Even if your job is ‘the best job in the world’ and you launch out of bed like a firecracker every morning excited for what your new working day will bring, you will have spouts where work feels difficult.
Losing motivation is like trying to get through the working day with a bag of weights on every limb.
Everything feels just that little bit harder and nothing seems to bring your energy back.
The worst thing about lacking motivation is that it doesn’t make you feel good, you start to feel bad about yourself, then worry about how little you are achieving and it’s really a negative spiral from there. However, the good news is that there are a few solid tricks to get your head back in the game.
So, if you’re struggling with motivation try these simple tricks
1. Always do your best
This rule always gives me the motivation I need at any given time. If you don’t do your best, then you’re really just letting your professional enterprise (you) down. Imagine if someone that really mattered saw your performance, or work output when it wasn’t at it’s best. It takes years to build a reputation and just moments to bring it down Don’t let motivation ruin all of your hard work.
2. The 10 lesson list
If you’re having a motivational slump, start a journal writing a bullet point of 10 things you’ve learnt today. This can be anything from the best way to deal with a certain client to not taking a particular route to work due to overcrowding. Under each bullet point make sure you identify how you will incorporate that lesson going forward. This will motivate you to create change in your working day and also make you feel like you are making incremental progress. It can also help you to itnedy where your motivation is being drained and how to avoid it by learning from your lessons.
3. Don’t get stuck on the unfair
Spending time ruminating over how you should have got that client/project/raise, or how a certain working practice is unfair, is wholly counterproductive. Not only does it kill your motivation but it breeds a loser mindset, as you’re there worrying about things you can’t change whilst everyone else is out there trying to do their best. Instead of thinking about things you find “unfair” but are outside of your control, turn it into a positive. Kick up a storm in your next project because you have something to prove. Be happy that you’re in a place full of opportunity and do your best to create them for yourself.
4. Retail therapy
Work retail therapy to be exact. Nothing feels better than pulling on a brand new suit, shirt or dress and feeling the real deal. New clothes give you that extra kick in your step and you hold your shoulders that little bit higher. You work hard for your money, so you deserve to spoil yourself a little and there is nothing wrong with looking your best at work.
5. Get feedback
Feedback can be a daunting topic, but it is also incredibly motivating. If you’re on a good run the positive feedback will be the ego boost you need to keep up your good work. Equally, if your feedback isn’t great, constructive criticism can give you the push you need to perform at your best and motivate you to become a better competitor.