How To Remain Inspired At Work
Keeping motivated at work can sometimes feel like a struggle. For no matter how much you love your job, there will be days when you just can’t wait to clock off.
It’s important to remember that everyone has their off days. What’s more, by focusing on a few key areas you can inject a little inspiration into your working day and boost your enthusiasm for the job at hand.
In today’s chaotic world it can be easy to lose sight of what we’re actually working towards. If you really can’t see where you’re going have a think about what’s the most important aspect of your job at the moment and focus on that.
Once you know your goal, think about what you need to do to succeed. Then at the end of each working day, write down everything you have done to help you achieve your objective.
For extra inspiration you could even keep a list and flick through it every time you can’t see the wood for the trees. It might be a single daily task or a project which lasts for months on end – just make sure you note down everything you do to make it happen.
If you work in a busy office your environment may be influencing your daily performance. Many employees underestimate the effects that messy workplaces, bad lighting and loud noise can have on their lives.
Next time you’re sitting at your desk have a look around and ask yourself if you feel inspired. Is there anything you could do immediately to help you feel more motivated?
Sometimes hanging a piece of inspirational art, introducing an office plant or simply de-cluttering your work space can have a positive effect on your state of mind.
Similarly if you find yourself repeating the same tasks every day try mixing up how and when you tackle your work load. Variety really is a great way of adding a little spice to your everyday working life.
Don’t just spend the day working on one task – break things up, try doing old tasks in new ways or tackling boring jobs first and then rewarding yourself with a fun task straight away. By planning ahead the tedious duties will soon be done, leaving you free to concentrate on something more enjoyable.
For many of us, motivation is linked to how happy we are in our job. If work is piling up and you’re under pressure it can be hard to muster up enthusiasm.
A good way to reignite your inspiration is to claw back some autonomy – giving you an active choice in how you reach your targets and goals.
If you’re able to take charge of how you manage your job, you’ll feel much more involved with the outcomes. Chatting to your line manager will help you gauge where you can take some control and work in a productive and customised way.
For those who question what they’re working towards, feedback can be a great motivational tool. Not only will you discover what you do well but also if there are any areas you can improve on. That way you can develop your skills and overall performance.
When you’re feeling sluggish tackling little tasks or short term goals can also help build up some enthusiasm. Divide your workload into small chunks or take on a small project you have a special interest in. You won’t feel so overwhelmed and you’ll be able to tick things off the dreaded ‘To Do’ list much quicker.
Think about what you can do to improve your skills or career in the next few weeks and set yourself a mini challenge. It could be something as simple as getting to grips with the latest industry news or even attending night classes.
Reward yourself when you complete your goal and remind yourself just how much your time and efforts are paying off. Let people know how you’re getting on – especially the boss. The more you are actively involved, the more inspiration you can take from your current position.
Finally, make sure you have your very own support network in place to help you through the tough times at work. This could be your friends, family and loves ones as well as your colleagues. Talking things through can help clear things up and keep you focused on what’s important.
By recognising when you need a motivational boost and making an active decision to do something about it, it’s easy to add a little spark to your everyday job.