Life at work can sometimes be easy. But not always. Things can quickly spiral out of control and into the realm of being complicated and demotivating. Sometimes in a VERY short time.
The buzz and and the stress can literally drain out your energy. Your email queue gets longer and longer, the blinking cursor beckons you to come answer them one by one. It sounds simple, but even something as mundane as emails can be exhausting in the right circumstances. And that is often just the beginning. Your workload can be a never-ending storm continuously getting dragged in front of you. The series of requests from your bosses (constantly bombarding you) adds one more thing to another tiring day at the office. And it all seems to come at once.
Sounds pretty overwhelming, huh? And it’s not over. You already feel burnt out when you log off your computer and pack your things to finally go home. As you ride on the way home, you inevitably feel demotivated and exhausted. Your body may slouch, but your mind doesn’t. It can’t shut off. With every minute that passes, you question and probe with your mind. You start to wonder, are you doing your best? You start thinking you are problem. You start thinking you are not doing your very best in the tasks assigned to you. Moreover, it also seems like you are not accomplishing the things the way they should be done. The more you put it that way, the more you are making yourself believe that no one appreciates you—no one believes in your capabilities.
What you need is some motivation. It’s not always easy, like anything, but with some planning and tactics you can get back that motivation that disappeared somewhere along the way. You can be the change agent to revive your energy and learn to love your work again.
Starter Pack 101: 10 Things You Need To Do for Your Daily Dose of Motivation
Every morning is different. There are times when you would wake up without the motivation and energy to go to work. Yet, there are also mornings where everything feels positive and blissful. Really, the most crucial thing that you need to achieve all the time is the latter.
Here are some of the helpful tips to serve as your backup in getting back your motivation at work:
1. “Never forget why you started.”
Let this be your mantra for a day until it becomes your usual inner chant every day. For sure, you have a bucket list of your goals that you absolutely want to achieve one day. Hence, they are probably the reason why you began working so hard years or months ago. May it be a small or big conflict at the office, never let them ruin the future that you are building for yourself.
2. Stay away from toxic colleagues.
While it is true that a harmonious relationship is needed in an office setting, things can still vary in some situations. Some of your workmates can also be the reason for the trigger inside you. If there are a few of them who tend to make you feel worthless, DON’T SPEND TIME WITH THEM. Sounds simple, and maybe it is harder to do if work requires it, but often it is a habitual engagement that we can CHOOSE not to follow.
3. Shut yourself off for a while.
If workloads are too heavy to carry, don’t forget to take a break. Go out and excuse yourself from the crowds and piles of papers. Try to slowly revive your energy. You may drink some water to refresh your body a bit more. Also, eat some sweets or candies (don’t do this every day though!!) while pursuing back the presence of your old self at work. Create a space for yourself where nobody is allowed to attack your peace. The most important thing is to focus on the ways that will help you mentally and survive the day with your spirit intact.
4. Dive your mind into the world of music.
Surely, you have some great playlists hiding on your phone. The radiating and annoying noises around you can be one factor why you are losing your strength at work. Even the clicks of on the keyboards, the movements of the chairs, and papers being printed sound too draining. Assuming it is okay at your workplace, and if this kind of scenario tends to help your cheerfulness, go and turn that song on. Listen to some of your favourite picks. Sometimes, music has its own way of reviving your good mood.
5. Read motivational books at night.
Don’t lose that momentum when you go home at night! Don’t lose that acceleration you gained during the day. Spending some time to read things about positivity can be helpful. Those words out there can make your daily insights turn into brighter perspectives as you go on the day. These happy thoughts from reading motivational books at night can help you the next day when you go head back into that office. Find those motivational stories, and find that courage to believe in your abilities.
6. Prepare a soothing and warm shower for yourself.
Sometimes, you feel too tired because even the cells and muscles in your body are exhausted as well. After the constant moving at work, the end of a day can really be tiring. Hence, you probably need some warm shower to freshen up every part of your body. It just feels nice to sleep and wake up the next day feeling so good and lively to work again.
7. Talk to your vent buddy.
Keeping up the unpleasant things inside you is one of the hardest feelings. Of course, the more you hide, the heavier they become. You definitely have to release them or else, they will try to overpower you all at once. Spend an hour or two talking things out to your partner or best friend. Tell them your inner rants and hear what they would say after. If you think that nobody is appreciating you, well, no need to worry. You surely got them through the ups and downs.
8. Write down the list of things that make you happy.
Cliché as it may seem, but writing down your feelings is a powerful method to take away your tiredness. However, this time, try to make a list of whatever things that complete your happiness. As you jot them down, make them as another reason to feel motivated and proud of your current achievements. Therefore, you would always find a push when things are too difficult to handle.
9. Turn your work into something you really love doing.
Even though they are just the daily tasks meant to give you money for your needs, there may still be a way for you to mentally treat your work as an enjoyable hobby. This may just be a ‘framing’ in your mind. Associate your work with something you enjoyed doing in the past.
10. Believe in yourself if no one else will.
You probably encounter this a lot. Maybe it’s in your head, or maybe it’s true. Regardless, when no one seems to see you at your best or even at your weakest, you still have yourself. You have you. So, you must learn how to stand up when problems at work pull you down. Lock in the mindset that you are ALWAYS capable to meet any pressure and challenge out there.
I hope these 10 things help you with daily motivation. If you want to read more about how motivation can make you successful at work, here is another article to help.