A colleague of mine recently asked me how they could find some added motivation at work, saying they had begun feeling tired and worn out. Part of the Better at Work series, this post looks at ways you can stay motivated to achieve your best at work, and set yourself up for your next role.
Remind yourself of the things you enjoy about your role
When you started in your role, chance are there were things about it that were new, exciting, and brought you joy. Essentially, there must have been a reason you picked that role. Even if it was only because the role you really wanted wasn’t available, there are always a few things you can take enjoyment from in your current work.
Whatever these things are, whether it’s the satisfaction of helping a customer, or the joy of problem solving, take time to remind yourself of what your work allows you to do.
Set yourself challenges during the day
If you’ve been in your role for a while, it is easy to fall in the trap of thinking every day is the same and there’s nothing new to challenge you. Depending on your role, you can set yourself mini-challenges to make the day that little bit more interesting.
Usually, setting a goal around speed (i.e. getting a certain number of things done within a certain time frame) is my favourite type of challenge. These can be a little difficult depending on the type of role you’re in, but take the time to think of some, they can help you challenge yourself to do more, and motivate you at work.
Have hobbies and invest your time in them
Do you have a creative project you want to start, or is there something you want to do entirely outside your current role? Consider starting it as a side project, hobby or volunteer in the field.
For example, say you are in a customer service role but want to try your hand at event planning. You could volunteer for a charity or organisation of your choice, and help them with their events.
Sure, you may not be the lead planner on day one, but you will get a much better sense of how well you suit that type of role – and an added bonus, you can put this on your resume for future opportunities when they arise!
Until next time,