Oh, the daily grinds can get to you sometimes.
The endless deadlines, meetings, emails can be a bit much especially as you pile on the years on a job.
Keeping motivation at work is your responsibility. It is not your boss’ job to find motivation for you.
Yes, your boss’ influence will help. Building a relationship with your Boss can even benefit you in so many ways.
But it is not your Boss’ job to motivate you. Nope.
You, as an individual who has ownership of your life is responsible for your own motivation.
Therefore, it is important to work on your motivation EVERYDAY. Truly understand what powers you because it will be critical on days that you don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning.
Apart from understanding the “why” behind your career, part of being a highly successful leader is establishing habits that bring you discipline in your daily grind.
Here are a few career tips that I have observed in my team and with my co-workers that I found kept their motivation even on times that work was getting tough.
1. Organize your daily tasks the day before
Having a long list of deliverable can get overwhelming especially with meetings in between and other tasks. Get ahead with your deliverable and prepare accordingly so that your motivation does not deplete over time.
The earlier you can prepare for a project, meeting etc, the better. Remember that it’s NOT a race. Strive to be effective.
Organizing your daily task ahead of time aligns your priority and will help you get through your tasks timely without having to feel overwhelmed and demotivated.
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2. Create a Schedule and Stick to it
Use the time blocking method in organizing your schedule on a daily basis so you don’t feel overwhelmed and lose motivation.
A best practice is blocking time per task to make it easier to follow a routine and get through a busy day. Block your calendar to complete the task so that your boss or teammates can’t schedule a meeting during your busy time.
Equally important is starting and ending your day with a 30-minute block. This is a great way to ease in at the start of your day and then slow down at the end.
Time blocking will not only help you with your productivity but it will also make you feel motivated for the day.
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3. Build relationships at work
In the workplace, it is important that you build relationships. This is a key if you are new to a job or new to the company. Build quality relationships.
If you have been with the company for a while, it’s not too late to build one today. Making an effort to get to know your co-workers and genuinely build a relationship is crucial in surviving the workplace.
Since you will spend more than 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with people in the office, might as well make it enjoyable. If you don't bridge, your co-workers will not be as open in bridging to you.
Building relationships with your co-workers will help you keep your motivation up as you learn more about their backgrounds and what you can learn from them.
You can never do ANYTHING on your own in your career. It’s best that you build meaningful connections. Make the effort and as you build a foundation of trust with your co-workers, going to work will not be a drag.
Some of my best friends to this day were once my colleagues. Our friendship stood the test of time and change. Who knows, you might just meet your next best friend in the office.
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4. Work on a project
One of the motivation boosters I’ve seen that has worked incredibly well is being involved on a project. The learning that you will get from managing a project or even being a team member of a project is massive that it will help fuel your motivation at work.
The dull days where you wait for the day to end will be too far in between with the catch ups and work to be completed behind the scenes.
Working on a project is not a bad thing, if anything, it’s where you get to flex your knowledge and experience while partnering with your co-workers. It’s a great way to build relationship with the team and get team engagement up.
5. Join a Committee at Work
Getting involved and becoming part of a committee can do wonders on your self motivation and for the team’s engagement as well. Being in a committee means that you get to dedicate time and effort. This is a commitment.
Nonetheless, the time and effort you put in will make a difference with your motivation as you build relationships with your teammates and with key leaders that will be involved in the committee.
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6. Learn a New Skill
Learning a new skill has loads of benefits. Not only does it improve your mental health, it also helps in keeping you on your toes.
As you begin learning a new skill, your motivation instantly improves. You’ll be excited to go on and it will give you a little more appreciation with the work that you do on a regular basis.
This new skill can be a hobby, learning a new recipe, learning OneNote instead of using a pen and notebook in taking down notes, learning MS Excel and complicated formulas or new functionality of SharePoint and other tools that you use at work.
Whatever your interest may be, begin learning something new and it will help you on your motivation at work in the long run.
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7. Build a Good Relationship With Your Boss
Having a great relationship with your boss can definitely improve your motivation at work. Your boss is key in your engagement as an employee and if you don’t have this relationship, going to work will be harder than it has to be.
While your manager should initiate and create a bridge towards you, you also have the responsibility to build the relationship.
It is not a one-way street.
You are equally responsible in meeting your manager’s efforts half-way to make the relationship work.
Remember the quote, “Employees leave bosses, not companies”?
So, before you walk out of your boss, make the effort to do your part in building a relationship first.
Not only will it make going to work so much better, but it will also bring your engagement up. This will help you in your motivation at work.
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8. Unplug every now and then
Take those PTO's and book yourself a nice vacation to unwind and truly recharge.
I encourage my team to take a break and use the PTO's (albeit schedule them accordingly). I’ve been witness to the benefits of taking time off to improve mental health and well-being.
Some companies have PTO encashment benefits for unused PTO's and while this is a good benefit to have, there is still nothing like using PTO credits for yourself.
Keeping your motivation at work begins with you.
It starts with your commitment to be motivated at work and making actions to sustain this motivation. You get to appreciate your job more if you are motivated to go to work. While your boss plays a role in your job satisfaction, your manager does not own it all.
You have the full ownership to find your motivation and continue to act on it so it can power you through the worst days as well as the glory days of your job.
Be disciplined in your efforts and you will reap the benefits in the long run.
About Daisy Casio
Daisy is the creator of ChampLeaders. She has a husband, a toddler, a passion for coffee, travel and love for learning something new everyday. She writes about leadership, motivation, career tips and many more. Daisy hopes to share her mantra on being positive and living your best self now.