I work online, but I have also worked in offices I the past. I know how hard it can be to motivate yourself for work whether you work online or offline. Sometimes I wonder if I should take an office job as I battle with working on my own – although I do have people I can speak to on Skype etc. However, I have taken even part-time office jobs and found the struggle for motivation to be just the same.
Here are 4 ways I motivate myself:
- Make sure I have a plan for the day
Having multiple tasks but no plan is one factor that contributes to procrastination. I have bee guilty of this, and by the time I do decide which task I am going to do, I usually end up making an excuse to do something else like make a tea, get a sandwich or something that delays me from starting the task in hand. However, I started to organise my next day at the end of my workday. i.e. if it is Monday, then at 6 pm I will organise Tuesday.
This helps me focus from the moment I wake up. I know exactly what my first task is for the day and so I can shower, make my tea, have breakfast then crack on with it.
- Take regular breaks
This is not always easy in an office environment. I actually started smoking one time because it seemed smokers managed to get more breaks than regular smokers. Bad idea because this actually made more tired, so smoke breaks actually don’t count. However, you should plan to work 50 minutes, then take 10 minutes to relax. If your boss is stingy, then go to fetch some water, speak to a colleague, make a cup of tea, or go to the toilet. There are plenty of ways to get your 10-minute break.
For me, just that quick break helps my mind reset. This is as opposed to finishing one task and moving straight into the next with no break. I sometimes find myself sitting there for a minute while my brain catches up on several occasions, and that is because I did not have a break when I should have.
- Drink plenty of water
You may be thinking why would I even say this. You would be surprised how many people drink tea of coffee instead of water. As the day goes on dehydration will negatively affect their thought patterns, slow them down, and slow their mind. You may have experienced this and put it down to being tired from working. However, a lot of the time you are only working 6 hours a day on an 8-hour workday.
Consider this. You have 1 hour for lunch leaving 7 hours. If you take around 5 breaks of 10 minutes and consider the 10 minutes to log on and get started when you arrive, you can cut out 2 hours from your workday. This is not bunking off work, it is productive break times that increase your productivity while working.
As the work week goes on, add water into the equation and come Friday, you will still be as productive as you were on Monday. You will still be making good decisions and be much less susceptible to mistakes.
- Do the jobs you hate first
If you spend the entire day dreading a task, then you will probably subconsciously slow down on your other tasks or make more excuses to dodge those jobs. However, if you plan how long that job you hate will take, and then dedicate time to getting it done as early as possible, you will fly through the rest of the day!
There you have it. My 4 tips to motivate yourself for a good week at work. We don’t all have jobs we love, but we can make the best of it by reducing stress, worry, and fatigue. And if you happen to have a job you love, then using these 4 techniques will make your job even more enjoyable.
Of course, there are dozens of other points you can add to these 4 tips to motivate yourself even further. However, take small steps, like these 4 steps, then continue to discover more motivational points you can add to these for the next week. By the end of the month, you will have improved 16 areas of your work life and will find your work week more of a breeze.