How to Stay Motivated While at Work
When 3:00 pm strikes at work, how focused are you? What about 1:00 pm, or 11:00 am, or even 9:00 am?
How do you feel on Monday’s? Or Wednesday’s, when the work week is halfway over? Do you tend to look a little too forward to Friday’s? Well, if you’re anything like me, you probably struggle with the occasional distraction or lack of motivation.
Personally, I hate feeling like I’m always looking forward to the weekend because it makes my workweek drag on. Instead, I try to focus on staying uplifted and motivated while at work so that I can be a great employee and be happy while working.
Here are 8 tricks to staying motivated while on the clock.
Clean Your Workspace
There are actually multiple studies on how a cluttered environment affects productivity. A cluttered workspace clutters the mind and leads to distractions, confusion and a potentially overwhelming work day. To combat this the solution is simple. Clean up! How can you expect to stay motivated if you can’t find the papers on your desk or if there is hardly any space for your work materials?
If you find that you’re feeling unmotivated and you still have a few hours left at work, examine how clean your workspace is. If your desk is a mess, get rid of obsolete files, shred any unnecessary documents, organize your desk drawers, and wipe down any dust/dirt lingering on your phone, keyboard, mouse, and computer.
Now that your workspace is clean it’s time to set some goals. It’s so easy to lose motivation when there is a lot of work to do and not a lot of motivation to get it down. If you have a large project at work and no energy, set small goals to reach your large goal.
Setting small goals makes large projects more attainable and helps you not get overwhelmed. It is also easier to stay motivated when you have smaller projects that will take less time to complete. You’ll find that with small goals, you tend to feel a better sense of accomplishment and hopefully more motivation to continue towards your overall goal.
For someone like myself who works as a secretary, work can pile up. By having a load of work to do, it is easy to get overwhelmed and start daydreaming about being off work or relaxing on the weekend.
What I’ve decided to do is to prioritize my work in order of importance and deadlines to avoid getting overwhelmed. With a list of tasks and small goals to achieve them, it’s easier for me to stay focused and motivated to have a successful day at work.
Prioritizing doesn’t just have to happen in the workplace. I tend to organize my entire month so that I can stay on top of what needs to be done. Read about how I organize my entire month like a boss!
This doesn’t work for everyone, but for some people being able to check off a completed task is an accomplishment. If you’re prioritizing your work in order of importance, writing them down is the best way to track which tasks need to be done next.
Also, we tend to be more motivated when we feel like we are making progress at something. Visualize this progress by making a to-do list and checking off your accomplishments each time you complete a small goal or task. Having a to-do list can also help motivate you to complete more tasks on your list, which will make the workday zoom by.
Take Mini Breaks to Avoid Burnout
Sometimes when I look away from my computer my vision is blurry. That’s when I know I’ve been working for too long without stopping for a break. The best way to take a break is to step away from your desk for a few minutes.
When the workday is busy, it can be easy to forget to take these mini breaks. The easiest way to remember is to take a break after each time you complete a task on your to-do list or after the accomplishment of a small goal.
Mini breaks also help combat stress. We all know that stress can lead to a lack of motivation so take care of yourself by utilizing mini-breaks in order to walk away from the desk and clear your mind.
I pride myself on being an excellent multitasker, but sometimes it overwhelms me. Instead of doing everything at once, I end up doing nothing and my workday is wasted. To avoid getting nothing done, focus on one assignment at a time. This makes setting goals easier and will help check items off of your to-do list faster.
Don’t let your belly or brain get hungry. That will drain your energy and have you constantly thinking about what you will eat for dinner. Instead, get some healthy, energy-boosting snacks. These will help with your mood and focus.
I personally have an entire drawer in my desk that is dedicated to just snacks (most of which are healthy). Also, drink water! Water is an incredible resource for the body that helps it run at its best.
In addition to snacks helping with motivation, they also help manage weight while at work. I know for me having healthy snacks at work was an important factor for when I was trying to lose weight.
Read more here about healthy snacks and managing your weight while at work.
Leave the Office During Lunch
Out of all 8 tips, this one is my favorite. Even if you only leave to another room to eat your lunch, leave your workspace. It’s redundant and gloomy to stare at the same thing for up to 9 hours a day.
Leaving the office gives you a chance to clear your mind for a bit and enjoy a different atmosphere. So, go eat your lunch outside, hang with a co-worker, watch Netflix in your car, whatever you do, leave the office.
Lunch breaks are also a great time to be productive. Here are 6 ways to be productive during your lunch break.
There you have it, 8 ways to stay motivated while at work. Best of luck to you!