Five ways to stay motivated at work
At some stage of your career, you may experience burnout from long working hours and high levels of stress. There may even be a time when you experience boredom due to the lack of challenges at your workplace.
In both cases, leaving your job to seek better opportunities elsewhere may seem like the most ideal solution. However, it is almost impossible to guarantee that you will not face the same situation in your next job. Rather than looking for an exit opportunity, you may want to consider strategies that will keep you motivated, to prevent burnout or boredom.
Motivation is like a burning fire. It is easier to sustain fire by adding coal, than to revive one that has been put out. To keep this fire going, you must recognise what truly motivates you. These “coals” could be in the form of internal or external motivation, be it monetary rewards, growth opportunities or simply organising the way we work. There is no one-size fit all strategy.
Since change begins within, what is put forth here are five strategies that you can consider motivating yourself with.
Like organising a campfire gathering, these strategies only require you to add the coals, start the spark, plan for refills, gather the people and finally have fun!
1 SET PERSONAL GOALS
Coals are the essence of a campfire. Therefore, you must first add the “coals” by creating your own personal goals. In addition to those set by your bosses, ask yourself, what do you want to achieve? It could be learning a new skill that is relevant to your job.
Upon completing each goal, celebrate the mini milestones and reward yourself for your achievements. By doing so, you are constantly challenging yourself to develop at a comfortable pace, which can help prevent boredom at work. It also helps to deepen your engagement with others when you share about your new-found knowledge and skills.
Working towards a personal goal can also be a good way to break away from the daily grind and relieve stress.
2 SUGGEST NEW IDEAS
After the coals have been set, you will need to start the spark. How? By unleashing your creativity and initiate new ideas and activities for your workplace. For example, form a new toastmaster club within the organisation, or organise a paintball game for your team.
When you are more involved in conceptualising ideas and implementing them, you are more likely to feel engaged and motivated to work.
3 CREATE A SCHEDULE
To keep the fire going, you may want to plan the frequency of refilling the coals. Likewise, take time to plan your schedule and to-do list. It is easy to get overwhelmed by endless deadlines and suffer from burnout quickly. However, having an organised schedule allows you to pace yourself, and plan for sufficient breaks to be recharged. It may also create a sense of fulfilment as you tick each task off your checklist!
4 FORGE FRIENDS
What fun is there if there is a campfire without people? We spend more time at work with our colleagues than with our family and friends. Although some caution the formation of friendship at work, studies have found the value work-friendship can bring to their motivation at work.
A research conducted by Gallup found that employees who have a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their job and produce higher quality work. Therefore, these friendships may be one of the reasons to look forward to work.