Having trouble finding motivation at work? Working is a lifelong process. If you had just graduated from university, congratulations! It’s the best time for you to take graduation trips and have a good break before starting your career. As one might think, just as you had completed your educational journey, life will be seemingly great and easier. That’s not true!
You are actually stepping into the working world for the remaining two-thirds of your life. Possibly, at the beginning of your career, you find yourself very driven and determined to excel.
However, as you progress towards the later stage of your working life, you might experience dread and low motivation at work because everything probably seems monotonous and repetitive. This is what people usually refer to as a ‘mid-life crisis’.
Interestingly, this term was largely referring to the middle age group of 40 to 60 years old, but nowadays the younger employees are starting to use this term more loosely as if they had hit the middle ages.
Fret not, we can always find the little joys at your workplace!
Here are some tips and tricks on how you can gain motivation at work:
1. Setting clear goals
Most of the time, employees simply head to work just trying to clear the tasks at hand. However, having a clear perspective of what you should achieve for the day is very important. You may start off with a priority list at hand to make yourself motivated, having a series of tasks to clear for the day.
2. Finding meaning in your work
Having an awareness of how your work contributes to the team or the organization itself allows you to realize the importance of your role and presence. Please do not quote me, but try disappearing for a couple of days at work and your colleagues will realize that some things are not moving at the workplace because you aren’t around. Not to mention, it could be even worse if you are in a managerial position.
3. Taking ownership of your work
Neither did employees realize that having a great sense of ownership over their projects or tasks can empower them to take pride in their work as they feel more connected to it. In fact, this is a natural phenomenon.
Let’s take, for example, you take cooking as a hobby. You like it because you take ownership of it, plan and dictate what dish to be cooked, etc. Similarly, you do not necessarily have to love your job, but taking responsibility and ownership of your tasks or projects as if it’s your hobby could be one way of uncovering motivation at work.
4. Recognising and rewarding yourself
Most of the time, employees are so busy climbing up the corporate ladder that they forget to celebrate their accomplishments. As chasing goals and dreams are a never-ending process, people tend to forget or are too busy trying to find time to appreciate the progresses that they made along the way.
Create milestones and remember to tick them off your checklist. Celebrate them with a blast and that’s how you realize how many more milestones you have achieved and more to achieve.
5. Taking short and sweet breaks
As simple as it may sound, taking regular breaks do help individuals to feel more relaxed, and energized to continue working. Just sharing a personal experience of my own, I actually did a mini coffee break with my colleagues once, and because we were having mini talks, it kind of lifted up my mood and energy. So, when I resumed my work at my desk, I felt more re-energized to resume working.
6. Mixing around with positive influences
Have you ever realized, there will always be one or two colleagues at work that carries high energy and usually very chatty? Kind of like as if working is a very fun thing for them right?
Well, these are the type of colleagues that you should mingle around with. They are usually very optimistic and supportive, and somehow their positive energy will rub off you to make you engaged at work.
7. Seeking feedback and opportunities for growth
This sounds like an old textbook statement doesn’t it? Yes, as old and classic as it might be. It is true! Once you have reached the time when you feel stagnant, you should definitely ask for more.
Expressing your thoughts and scope in your work to show your employer that you are hungry to do more and that you want to achieve more. This could be in terms of extra training, mentorships, or projects.
Interestingly, in modern days where employees feel stagnant in their careers, they will start to look beyond their current role and start searching for other job opportunities to hop on, in hopes of striving for better pay or to take up new challenges. Though this may not be recommended, but this is how the job market work nowadays.
No doubt that it is not easy to feel motivated at work naturally, as we are performing a daily work routine. However, it’s actually a matter of perspective of how individuals view things. If you could have an aim at work, set some meaning to it, take pride in it, mingle around with optimistic colleagues, and have short breaks at work.
I’m sure you will be more engaged and motivated at work. Who knows? Maybe by doing this, you can achieve success quicker and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Just like how high-level executives wake up at 5 am to go jogging or exercise and yet are able to work for the entire day. They set their mind to something and they instill discipline in themselves (I’m working on this too!)
Let’s start making these changes today!
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