I know what it feels like to go to that soul-sucking job… and I know what it’s like to down every minute until it’s time to go home. But if you have to work outside the home RIGHT NOW, then it is time to change up your attitude.
Many people assume that the source of the problem is their work, and don’t take a deeper look into their attitude and motivation behind their job. We all get discouraged by events out of our control, and need a confidence boost, praise, and kick in the backside to carry on working.
Below you will find The Top 10 Ways to Stay Motivated at Your Job, even if you feel like you need to give up… even if you feel you need to make a drastic change or tell your boss what you really think about him. 😉
The Warning Signs of Burning Out
Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself at work …I totally get it. And you might think that your career is not going anywhere.
When you feel like you are reaching the end of your rope, you might want to have a chat with your supervisor and seek new opportunities within the company, instead of packing your box and leaving. Or try volunteering for a new project or ask for extra training to transfer to a new area within the business.
One of the best ways of staying happy at work is smiling. When you walk through the office and smile at people, chances are they will start smiling back, and this will give you a positive confirmation. Don’t look miserable, even if you don’t feel on the top of the world.
Try to remain positive and avoid making negative comments. Compliment everyone, and start your day with a positive remark. Praise people and they will praise you back. You can fake it until you make it, and happiness at work is all about positive relationships.
Build Positive Relationships with Coworkers
You will need to build positive working relationships with everyone in your workplace. You might think that this is easier said than done, but you can make an attempt and see how simple the process is.
Stay civil with everyone you don’t like and remain professional. Engage with like-minded people and discuss your ideas about work. Try socializing with coworkers and involve them in your projects. Ask for feedback, opinions, and ideas. This way, everyone will feel at ease when they want to communicate with you or start a conversation. Stay approachable, but maintain a certain distance.
If your company doesn’t provide you with the flexibility you desire, you can always contact the representative of your company’s EAP services to ask for more time off, flexible working hours, holidays, or a shift change.
These services are designed to help you make the most out of your employment and keep you motivated. No company wants their employees to leave over issues that can be easily communicated and sorted.
Set Challenges for Yourself
Challenging yourself is a good way of keeping negative thoughts out. You might feel discouraged by not hitting the target this month, or not getting the promotion. Instead of sulking, start thinking about how you can get better.
Make sure that you correct your errors and set a target, challenges. Have an end goal in mind that helps you push through whenever you come across difficulties. You can improve your productivity by simply creating challenges for yourself. You might have productivity targets set by the management of your company, but the best ones will always be the ones you create.
Challenge Your Co-workers
Setting up simple games with your colleagues that will challenge you and them as well is a good way of keeping the team competitive and motivated. You can push yourself further and motivate others around you, showing off your leadership skills at the same time.
If this little trick helps you improve the productivity of your team, you might even be offered a promotion by the management. Don’t ever be afraid of taking initiative and creating a more positive work atmosphere that will be noticed by everyone.
Knowledge is Power
You might think that you are overworked and underpaid, but the key to change is in your hands. Sign up for an extra training or learn a new skill from one of your co-workers.
Become a better leader and communicator, or seek internal training opportunities. No matter what your next career goal is, you can achieve it by improving your skills and gaining extra qualifications. BOOM! 🙂
Become More Useful at Work
Does your office breakroom need revamping? Could your colleagues benefit from a day out? Do you have organizational skills you can put into work?
If the answer is yes, you might become more useful at work. Create your own plans and present them to the management. Is there a new project you could volunteer for? Offer your expertise and show off your knowledge.
You might think that you are not doing very well at work, but this might not be the case. The best way to keep you motivated is to get feedback and reflect on it.
You can find out more about your main improvement areas and work on them, instead of sitting back and accepting the situation. Ask your boss what skills you should improve on to progress your career and provide more value for the company. They will appreciate the effort. Even if you feel like you are going nowhere and you need to change your career, it is best to have a chat with the management first.
Stop Being a Perfectionist
You might be guilty of being too harsh on yourself. I know I am guilty of this…
How you see your work and performance might not be how other people see you. You need to ask for a detailed feedback and performance report. Compare yourself to other people in the same position, and try to find areas where you can better improve. You cannot be the best at everything… no one can.
Build on your strengths and try to improve on your weaknesses, and you will have a more positive career outlook and a better ability to motivate yourself.