11 years, which is somewhat rare these days.
As much as I appreciate doing what I do, I sometimes need a little boost to get through the day, week, etc. No matter how much you love your job, it’s common to need some motivation every once in a while. Below are a few things I’ve found to be helpful in getting me through the rough patches.
- Create a plan and reward yourself. This can be a natural motivator for all of us planners out there. Whether your plan focuses on the long-term or is simply a daily to-do list, organizing your thoughts to create a game-plan can work wonders. What’s more satisfying than accomplishing your goals, both big and small? Rewarding yourself for your accomplishment, that’s what. Now be careful not to overdo it, but don’t be afraid to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Or treat yourself to some ice cream…whatever makes you happy.
- Take a break. I feel like this has become a trendy topic, and it’s for good reason. It’s been said that working in shorter bursts is actually more productive than trying to stay focused for consecutive hours on end. Taking a break can involve checking your social media accounts and catching up on your favorite blog, but I challenge you to take it even further and actually step away from your desk. Go refill your water bottle or take a couple of laps around the office floor. Have that discussion with a colleague in person instead of sending an email. And now that it’s spring, consider taking a walk outside.
- Know yourself. I have come to learn over the years that my most productive times during the day are between 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., so this is when I schedule time to brainstorm or to work on projects that require more focus and attention. I know that doing database work at 4:00 p.m. on a Friday will serve me better in the long run rather than trying to draft a program agenda from scratch. Knowing yourself and your work habits will help you stay on track.
- Remember the big picture. When jumping from one task to the next, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. When you find yourself in a slump, take a minute to pause and think about what interested you about your job in the first place. Was it the overall mission of the organization? The workplace culture? Your ability to maintain work-life balance? Whatever the reason, use this as a reminder – i.e. motivator – to help you power through.
What are some things that help you stay motivated?