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How To Stay Motivated At Work

Let’s face it – there are times when you are working and just don’t feel like it.  It could be due to a tough assignment, reduction in force at work, redundant assignments or less than sexy assignments.  Either way – you don’t want to be there and would rather do something else.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your head in the game as being bored as work can be daunting.

Call out for the day

Sometimes what may be perceived as boredom or lack of motivation is simply BURN OUT!  If you are working extra hours or persistently on tough assignments, you probably need more of a mental and physical break than anything else.  Take a day, ease your mind, focus on something else other than work and return to work the following day refreshed and ready to go.

Look at tasks differently

If we continue to do the same thing the same way every time due to laziness or comfort, ANYTHING will get boring over time.  Change it up and figure out a new way to get something done.  If you are responsible for daily reporting, perhaps build a template to make the task easier and quicker to complete.  Document steps to complete so the task can one day get transitioned to someone else so you can move on to other things.  Either way – change it up and keep a fresh perspective.

Get enough sleep

If you are trying to work on less than 7 hours of sleep nightly you are only hurting yourself AND your productivity.  There is no way you can expect to give your best with lack of sleep.  Here are some other things to consider in regards to sleep deprivation and productivity taken from thefabricator.com:

A WebMD.com article listed the following short-term consequences associated with sleep deprivation:

  • Sleep deprivation induces significant reductions in performance and alertness. Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as 1.5 hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime alertness by as much as 32 percent.
  • Decreased alertness and excessive daytime sleepiness impair your memory and your cognitive ability—your ability to think and process information.
  • You may experience a poor quality of life. For example, you might be unable to participate in certain activities that require sustained attention, like going to the movies, seeing your child in a school play, or watching a favorite TV show.
  • Excessive sleepiness also contributes to a greater than twofold higher risk of sustaining an occupational injury.

Go to training

If you have been reading this blog for a minute you know I am a BIG advocate to honing and constantly developing your skills.  If you want greater responsibility or MORE you must do MORE to earn MORE.  That means developing your skills so you can get more interesting tasks and assignments to complete.  Make sure you leverage what you learned by putting them to use as soon as you return to the office.

How do you stay motivated at work?


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