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15 Ways to Motivate Yourself At Work

By Chloe Abotomey

You know what you need to do, you may even know exactly how you’re going to do it, but it still it doesn’t get done, sound familiar?

We have all experienced the unproductive attitude coming from lack of motivation. With fear and laziness being the most universal human characteristics who could blame us. But what sets apart those who succeed is the ability to self motivate. These tips for self motivation will increase your ability to thrive in any environment, improve your mood, work ethic and overall outlook.

Celebrate and reward small achievements. By continually recognising your good work you’re more likely to be encouraged to continue your efforts.

Find passion in what you do. Passionate people often want to do their best so finding enjoyment in your work is important for maximum productivity and happiness.

Breakdown large chunks of work into manageable sections to prevent becoming overwhelmed. By dividing big tasks into smaller ones, and focus on completing just one task at a time a big task will not seem as daunting. You’ll be surprised how much you can do if you take it one step at a time.

Stay positive. It’s almost impossible to get motivated when you’re feeling down. So shake off your negativity by listening to your favourite music or go for a walk or run.

Organise your workspace. A tidy desk or office is much more inviting than a workplace crammed with folders that are no longer relevant and papers two years old.

Schedule your day to help get through all that needs to be done. Make a to-do list and stick to it.

Work with a colleague to spur each other on. Surround yourself with people who have a strong work ethic and positive outlook to help motivate you to work hard when you’d normally quit.

Visualize the outcome. Remember why you are tackling the task and make a list of reasons why achieving your goals are important to you. You can look at if you begin to feel overwhelmed.

Fuel your body right. Instead of over stimulating your body with excess caffeine from coffee
and energy drinks, try eating a balanced meal with protein and low GI carbohydrates to release energy slowly.

Just do it. Getting started is often the hardest part so plan to just do 20 mins of the task at hand
and more often than not you’ll find you do more.