As I struggle to stay motivated this holiday season, I stumbled upon just the article I needed to read: 14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivated from Geoffrey James. Now, I’m not sure that the strategies he suggests will get me insanely motivated, but some of them served as reminders of what I should be doing to get my work done.
Here are three gems that I pulled out of his suggestions. Hopefully they provide you with a much-needed boost in this time that challenges our ability to stay motivated at work.
1. Train yourself to think positively.
If you ever find yourself thinking negative thoughts, stop for a second. Recognize that you have a choice to make—you can continue thinking negatively or you can change your attitude and think positive thoughts.
Even if you’re not happy about your work or you’d rather be doing something else, I think we can all agree that thinking negatively doesn’t increase productivity. The quicker you change your tune, the quicker you can be doing whatever it is you want to do.
2. Eat. Hydrate. Sleep.
It’s difficult to stay motivated when you’re hungry or tired. You have to have the mental and physical energy to continue working.
To remedy these problems, take quick walks around the office to get the blood flowing. Don’t forget to eat at normal times and if you’re even slightly hungry, grab a quick snack to refuel.
3. Don’t procrastinate.
If you don’t feel like doing it now, what makes you think you’ll feel like doing it later? Get it done now. Procrastinating doesn’t help you do anything but delay the inevitable.
Like No. 1, this is a choice. Decide that you’re going to hunker down now so you can play later. As mentioned above, the sooner you can get your work done, the sooner you can play.
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