Everyone has at some point experienced those first feelings of excitement that arise when beginning a new job, but unfortunately for most of us, those feelings disappear as time passes and are replaced with feelings of endless boredom. The strain of everyday life begins to take its toll on our once overflowing level of motivation and reduces it slowly to thin air. Suddenly, we find ourselves lethargically sitting at our desks with a certain lack of enthusiasm to work.
It is quite common for us to lack motivation in at least one area of our life. However, in relation to our working lives, this normally begins to take place after the very first month of working there, or once we have completed an important project. In some cases, external factors drain us of our strengths and demotivate us from working hard, such as a cut in pay, a miserable boss, unhelpful colleagues etc.
Whatever the reason may be, there is no point wallowing in self-pity because sooner or later, laziness and boredom will lead you into a negative, downward spiral. Rise back to the top by following our helpful tips on how to prevent motivation lows at work.
1. Revive Your Daily Routine
As far as your job enables you to, jazz up your daily routine by making a couple of changes to your old habits. If you are able to work flexibly; do it. You could, for example, work for a couple of hours at home, or use your lunch break to take part in a sport course or even start your day by doing something other than checking your e-mails and drinking coffee. Watch out not to make any too drastic changes though – you just need enough to let yourself be a little intrigued about what is in store for the day ahead.
2. Reward Yourself
Studies have shown that our level of motivation is coherent to our incentives. Therefore, if your work place offers you too few incentives, then take action by setting your own goals and rewarding yourself for your own success. For example, how about treating yourself to a delicious meal on Friday evenings to celebrate the closing of a productive week?
3. Keep Exercising
Swedish Scientists have worked out that whoever exercises regularly is not only more relaxed than their fellow colleagues, but also more productive. Therefore, start jazzing up your daily routine (see tip 1) with exercise, as this is also known to encourage motivation and reduce stress. Time-saving variations include jogging or biking to work, or even using your lunch break for sport – High-Speed Workouts such as Power Plate and CrossFit are particularly popular at the moment.
4. Take a Break
Sometimes the best solution during a phase of exhaustion is to simply take a break, but this does not mean you need to go on sabbatical leave in order to get your old drive and swing back. You are better off having a day free on Friday and enjoying a relaxing weekend so that you can go to work on Monday feeling revived for the week ahead.
5. Run Your Motivation Lows to the Ground
If there was a time when you were productive, but these days you just seem to be too caught up in a rulebook slowdown, then you need to take the time to ask yourself the unpleasant question about what is going wrong? Compare your old perspectives of the job with your new ones and analyse how these have changed over time? If you come to the conclusion that you could change the situation back to being positive, then do it!
6. Talk about It
In most cases, dissatisfaction at work turns into pressure and self-doubt which only sets us further into frustration. However, talking about these feelings can be very useful for helping us find a way out of motivation misery. At best, turn to somebody who you trust and can support you with encouraging words in your weak moments.
7. Deal With It!
The only thing that stays in good shape when moaning is the mouth. If you have found out what pulls you down, then do something to stop it. Face the problem and talk about it with those who can help you to solve it. This is not only important for your productivity, but also for your mental health. Otherwise you may risk making a mountain out of a mole hill that only professional help will be able to get you out of.
Have you already had a motivation low? How did you overcome it? And how do you sweeten up your working life so that you never loose the drive to work? Our edits are already looking forward to hearing your replies and tips.