By Michael Chimeremma Nwadialor
As little kids sometimes waking up early everyday for years to prepare and take a bus to school can become unbearable and burdensome, right? It is the same with working a particular job every single day for years, sometimes decades.
Same job, same cubicle, same routine, same mouse etc may make it difficult to stay motivated everyday, but truly, you must know it is not abnormal. To stay motivated for years and decades is something that countless employees struggle with and once this happens one must look for ways and strategies to uplift one’s spirit.
No doubt, motivation is necessary especially in the workplace. The following are therefore ways to stay motivated in your workplace :
Re-evaluate your responsibilities, ask yourself what in particular do you do in your organisation. If you are able to remind yourself by assessing your role in the organisation, you will automatically place yourself in the mode and atmosphere with which you first started.
Recall the projects you have handled ‘effortlessly’ because of passion, experience and expertise. Find yourself and find your job by rewriting on your sketch note your career goals in the space of two to three years to come.
This will rejuvenate your zeal for your job (only if your sketch contributes to helping you achieve your career goals in the near future).
You have to set an end-goal. When you’re done with that, set smaller tasks that nest in the more complex ones. In order to achieve milestones you must take the jobs ‘slice by slice’. Turn the end-goal into simple tasks and strive to achieve them gradually.
Keep track of the simple tasks achieved, the thing is – a track of success no matter how small can keep one motivated to do more. Tick the tasks done and take time to celebrate. Celebrate your achievements but don’t let them drown you. After celebrating, repeat the process – achieve small tasks, keep track and celebrate.
3 THE BEST PARTS OF THE JOB
Ralph Marston said “Remember why you started, remember where you’re headed, think of how great it will be to get there, and keep going.” If you have worked at least for a single day in your workplace, you’d already have a lot of profound reasons to work and also a lot of reasons not to.
Instead of thinking or talking more about the annoying part of the job, why not focus on the best parts, first of which is ‘Why you started’.
Instead of giving much thinking to the negative or dissatisfying parts of the job, think more about the things you do enjoy. If it is possible, write a litany of these best parts and do not let other things occupy your mind.
They say – variety is a spice of life. Let’s rephrase. “Variety is a spice of work life.” In the middle of your job kindly take occasional breaks, clear your head and relax. You can also spice up your schedules and routine by taking control of your work life.
If you like to listen to good music, create a music playlist and listen to some songs for your leisure, try a new fashion (get a new pair of shoes, ties etc), reorganise your workspace etc. These changes will surely have a positive impact on your level of motivation.
This should be your last resort, Jobs are not easy to come by, that’s for sure. But if staying in your present job brings to you only stress and aches and motivation is very lacking, go ahead, seek out a job that you feel motivated to do.
If you cannot stay motivated no matter how hard you’ve tried, do well to keep working your job for extra weeks until you find another job.
Promotion can also boost your motivation but if you also think that even a new position won’t lift your spirit, go ahead knock on another door.
Mark Twain said “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” If you find joy in your job, you’ll stay motivated almost always, and if you ever feel down it’s easy to get yourself back up towards happiness and fulfilment.
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