No matter what your job or where you work, at some point your motivation will flag. Lack of motivation may be caused by anything from a slower-than-average work week to serious job burnout.
The key is to get to the source of your feelings and take immediate steps to boost your motivation. Following are some suggestions:
1. Expand your skill set
With ongoing learning you will nurture your talents, remain intellectually challenged in your job and improve your compensation in the long term.
2. Seek new challenges
Volunteer to take on a demanding task at work, even it falls outside your job description. If you feel you have reached a plateau, consider pursuing a lateral job move or transferring to another department.
3. Take a break
When was your last real vacation? Make sure to schedule time off to recharge after an especially intense period of peak activity.
4. Make a subtle change
If the job has become routine, look for ways to break up the monotony. For example, you can rearrange your workload so tasks you once handled in the morning are now completed in the afternoon. Overhaul your filing system, and try out new time-management software or look for more efficient ways to work.
5. Get moving
Exercise delivers mental and emotional as well as physical benefits. A brisk daily walk during your lunch hour will boost your energy level and allow you to organize your thoughts more clearly.
6. Strive for your personal best
Try to excel at whatever you’re doing. Being confident in your abilities will increase your motivation as well as raise your employer’s and coworkers’ confidence in your abilities.
7. Seek feedback
Avoid being overly critical of your performance. If you’ve made your best effort, take pride in it. Likewise, if there are ways you feel you could improve, seek constructive criticism from supervisors. Then take steps to improve your performance.
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