No matter how much you like your job, there comes a time that you’ll feel your motivation waning. When this happens, it will compromise your confidence, focus, and productivity.
There are four reasons you may suffer from burnout. These include attribution errors (if you aren’t sure what error you made while performing a task), disruptive emotions, lack of self-potency, and a mismatch of values.
Whatever the case, there are steps you can take to regain your motivation. Some of these steps are discussed below.
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Focus On Adding Value
While at work, don’t always think about yourself. All businesses solve human problems. For this reason, consider yourself as someone adding value to other people’s lives.
There’s someone out there who benefits from the services or the products that your company is dealing with. For example, if you are a nurse or a doctor, think about how your work impacts society, not how much you are earning. When you think about how your work helps others, you’ll feel motivated to do more and help more people. And for the first time, you’ll realize that your job is satisfying.
Take Your Job as an Investment
As you work, you gain more experience. So, consider everything you do as an investment. Even if you are planning to change to a better paying job in the future, your new company will require you to have some experience. You can only gain that experience by doing your best at your current place of work.
You may also want to use your current employer as your referee. That means you must have a good record of your current company. Whatever challenges you are facing now, consider them as a ladder towards a better future. Even if you are planning to start a private business like selling leather MacBook cases, you’ll need the experience from your current company.
Think About How You Were Excited When You Got Hired
Does your lack of motivation make you feel like you want to quit? Bring back the memories of how you were excited when you received a message you’ve been hired. Maybe this was your dream job, and it took you several years in school and in college to achieve what you have now.
Remember those you attended the interview with. Some never got the job you have now, and they envy your position. Some may not even have gotten jobs, while some got lower-paying jobs. Now get back to the problem that makes you feel you want to quit. Is it worth quitting for? Are you first to face such a problem? You’ll realize that things aren’t as bad as you had imagined.
Break Large Tasks To Smaller Chucks
One main reason most employees feel demotivated is they look at how huge the tasks they have been. To overcome such a challenge, break your tasks into smaller chunks, and consider these small chunks as milestones.
Start working on these small tasks, one after the other. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ve achieved.
If you have tried everything else but fails, try to take a break, being away from the workplace for some time will make you feel revitalized. You can ask for leave so you can have some weeks or months off. And while on holiday, never involve yourself in any work-related activity. Just cut yourself off from work completely.
It would be of much help if you go on a vacation with your family and have a good time. This will give you a good time to rest from the office gossips, and even from the toxic people in the company. Surprisingly, after some weeks away from work, you’ll start feeling like you miss your workplace. You’ll feel motivated to go back to work and even apply some new ideas and skills you learned during your vacation.
As you can see, motivation in the workplace is something that starts with you. You need not look upon your employer or your fellow employees to motivate you. Take positive steps today and work on your motivation. If you are not sure of how to go about it, consider working with an expert for better results.