How to Regain Motivation in the Workplace
It’s happened. The honeymoon period is over, and the job you once loved has now become dull and boring. Getting yourself to go to work now requires summoning all of your energy and strength. Or maybe you never liked your job, to begin with.
Whatever the case, you now find that it takes everything you have just to get yourself to work every day. Countless people find themselves in this situation at some point in their careers. However, just because this attitude may be common and even normal, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t attempt to combat it.
To help you in your quest to love your job, I have a few motivational techniques that may help get you started. There are both mental and behavioral changes that you can make in order to change your feelings about your job, and each has both primary and secondary benefits.
Being grateful that you have a job
Although the unemployment rate has improved, there are still a great many people who are unemployed or underemployed. Be grateful that you’re not one of them, and that you have a job to go to every day. Having an attitude of gratitude will not only help you love your job more but will give you an overall more positive perspective on your day. Consider it a secondary benefit of grateful thinking.
Being grateful that you can do your job
Continuing with the theme of gratitude, there are so many people that don’t have either the cognitive or physical capacity to do your job. Be grateful for the ability that you possess, and that you are able to successfully do your job. A secondary benefit to this type of thinking is increased self-esteem. Are you starting to see how one good thing leads to other good things?
Think of all the benefits that will come from doing your job
Do you get to help people? Do you get to help improve processes and how things are done? Whatever it is that you do, do your best and feel the feeling of a job well done. A secondary benefit of this is having a greater feeling of purpose in your life.
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Use a pre-work routine to get motivated
Maybe that means quietly sipping coffee while reading the morning paper. Or maybe it means dancing to your favorite music while you get ready for work. Whatever it is, find a routine that preps you for your day. The primary benefit is that it helps you start your day in a positive way, and the secondary benefit is that it adds more fun to your life.
Use the reward system
When all else fails, use the reward system. Did you contribute new ideas at every meeting this week? Buy yourself a new DVD. Did you turn in your long and complicated report on time? Go get a massage. You get the idea. The primary benefit of the reward system is that simple good feeling that comes from getting a treat/reward. The secondary benefit is that it increases the likelihood that you will do that good behavior again in the future.
Regardless of whether you choose mental changes and/or behavioral changes, these approaches should help put some pep in your step as you head out the door for work. Give it a try and notice the changes that occur.