There are people who love their job and others who hate their job, and plenty in between, however at some point or another we all need a little motivation at the office. Follow these steps for the best way to stay motivated at work:
Plan ahead and make yourself a checklist.
One of the best motivators is being able to check something off your list. Every type-A person knows how good this feels, and this small accomplishment can help you stay motivated at work. Creating a checklist of everything that needs to get done creates accountability, and also gives you a list of small successes which you can check off one at a time. Instead of creating one looming requirement, break it up into more accessible goals.
For instance, if you need to create a report, perhaps break it up into 3 parts: 1) Gather data for report, 2) Create intro, and 3) Plug in data and write the body of the report.
Treat yourself for accomplishing tasks/goals.
Did you get through a good chunk of your tasks for the day before lunch? Go out and treat yourself to a hot cup of coffee or something sweet. Allowing yourself to indulge a bit will give you a break from office stress and help clear your head, giving you the ability to come back feeling refreshed and ready to work.
A recent study shows that employees who take short, frequent breaks during the workday have more stamina. It’s much harder to work for a long period of time than to give your body and mind a quick break. Something as simple as taking a walk around the office or enjoying a cup of coffee or tea will give you time to recharge.
Set a time to officially check out of work.
You have to work during the day, but give yourself a deadline when you have to stop. Leaving work at work and enjoying time for yourself will make a huge difference in your motivation and productivity. By giving yourself a deadline, you will force yourself to differentiate between work and pleasure.
Think of it like this, if you work hard and get everything done before your deadline, you have less to think about during your time off and you can truly enjoy time with friends and family.
Remember that once you’re done, you can leave work at work for a few days.
The best way to stay motivated at work is to remember that you have to work now, but once you’re done, you’re done. You can leave work at work and enjoy the evening. Focusing on the work at hand to ensure you have a work free night can help you complete your tasks and help you reach the finish line.