There’s not a single person around that doesn’t go through slumps at work. It’s a naturally occurring event for the average worker that may result from stress, exhaustion, or other factors. However, that doesn’t mean we just step back and accept these episodes of lower productivity and overall happiness. These are the times when we need to step up even more to motivate ourselves.
What exactly can we do though? If you’re thinking this, that’s normal and is a great concern to have. After all, blindly applying effort to break free of a dry spell might instead make the problem worse. Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of 5 ways that you can effectively motivate yourself.
This of course is a very obvious first step that probably needs little to no introduction. However, it cannot be understated that rest is such an underestimated, yet crucial part of our lives. If you’re confident that you know how important rest is, then you should also ask yourself this question: “When was the last time I took a break?” For many of us, the honest answer would probably be less than satisfactory.
Rest allows us to get rid of exhaustion and put our minds at ease. It’s the quickest escape from stress if done right. Its extreme effectiveness is further discussed here. By taking a deep breath, we can find the time to recalibrate ourselves and dig back at goals that have been motivating us daily.
Speaking of goals…
Set Realistic Goals
While it’s tempting to immediately shoot for the moon, starting small should never be frowned upon. Putting in place smaller, realistically achievable goals that eventually build up to bigger achievements gives us opportunities to gain small wins that keep us moving forward. It removes the possibility of us being impatient, or not seeing the progress in the little steps we take. Smaller milestones are milestones nonetheless and are definitely worth celebrating. It is an easy way to keep ourselves grounded, on the path, and rewarded for the effort we bring with us to the things we do.
Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Goals
There’s a saying that nothing truly stays the same in life. This can be true for your goals. As you grow professionally, and on an individual level, you may find yourself wanting something new. Having the knowledge that it’s okay to change gears and paths is key for these instances. A new beginning doesn’t mean that you’ve wasted your previous efforts and time, it just means that you’ll get to apply what you’ve learned to a new adventure. Don’t be afraid to dive into a new world. Instead, find relief and motivation in the fact that this means that countless new opportunities are ripe for the taking.
Aside from having goals, it’s also best if we…
Stay Within Communities
It’s extremely tempting to try and live our lives patting ourselves on the back. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating on your own. It’s actually something that could and should be encouraged now and then. However, having people support you and cheer you on is just as important, if not more. Building or joining a community means that you can have layers of support that can give you a helping hand when things go tough. Aside from directly helping at a work level, new relationships can provide you with people to talk to about issues you’re going through. This can result in receiving sound advice, or at the very least, provide an outlet for unmotivating frustrations.
However, when in a community we must…
Face Criticism Positively
One of the top reasons for reaching a point of demotivation is receiving different types of criticism. It can lead to a sense of rejection, failure, or a feeling of incompetence. While these are all valid emotions, we must remember that what people have to say doesn’t need to be faced solely by these feelings. Critics provide new insights on how to grow, and therefore present you with new opportunities and objectives to eventually clear and celebrate. Finding joy in learning there’s still room for improvement is one of the best ways to motivate yourself in any setting.
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