By: Josefina Romano, DPS Marketing Coordinator & Blogger
When you are feeling unmotivated and burnt out at work it feels like you are falling behind and letting all of your teammates down. The good news is that you still have control over the key things that can give your motivation the jump start that it needs. Here are some of the best tips to get you going again:
Have a clear plan
Nothing is more discouraging than ending a full workday and feeling like you got nothing accomplished. If you feel like most of your days are spent on small fruitless tasks, try to make a priority list the day before so that when you come into the office the next day you know exactly what you will be focused on. Prioritize your tasks based on what brings the most revenue to your company and the tasks that are directly correlated with serving the customer. At the end of the day these are the most important aspects of any business, keeping customers happy and bringing in revenue.
Learn how to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You will get a great sense of accomplishment if you do a task that feels out of your element. This is a great way to improve your motivation because it can expand your scope of contribution to the company and therefore make you feel more accomplished.
Surround yourself with a star team
Teamwork is one of the best motivators in the workplace. Try to surround yourself around star co-workers and join teams that will always push you forward and make you see how important your contribution is to the bigger picture. Working on projects with a team or having someone that is counting on you to get their job done increases your accountability and motivation.
Take a break
Sometimes you just need a break. Whether it’s a short walk away from your desk or a 5-minute breath of fresh air outdoors, do it. Taking a break can prevent burning out and mental blocks that stop you from getting a task done. Stepping away for a few minutes to recharge your batteries can also help you avoid stress headaches and improve your concentration.
Form good habits
When you find yourself falling into a slump, identify and acknowledge what bad habits are making you feel this way. It could be that you are getting less sleep, eating an unhealthy breakfast that weighs you down all day or not getting involved enough at work. Once you recognize these bad habits you can start making a conscious effort to change them. Focus on building positive habits, you’d be surprised how small changes can bring big rewards.
Recognize your great work
Always Remember to celebrate your small successes even for the smallest things. Celebrate finally getting to complete that small task that was sitting on your to-do list for weeks or catching up on emails. Find the satisfaction in accomplishing the small tasks that contribute to the bigger picture.