Everyone has those moments, when everything seems to head south. Even the most motivated employees will occasionally experience a down time, needing a boost to regain their normal motivation levels. A fact is motivated employees are happier, more energetic, more enthusiastic, more driven and are better performing than their unmotivated colleagues. We look at a few tips to help you stay motivated and enhance performance when you’re going through a period of low motivation:
To begin with:
- Make your goals clears:
You will make your life easier and manageable if you have a clear picture of where you are going, what you are doing and the end results of your endeavors. Without a clear vision and knowledge of how your work impacts the big picture, you will end up spending lots of time on unimportant matters rather than tasks that positively impact the big picture. Clarify your goals in clear terms from the word go. It is remarkable what you will achieve once you have honed in on your precise goals and can focus on them and visualize yourself achieving them.
- Draw a road-map for achieving your goals:
This means that you need a clear game-plan for achieving your goals. This is more of planning and strategizing on how to achieve your planned goals and objectives. A road-map to achieving your goals will keep you on check on what to and what not to. It will give you clear, sensible achievable interesting tasks that will greatly simplify and lend meaning to your daily routine. Planning will also give you a feeling of control over your work and deadlines which largely boosts motivation. The more organized you are, the more motivated you will be and the less likely you are to fall into a fit of panic or insecurity and lose confidence and motivation.
- Thrive in the wave of your successes:
There is nothing as stimulating as success. Learn to ride in the wave of your success. When you work hard enough to achieve successful results, there is enough motivation to do more and excel in your performance. Your aim should be to achieve your set goals and ride in the momentum of each achievement to gain more successes. Remind yourself that once your vision is clear and you have a set of well-defined, reasonable objectives and milestones to reach, the secret of success is hard work, creativity and perseverance.
- A pat in the back:
Learn to reward yourself for the milestones you’ve achieved. Have a reward system for yourself. This will keep you motivated as you aim for the highest.
Rewarding yourself for the milestones you have made will not only give you something to look forward to, but also will fuel the extra drive to get there, burst energy and enthusiasm as you work towards attaining your set objectives.
- Have things in perspective:
It’s always good to see the end of things from the beginning. This means you have the bigger picture of what you do and the role you are playing. It is important that you keep things in perspective and always remind yourself of why you have to work. Apart from the pay, work is about realizing your potential, feeling alive and useful, a sense of connection, making a difference in the world and all that. One way of keeping things in perspective is listing the things that drove you to this specific and in tough times, reminding yourself why you do the work you do. Also reminding yourself that work is work and there is life outside of work to look forward to will keep you motivated when things are tough.
- Establish and maintain a healthy work/life balance
The greatest ailment affecting humanity today is losing balance. It is actually very easy to lose yourself at work and neglect other aspects of your life very unconsciously. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential both for your general motivation level and your overall wellbeing. Have other things; outside work that you look forward to. Pursue a hobby, or connect with family and friends, exercise, or take some short courses. In other words, engage in things that will sharpen your creativity and energy. These things will keep your motivation levels high and consequently make you more productive at work in general.
- Embrace Positivity
Negativity is a contagious affliction that drains you of energy, slows you down, saps your enthusiasm and blinds you to the reasons you work. Avoid negative feelings at all costs and concentrate on the positive side. Surround yourself with positive, stimuli, and concentrate on the reasons you work. Find things to laugh at and count your blessings at every opportunity. Focus on positives regardless of how small or inconsequential they are.
With these tips, you are assured to remain motivated and productive.
Source : Ethiojobs