Posted on 21st November 2019 by Jonathan Forrester
Motivation is what keeps us going in our everyday life, especially in business. When you don’t catch enough motivation, you feel less interested in the things you’re doing. It is good to stay motivated, be it intrinsic or extrinsic because it helps us reach optimality.
Check out our 15 hacks to stay motivated.
1. Start Your Day with Visualization. Picture what you want your day to be like - Visualisation is not limited to big-picture goals. You can use visualisation on your mundane, day-to-day tasks, as effectively as the large picture one. Imagine yourself being productive on everything you need to accomplish. This will help psyche you up to achieve more.
2. Listen to Inspiring Music. Music is the medicine for the soul; it can put you in a fantastic mood. It can get you mentally pumped to do your best or mellow you out and smooth the rough edges. And it’s a great way to block out distracting background noise or chatter.
3. Go on a Walk to Clear Your Head. Taking a stroll gets the blood flowing. It is a highly recommended exercise to refresh your mind. The simple act of walking gives you the chance to stretch your legs. Studies have shown that those who take regular 30 minutes lunchtime walks reported better health and better moods than those who didn’t do this regularly.
So if you have the chance, take a walk; you also be able to have that cake with your lunch and not feel guilty about it!
4. Always Use Your Breaks. The mind and body always need breaks to recuperate from the work we give them. Use breaks given at work. At home, to take a rest, no matter how short. Stepping away from a rough project can help you find clarity, regain motivation and even find some inspiration.
5. Take a Nap. It isn’t unusual to lie down for some minutes and close your eyes during the day. It doesn’t make you lazy. Workplace studies have found that a nap as short as 15 or 20 minutes can have surprising benefits for mental and physical focus, including boosting memory and lowering blood pressure.
6. Cut Back on the Caffeine. People take coffee, soda or energy drinks to boost their alertness, and many rely on them to stay motivated and energised throughout the day. Unfortunately, this high is always followed by an even bigger low. So please do not self medicate with these, try going for a walk or another one of the great idea listed here.
7. Do a Quick Workout Routine. Do not always relate the workout to the gym. Do you know that there are a variety of stretches and low-impact exercises that you can do right at your desk? These brief routines can get your blood pumping while helping you burn a few calories in the process.
Check the link here for some great ideas on office workouts. https://www.snacknation.com/blog/office-exercises/ and https://www.glamour.com/gallery/the-ultimate-10-minute-office-workout
8. Make Your To-Do List Light. The thought of overwhelming work is the biggest demotivation to being productive. To-do lists can help break tasks in the groups, such as urgent, not urgent, and daily tasks. But be careful having a very long list can kill whatever little motivation you had to work.
9. Celebrate and Reward All Wins. Do you feel good after finishing a task? Celebrate it! When you don’t feel motivated, try to recall how much you have done. Even if it is a small action step like making a call or sending an email, celebrate them. Each little goal counts towards the big ones.
10. Create an Attraction for Yourself. If you want to stay motivated every day, you must create something to look forward to. The thought of travel and being far away from work often leaves smiles on our faces. Create something similar that you will look forward to. This can be your self-reward for achieving those goals, work and personal.
11. Revisit Your Purpose. One of the quickest ways to get motivation is by revisiting your purpose. Why do you want to achieve the goal? Why do you want to be successful? Ask the “Why” question to discover your purpose. When you have a strong and compelling reason, nothing can stop you. Make sure you write this done, keep near, and I would recommend reading daily to start and a lest weekly and reviewing it, to ensure it still fits once a month.
12. Get an Accountability Partner. When you have someone to monitor your progress, it helps you stay motivated and on course. Choose someone who is positive and able to support you. Better yet, get a mentor or a coach.
13. Commit to It. It is essential to commit to your task. Make a public commitment by sharing your goals and what you are going to do to get there, with people who will support you. When you do that, you will feel the commitment because you have just made achieving that goal your word or bond.
14. Repeat Your Affirmations. Affirmations are just like pep-talk. The only difference is that a pep-talk or a war cry is done in a group, while affirmation is usually done alone. So, whenever you are feeling down and feel no motivation, do some affirmations. You have to make it as real as possible.
Some good ones are, I can achieve anything I put my mind too, my creativity pushes my work and career to new heights, and today is a new day, I will make progress on my path today.
15. Build Your Routine and Create the Cue. The best way to get things done is to make it a habit so that you don’t have to depend on motivation. Motivation is vital in the beginning, but once things have become your habits, motivation is not as important anymore, as it will run on autopilot.
Sometimes, it feels as if life is getting the best of you. You’re burnt out, exhausted, delirious from lack of sleep; we’ve all been there. But don’t let it get you down! If you try and keep to these hacks & tips for staying motivated, you will see the positive results and feel fantastic about yourself in no time.