Mustering enough motivation to show up at work every day is a common problem, no matter if you love or hate your job. If you hate your job, it goes without saying that finding the motivation to show up is not easy. But you’ll also find that even if you love your job, there are mornings when you’re clawing at the walls to get out of bed.
So, how to get motivated to work?
It’s easy to fall into a rut and get stuck in the same ho-hum routine. and inevitably, the excitement for work diminishes. However, if you consistently motivate yourself to show up at work every day, you’ll experience:
- Increased energy levels to get the work done.
- More enthusiasm to attack challenges as they arise
- Better sustained results over the long haul
If showing up at work every day were easy, everyone would be doing it. And it wouldn’t be costing businesses $84 Billion a year. Part of the issue, though, is that organizations attempt to motivate you with bonuses, promotions, attendance awards, company luaus, virtual dog shows, and pizza.
Not to say it’s necessary to do away with these incentives entirely, but organizations are missing a massive opportunity to provide you with the tools to motivate yourself to show up at work.
So, instead of depending on the organization to find motivation, here are 3 ways how to get motivated to work every day.
1. Remind Yourself “Why” You Work
Too often, employees base their motivation on external sources like accolades, bonuses, and job promotion. Sure, these feel good, but they’re just a “sugar high” and don’t last.
Consider your own motivation as something that’s internally sourced. The simplest way to identify these internal sources of motivation is to find your own personal reason “why.” “Why” motivates for the long haul.
For example, maybe you’re heading to work on Monday to appease the boss, lay the groundwork for a raise, or just get through a project that’s been hanging over your head for a while.
It’s a lot like losing weight for a class reunion or a beach trip. While both are definitely motivating factors to lose weight, it’s usually not sustained over the long term.
Consider how your workday motivation changes when you think about the example you want to set for your kids, how you want to help your co-workers that you’ve been with for years, or how you believe in the overall mission in your company.
Or simply, you believe that the job you’re doing helps you learn and prepare for the next step in your career. Those are deeper, more meaningful reasons to motivate to show up at work.
Figure out your “why” with the help of this guide: 8 Reasons Why You’re Unhappy at Work (And What to Do)
2. Use the Hemingway Technique
Nothing helps your workday motivation like momentum, and Ernest Hemingway had a brilliant approach. His technique was to leave the last chapter or paragraph unfinished at the end of the day, especially when he knew exactly how it was going to end.
Then when he sat down at his desk the following day, he could immediately start writing and build momentum for the rest of his day. He’d never find himself at his desk wondering what to do next.
You can apply this technique to your workday motivation. Instead of staying late on Friday or working over the weekend to wrap up your work, pick a stopping place strategically, so when you get to work on Monday, you know exactly what to do next. This type of momentum will carry you through your workday.
3. Take Control
It’s so easy to let the first few hours of your work fill-up with meetings. Take control by planning and scheduling your first few interactions of the day so you’re looking forward to them.
Set up a coffee meeting or a conference call with someone at the office who is typically upbeat and creative. This is a low-stress way to motivate because it just involves showing up and a little bit of planning.
You can also gain motivation by connecting with your family at home. In my family, we often plan breakfast together and hold our own little breakfast party. It really helps us get our day started off right in every positive way and the motivational momentum we get carries over into work (and school).
We all have our ups and downs, and there will be times when we just don’t feel like doing anything productive. This is normal, and you can do something about it. That’s why I presented these 3 simple yet effective steps to help yourself get motivated to work.
Take one of the tips above and adopt it for your weekly routine. Here’s to being motivated!
More Tips on How to Get Motivated to Work
- How to Get Motivated Every Day When You Wake Up
- Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)
- No Motivation? 7 Great Ways To Overcome Loss Of Motivation
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