Without a doubt, 2020 was a memorable year for several reasons. We sighed in relief that year was over. But staying motivated in 2021 can still be difficult, especially at work.
However, it is also true that having and maintaining a positive attitude is essential now more than ever. It can help you grow professionally and overcome obstacles along the way. Here are four things you can do to get and keep the motivation you need.
1. Break Down Big Projects into Small Tasks
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with a big project and lose motivation. A great way to tackle this is to break down the main goal into bite-sized tasks. This way, you can manage your performance expectations. Every completed task will be a small win along the way that will keep you motivated to move on to the next.
2. Don’t Neglect Your Breaks and Clock-out times
Did you know that Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers? Skipping lunch, neglecting breaks, and not clocking out at regular hours have become very common among workers. These habits can get harmful fast because they put you in an “always-on” type of mindset that can hinder your ability to regroup and recharge, leading to burnout. Take that break, enjoy your lunch. Your body will thank you, and your mood will improve.
3. Acknowledge Your Wins and Remember What You’ve Overcome
We are our own worst critics, and it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come when we’re feeling unmotivated. Try to remind yourself of all the obstacles you’ve surpassed and how you felt when you came out the other end. Then, harness that feeling to firm yourself into believing you can do it again.
4. Ask Yourself if You’re in a Fostering Environment
Are you in a stimulating work environment that fosters your growth? Having a clear path towards bettering yourself is one of the most sustainable ways to stay motivated. A laid-out career plan, encouragement to apply your skills in innovative ways, and recognition for your work are very important aspects of a fulfilling job that keeps you motivated to do better every day. Be honest with yourself and determine if that’s the case. If not, consider that it may be time for a change.
Staying motivated at work starts with bettering yourself, but it’s also is a two-way street between employee and employer. At Confie, we are committed to our employees and their success because their growth is essential to ours. If you feel it’s time for a change, check out our career center or contact us today.