Feeling that motivation at work isn’t always a sure thing. In reality, for the majority of us, feeling motivated at work is probably rarer than spotting a unicorn during your daily commute. But fear not, young ones. There is a way around this. In fact, there are multiple ways around this. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you feel a little more motivated during work.
Plan out a future break.
What’s better during the workday than a break? Nothing. Well… maybe a surprise visit from the treat fairy, but that’s about it. Motivate yourself to get some major work done by planning for a future break. Just make it realistic. In other words, your breaks shouldn’t be every 10 minutes, and they also shouldn’t be every four hours… that’s called a lunch.
Play some music.
Music has this special way of making people feel pretty darn awesome… almost like they have superpowers. But the right kind of music. If you want to get some work done and if you don’t want your coworkers to hate you in the process, then don’t go blasting Celine Dion in the office anytime soon. Something upbeat and easy to bob your head to will get you pumped and ready to push out some quality work.
Look at something pretty.
For some weird reason, pretty things are really good at motivating people, and the same could hold true in a professional setting. Throw up some scenery on your desktop, prop up a poster of the beach by your desk, or stare out the window for a few minutes. Whatever it is, a few minutes staring off into a forest or at a 1967 Camaro could be just the push you needed.
Collaborate with someone.
It can be fun working with people. They can give you new perspective on old projects or simply help you get things done quicker. If you’re really struggling to focus, then – if it makes sense to the project – ask a coworker if they wouldn’t mind working with you for a little while. Laugh a little, share ideas, and work a lot.
Use better technology.
Technology can make or break your workflow and – yes – even your mindset. Get some better technology at your side, and your motivation to work will shoot through the roof. But what does good technology look like? It looks like quality apps and modern software and programs.
Use better gadgets.
Don’t like the way your keys sound when you type? Annoyed with the way your mouse glides (or doesn’t glide) across your mousepad? Can’t stand all those cords running to and from your desk? Then invest in better gadgets. All that time you spend thinking about how bad your gadgets are can eventually be spent thinking about actual work.
Take a walk outside.
It can be hard on a person being cooped up inside an office all day. And even if you work outside, you might not always be outside. When you’re really feeling down and unmotivated, then take a 15-minute walk around the block. Leave your phone at the desk, look at those things called trees, and be truly present outside. When you get back to the office, you’re guaranteed to feel refreshed and ready to begin the day again.
Think about the bigger picture.
Sometimes it can help to think about how your individual tasks or projects fit into the grand scheme of things. How does your workflow affect your clients? Your coworkers? Your company as a whole? In what ways will your day-to-day tasks you make an impact on the future of your company? Think about these items as an invaluable piece of the puzzle, and motivate yourself to do more and to do it better.