How do you stay motivated? Do you have a few tricks?
There is an old adage that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. I’m generally an optimist, but with a heavy dose of realism and a hint of skepticism, so I tend to believe that even the most motivated of the motivated who love what they do so much they just burst from so much sun shining up their butts have days in which they’d just rather not.
Staying motivated when you’re emotionally drained from something outside of work
Work can actually be a distraction from the noise and drama surrounding your personal life. Treat it that way. Try very hard not to bring that drama in to the workplace and try very hard not to be a part of workplace drama.
If you think of work as an escape from that very personal emotional stuff, it can become a bit of a safe-haven that you want to protect. Just don’t make it such an escape that you spend all of your time there, and none of it dealing with the outside drama and emotions.
Staying motivated when you literally just don’t feel well
If you can, and you have the option, work from home. If you can’t work from home, take a day off. Your not feeling well could be emotional, but it could also be that you are carrying around some kind of bug that your co-workers and customers don’t want, so be mindful of that as well.
If you’re suffering from the brown-bottle flu, suck it up, Buttercup, and get to work.
Staying motivated when you are burned out
You might love your company/employer. You might even love your job – usually. But sometimes, you just get burned out on it and need a break.
If that happens, volunteer for special projects or to cross-train in another area. Something, anything that productively breaks the monotony of doing the same things every day.
If that is really not an option, flip your focus. Start thinking of the things you could do outside of work that excite you and then begin thinking of work as not just a way to pay the bills and eat, but a way to fund those interesting activities.
You might even have to keep telling yourself, “I’m doing THIS because I love doing THAT.” Maybe it will help take the sting out.
And remember, we all need a break now and then. It doesn’t have to be the expensive vacation you see your friends posting about on Facebook. But take a break from work. Use the vacation time you’ve earned, even if all you plan to do with it is sit in the backyard sipping on an ice cold beverage of your choice.
Set goals and write them down
All of the feel-good gurus out there will tell you to set goals for yourself – and with good reason. Science backs up the claim that if you set goals and write them down, you are much more likely to stay motivated enough to achieve them.
And that’s really what Business is ART is all about (ART = Articulate, Revise, Track). Articulate what you want (goals, objectives and actions). Revise your plans as you move along. Track your progress so that you can make better, more informed decisions – and reward yourself and your stakeholders for achieving those goals and objectives.
How do you stay motivated?
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