We all want to find that extra bit of motivation. It’s Friday afternoon, the sun is shining and your productivity is nowhere to be seen. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Being motivated is all about give and take; you have to give your best to take the benefits. Don’t worry we know this isn’t simple, so here’s some tips to turning yourself into that productivity ambassador:
- Okay, so this ones a bit cliché – however, it can be effective. Pick up a motivational book, if you’re lucky you’ll feel inspired and encouraged, but it doesn’t work for everyone. If you know you’re the type of person that hates being told “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” etc, then give this a miss, because you’ll more than likely just feel wound up. For others, hearing encouraging words will relax their minds and make them feel capable of tackling the task at hand.
- Being organised is key. This is pretty obvious, yet not the easiest of tasks. Everyone has their own way of doing it, whether that be keeping a diary or notes on your smart phone – make sure you keep it up to date. This is important to avoid confusion, but also keeping on top of it can make you feel really good.
- Also easier said than done – manage your goals. Similarly to ensuring you are organised, create a to do list of goals. You’ll know where it is you want to go and how it is you can get there. An added extra of creating goals, means crossing them of comes with a sense of fulfillment.
- At this stage, we’ve gathered this is all easier said than done, but this one really does make a difference. Think happy thoughts – positivity can be the difference in a good or bad day. Realise you can’t please everybody and you don’t have to. Work requires sacrificing and having the ability to do this sensibly, it doesn’t mean neglecting something but prioritising can make it easier to feel happy about your workload and how you’ll get through it. Block out any negativity you’re feeling – it will not help.
- Do the work. Deadlines won’t last forever and we all know the procrastination guilt is worse. If you don’t at least try you’ll never know your own ability.
- The life long struggle of eating right and exercising also affects your productivity in the workplace. If you feel good about yourself (endorphins aren’t a myth!), then you’ll feel happier, remember what happiness means – tip 4.
- Balance your time – because no one likes a workaholic. Make yourself someone people like to be around, inside work and out. Finish early on a Friday if it’s been a tough week. Or lend a friend a shoulder cry on and help them sort their problems rather than obsessing over your own.
- Do a good deed or help someone. It’s actually okay to feel good about this and use it to motivate you to continue doing things to feel good about yourself.
Author Bio: Laura Morrissey is a writer for Everything Disc She shares tips for both employers and employees in working to the best of their ability together. Her specialist areas are motivation and team building.