Whether you're a responsible employee or absolutely in love with your job, having "off" days is normal because, well, it happens to everyone! We've all faced days at work where we just lack focus and struggle with everything we used to do so well. Honestly, motivation is rather tricky. You can have it for a whole straight week, then it's gone for a month. When discouragement hits, it's not like we can avoid it and pretend we're okay immediately in a snap. Go on, procrastinate. You're disappointed with yourself, that's understandable. But don't think you can stay there for a long time!
When you feel like you lack motivation, don't let yourself stay stuck in that rut. Explore, reflect, and find the things that you know would squeeze your energy back. If you can't think of anything, here are some helpful tips that we think would also spark your motivation back at work!
1. Surround yourself with motivated workmates.
One of the things that companies look for is someone who's friendly and accommodating to everyone, but it doesn't mean that you should not be picky with the people you hangout anymore. Still look at the people you spend most of your time with and observe them because the people you surround yourself with are the people who reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. If they're unmotivated, it's possible for you to gravitate towards their energy unconsciously. That's why aligning yourself with people that you can learn from will serve you best at work.
2. Take it one step at a time.
It's given that your position might require you to be able to multitask, and that's something that we absolutely learned from our college years already. That's why it's not surprising that there are days when you feel unmotivated especially if you try to give your 100% energy towards three to four tasks every single day. It's best to take some days where you would just focus on one task and when you're done, that's when you start with another one. Learn to use your time wisely by being able to finish everything without chopping your brainpower into one fourth.
3. Make things easier for your working self.
If riding the bus to work drains you, then take the train or cab instead. If you're not in the mood to dress up, then wear something comfortable. There are things that you could do to make things easier for yourself that doesn't require you to run away from your responsibilities. And if you still feel that work is hard, find support from your partner, family, and friends. Open up and rant to them because letting your feelings out could make a lot of things easier, too!
4. Take a short break.
From watching YouTube videos to reading a book, take short breaks when you can at work just to revitalize yourself. You could go outside and walk around the street or go to lunch with your friends outside of work. A few minutes of pause wouldn't affect your assigned tasks, so take a deep breath and do something to clear your mind. Also consider doing something to relax before you go to work like taking a bubble bath or meditating which would help you be energized for the day.
5. Celebrate the little wins.
If pay day and weekends are the things that you wait for, then you would really feel unmotivated. Forget about these things for a while since whether you anticipate it or not, it will always come. Transfer your anticipation towards rewarding yourself everyday after work. Recognize the tiny advancements you had and treat yourself with small things like your favorite ice cream or binge-watching your favorite series. Celebrate and appreciate your hard work because this will positively push you from one task to another.
Getting your motivation back might seem hard, but don't think that it's impossible to happen. Feeling lost and confused towards something you used to love is normal since we all get tired sometimes. As long as you focus on the positive aspects of your situation and know that you can try new things to refuel yourself, then you're good to go!
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