Even if you’re working a job, you’ve always dreamed of doing or you have a real passion for what you do, staying motivated throughout the workweek can be difficult.
There are all kinds of reasons why you might not feel motivated at work. Sometimes, a project gets bogged down, or unexpected challenges may come up. Sometimes, there isn’t a lot to do, especially during the dog days of summer and the holiday season.
If you’re on the lookout four ways to stay motivated all through the week, consider the following tips.
1) Keep the Big Picture in Mind
Even dream jobs have the occasional task that isn’t fun – but can’t be dismissed. When you are faced with this kind of task, it helps to think about all the hard work it took to get where you are and that your current work is paving the path forward
Also, feeling inspired again can be as basic as remembering how your work benefits others. If you remind yourself that you’re making someone’s life better, it’s a bit easier to get on with your day. Difference making is a big theme in Silicon Valley, and Google co-founder Larry Page once observed that if you’re making a difference and changing things for the better, it’s a lot easier to get up in the morning.
2) Break Down Big Tasks into Smaller Bits
When someone sets out to write a book, they don’t do it all in one sitting. Often, authors will tackle a page or two each day until the final work is complete.
This method works with many intimidating projects; the quicker you replace a massive project in your mind with a checklist of smaller bits, the quicker you can start hitting those milestones.
3) Stretch Yourself
Often, loss of inspiration can be traced to feeling underused. If this is the case, trying new things and facing bigger challenges can be the key to unlocking your funk.
When you face a new challenge, there’s often a moment of doubt or uncertainty. When you effectively push through that moment, it results in a breakthrough, which then leads to positive results. The moments when you and learn can teach you a great deal about yourself and even open up new possibilities.
4) Treat You’re Self (and Someone Else)
When you plan a reward for yourself, you give yourself something to look forward to and a sense of anticipation. The rewards you give yourself should be based on the accomplishment and could cover anything from a fresh cup of coffee for cleaning out your email inbox, to a fancy vacation you can save towards with hard work.
Acknowledging others can also help you feel inspired and motivated. Giving someone else a reward builds a sense of camaraderie that can make work feel socially rewarding.
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