As a kid, remember how your eyes would light up whenever someone asked you what you wanted to be when you were older?
Whether you ended up at your dream job, or you’re at a temporary gig until you land something else, it ’s common to feel completely uninspired at work. As adults, we now know there’s a reason why it’s called ‘work.’ But lacking motivation in the workplace is incredibly difficult to overcome. Especially if you expect there to be some sort of sign down the road that it’s time to start hustling.
Perhaps you’ll feel more driven once you get the appreciation that you deserve? Or maybe you’ll start working harder when you finally land the promotion that you’ve had your eye on? News flash: Feeling motivated is… a feeling. A lot of us give way too much credit to external factors and how much influence they have over our motivation. Because who has complete control over how you feel? You do!
So what’s the secret to staying motivated at any job? It’s making that connection. That you’re in full control over how you feel, and that you must replace the habits with the tendency to weigh you down with the ones that push you to be on your A-game. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some simple steps to guide you through it!
1. Shift your perspective
First, make a huge shift in your perspective. You’re not going to just wake up one day feeling compelled to do work. Even if you do, chances are that your little rush of motivation is short-lived.
Because the secret to feeling motivated at any job lies in realizing that it’s a mindset, it may take some practice, but you have the ability to flip the switch.
Try this: The moment you feel yourself hesitating before starting a task, remind yourself that you’re capable of doing this, even if it’s something you’re not over the moon about! Make it a habit not to think twice before taking action. Think about it this way: every minute that you spend thinking about how much you don’t want to work on something is another minute that you added to its complete time!
2. Be present in the moment
Maybe you’re not exactly where you want to be professionally, or you’re not doing exactly what you always thought you’d be doing career-wise, but that’s okay.
Focus on the fact that everyone begins somewhere and that your current situation isn’t a ‘forever’ type thing. It’s merely a stepping stone.
Quit stressing yourself out over where you think you should be or where you’d rather be. Whatever your current situation is, there’s always something to be grateful for or some sort of opportunity for you to take advantage of!
3. Create milestones for yourself
Having both long-term and short-term goals are necessary if you’re going to move forward in your professional life. But setting up milestones for yourself is truly what’s going to get you through the work day and ensure that you’re going at an efficient pace.
So how do you set up a milestone? Take a look at everything that’s on your to-do list and separate the most time-consuming tasks from the ones that won’t take as much time to complete. Take your larger projects and break them down into smaller tasks, assigning a tentative deadline to each.
But be reasonable with your deadlines. If not, it’s actually counterproductive because you end up falling behind and giving yourself something to stress about. By creating a reasonable timeline to effectively manage your time and your productivity, you’ll feel more motivated knowing that you’re spending your time wisely!
4. Reward yourself at the end of the work week
A bit of positive reinforcement is a great way to drive work ethic. It’s hard to feel motivated when it doesn’t feel like there’s much to look forward to aside from the next payday. When you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, procrastination seems that much more rewarding, doesn’t it?
So plan some sort of reward for yourself at the end of the work week. It doesn’t have to be something extravagant. It’s just a way to delay that bit of instant gratification you get from procrastination. It could be as simple as planning a movie night or a fun get together with your close friends. The goal here is to give yourself some sort of incentive to keep you pushing through the work week.
Feeling motivated at any job can be done! It’s all about your attitude and forming the right habits when it comes to your workflow. With these steps, feeling utterly uninspired at work will be a thing of the past!