Having trouble finding the motivation you need to get things done at work? When you begin an exciting creative project, it’s easy to find the motivation you need, you jump out of bed, you start early - you can’t wait to be working. At Source we believe every job should be one that you want to jump out of bed for, but we realise that some people find it tough. Maintaining that level of motivation every day for some people, can be an incredible challenge.
And sometimes, just sometimes, your work is just plain boring!
Just remember that you’re not alone in your feelings. Instead of beating yourself up or giving up, take a few small steps that will boost your motivation and lead you to the career success you deserve.
Step one – Take Care of Yourself
Are there any basic needs in your personal life that need to be addressed? Sometimes, your lack of motivation at work can result from a lack of sleep, proper nutrition, or conflict that drains your energy. Choose to take care of yourself, and your motivation will naturally increase in every area of your life.
For instance, if you’ve become accustomed to staying up late and getting little sleep, you’ll drag and lack energy at work. Everyone’s sleep needs are different, but the average person requires 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Make sure you get an adequate amount of rest.
Also make sure that you maintain a healthy diet. The food and drinks you put in your body have a huge impact on the way you feel. If you eat poorly at work, you’ll feel lethargic. Also, a diet that’s too strict can make you feel tired, hungry, and irritable.
Pay attention to your mental health. Sometimes you can’t find motivation at work because your thoughts are preoccupied with something else. Get to the root of your challenges and seek the advice of friends or loved ones. Choose to nurse your body and your mind so that you’re ready for the challenges of each workday.
Step two – Stay Active and Motivated
Once your basic personal needs are met, you can turn your attention to fighting the boredom. Ask yourself what you like about your job. Write down as many positive things about your job as you can think of.
Then write down the things you dislike about your job. Ask yourself, “What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?” Focus on solutions instead of problems, and your motivation for success will quickly increase.
If you’re bored because your day has become monotonous, seek opportunities to make changes to your daily routine at work. Come up with a new way of doing things. Ask about training programs or other duties you can take on to increase your value to your employer and your level of interest in your job.
Another powerful approach to stamp out boredom is to seek a mentor. Learn to be the best from someone who performs your job at a high level. Anything is more fun when you’re good at it. A mentor can answer specific questions about your job and help you to find the excitement in every day as well.
Step three – Know When It’s Time to Make A Change
Sometimes, boredom is a signal that something’s wrong in your career. This is the hardest of all three steps. You may be in the wrong position to fully utilise your creative talents. Perhaps your employer may be able to direct you to other opportunities within the company that are better suited to your skills, abilities, and interests. They need to know how you feel in order to help motivate you. Failure to communicate could lead to dismissal for poor work performance, be open and honest with your line managers and you can start to change how you feel.
Often, taking part in other hobbies and interests that you’re passionate about on the weekends can cure the boredom you experience on the weekdays. Having something you look forward to can be a powerful antidote to the daily “blah blah blahs.”
Pursue what makes you happy in your free time and you will find that motivation appears out of nowhere.
Most of all, realise that you deserve success.
Set yourself apart from those who settle for the tedious, daily grind.
Today, decide to take care of yourself, pursue your passions and make the most of every day at your job. You’ll be glad you did!