How To Stay Motivated – Keeping The Momentum
Want to listen instead? Click here
Sometimes we all lack motivation at work, start daydreaming, lack productivity, would much rather be doing anything else (the list goes on..). Here’s some top tips on how to keep motivated.
Personal and Professional Development Plan
If you have a plan like this – Great! If not, you need one!
A personal and professional development plan shows your goals along with a description of the goal, how successful it needs to be and your timescales/milestones. Creating one for yourself can be hard, you’ll need to think of everything you want to achieve, but don’t make it easy for yourself! Push yourself and make a plan that is realistic but still sets your goals at a high level.
Sounds like hard work, but getting up early before work to exercise gives you more energy for the day! Yes we know, the first part is the hardest – getting out of your comfy bed. But once you’re up and out, either in the gym, out in the fresh air for a run or simply doing a work out in your own home you’ll feel great! – and you’ll feel even better once you’ve done the work out! You can then start your day feeling much more refreshed than if you’d had that extra hour in bed.
This may be the most obvious one and also completely contradicting my last point, but you still need a lot of sleep. I know it seems obvious, but do you always get to bed on time and always get a good night’s sleep? – No. If you are lacking motivation at work and feeling run down, think about going to bed earlier. Take your mind off all those things circling around your head, grab a book, grab a cup of tea, and get some rest. The next day will feel so much better – you’ll feel you’ve had a break and be ready to crack back on with the work!
What are you looking forward to?
Planning things ahead can be a really good thing when lacking motivation. What holidays, weekends and days out do you have planned? Take a 5 minute break to have a little search on the internet about the places you’re going; find some pictures and imagine yourself there – but don’t get too distracted though, just a few minutes…
Make sure you have a balance between work life and personal life. We all know that this can be hard when you run your own business as it becomes a huge part of your life and everyday living. However, if it takes over your personal life as well then it will be hard to get the balance between the two. Make time for personal life and switch off from your business life. Think about what you’re looking forward to after work, any plans, hobbies, friends/family you would like to see? – And make time for it!
Sense of Achievement
Aiming to end every day with finished tasks or accomplishments is a great way to stay motivated. A sense of achievement can become addictive, when you finish tasks it often makes you want to finish more – which is great as you’ll get lots done!
When you’ve had this sense of achievement either at the end of the week or even at the end of the day; reward yourself. Go have that big glass of wine you’ve wanted all day or go buy that handbag you’ve been wanting for months. You’ll feel so much better rewarding yourself when you know you have done something to achieve it. – You deserve it!
We’ve found, even if you try just two of these you’ll start to feel much more motivated – so what are you waiting for?