Whether you have your dream job or not, motivation is extremely relevant to our overall productivity and satisfaction. However, everyone is prone to occasional bouts of low motivation; we might get lazy with our responsibilities, start procrastinating or complain more frequently to friends and family. Unfortunately, employers are looking for motivated employees who are enthusiastic, energetic, driven and creative with their work, who enhance the performance of the entire workplace with their positivity. If you feel that you’re going through a slump, here are a few motivational techniques to cope and rebuild some motivation:
Re-Examine Your Plan (Reassessment)
A change in motivation level calls for a reassessment of your plan, which begins with a simple clarification of your goals. Writing your goals down on a piece of paper helps. It gives you a concrete version of your vision/ the objective of your work. Once you have your goals clarified, it becomes easier to focus on the end you want to achieve, because lack of motivation is more often than not just a lack of focus. If you find yourself faltering when it comes to clarity of goals, then this is where you need to begin. Your goals should be a source of excitement and pride, and if you cannot figure out what they are, it’s no wonder you’re feeling like work is pointless: you don’t actually know what the point is yet.
Keep a Positive Mindset (Thought)
A positive mindset is crucial to staying motivated. If you’re feeling negative, you’re more likely to think things like “What’s the point?” and “Why bother?” which is bound to make you want to leave work early or stare aimlessly at your cubicle wall rather than get real work done. Negativity can not only lead to a slump in your own productivity but also in those who work with you. If one team member has a negative outlook about a project, the entire team can catch onto that negative outlook. Do whatever it takes to remain positive – watch a comedy, listen to motivational talks, read inspirational books or listen to inspiring music.
Visualize Your Goals (Vision)
A good way to keep the motivation levels up is to constantly visualize what you wish to achieve; the main driving factor behind your work. It could be a big paycheck, a fancy holiday with family, buying a house or simply being able to do what you love at a later date. Future plans can be a great motivation to continue working in the present. A quick and easy trick to be able to visualize better is to make a visionboard for yourself. This is nothing but a collage of pictures or other media that illustrate your goals and dreams. For example, if you want to take a trip abroad, put up a picture of your favorite destination at your work desk. It’s a simple, yet effective method of keeping your vision alive, and keeping at it despite the days when you feel like giving up. Make a collage of pictures from every area of your life that will benefit from your work and remind yourself of these goals by looking at the visionboard everyday.
Reward Yourself (Reinforcement)
A positive reinforcement system is fairly easy to implement, however it’s important not to go overboard. It is a good idea to plan ahead when you will receive the reward and what form the reward will take. While companies often implement employee recognition programs, self recognition goes a long way in maintaining motivation because it makes the results more immediate and puts you in control of your positive reinforcement. Your reward could be anything; a good dinner, a day off, or getting time to spend with loved ones.
Balance Work with Life (Leisure)
A healthy balance between your work life and your social and family life is vital to motivation; if you’re working so hard you don’t get to reap any of the benefits, then what’s the point? Having a balance will only to serve to keep you motivated when it comes to work because it reminds you that there’s more to life than sitting at your desk and that you have something to look forward to after you clock out.
Fight Excuses (Self Rebuttal)
The habit of finding excuses not to work when we are feeling lazy or unwilling to face the drudgery of daily work is a kind of self-sabotage. To fight those compelling excuses to leave work early, implement the method of self-rebuttal. Self rebuttal is highly effective in helping you figure out your patterns of excuses and working to minimize the motivations to find those excuses. For example, you might often find yourself saying “I have to work on a report, but I could sleep for another hour instead.” To fight these excuses, make a list of things you need to do and write down all of the ‘but’ excuses you might use to try to get out of it. Next, write down the rebuttal to that ‘but’ excuse, for example, “Yes, I could sleep in, but I will not have enough time to finish my report this afternoon and I will have to ask for an extension.” Whenever you find yourself slacking on work using a familiar excuse, counter it with a rebuttal to keep yourself on-track.