The drudgery of rigorous work often gets us overwhelmed, making us want to give up. This often hampers our productivity at work, and prevents us being from motivated.

The magical fuel to our desire to complete a task is motivation. It is the antidote to monotony and gives us the innate drive to pursue a goal and follow through with it. When motivation is running low, we often find days at work carrying on at a slower rate. We become less inclined to put our best foot forward, and more inclined to procrastinate. The way we perceive our goals, and the processes towards achieving them depend largely on how motivated we are to achieve them.

Thus, it is clear that motivation is definitely important at the workplace, because it is the nucleus of productivity. Environments conducive to motivation are collaborative and creative. They often involve an intermingling of ideas and exchanges of inspirational thoughts. This allows concepts to meld together and keep motivation abundant. There are several ways to maintain motivation at a steady level at work. Here’s a few:

1.Survey your Lack of Drive

When you find yourself feeling less driven to excel at work, understand why it may be happening. Ask yourself what may be leading to the dullness in your mind that arises when you think of work. Is it the lack of free time? Is it hostile co-workers? Is it the atmosphere of the space you work in that bothers you? Or is it a personal issue that is hindering your motivation?

2.Review your Progress

Always make sure you ask people for their opinion about your work. When you work within a team, cooperation and a clear gauge of where one stands is always important. This allows us to review our personal progress and keep moving forward to get better and better. Asking a superior or a peer to review your work or progress over time is a good way to incorporate fresh and diverse perspectives into your work.

 

To assess your progress, having a regular written record often helps. Image Courtesy: Swy Teofilo on Flickr

To assess your progress, having a regular written record often helps.
Image Courtesy: Swy Teofilo on Flickr

3. Know your Purpose

Whenever you go ahead and perform some task at work, know why you’re doing it. Develop a rationale that will help you understand what your contribution to the workplace, and to society, is. Keep asking yourself why your work gives you satisfaction. A good example would be a psychologist. A educational counsellor would keep motivated through the reinforcement that education is being made fairer through his or her services. Understanding the purpose one’s role serves helps develop motivation effectively.

 

Know what role you serve. Integrate yourself into the context. Image Courtesy: Seth Sawyers on Flickr

Know what role you serve. Integrate yourself into the context.
Image Courtesy: Seth Sawyers on Flickr

4. Keep Learning New Things

When we’re good at one particular thing, we often get flustered doing it all day at work. Try and learn a new skill at work, or outside of work, to add more variety to your day. Someone in branding, for example, can try their hand at learning graphics, in order to diversify their skills. Forming new hobbies can also compensate for the monotony of work. Achieving flow with leisure activities like biking allows us to think creatively when we’re back to the grind.

 

Don’t get complacent! Work on new areas in which you can hone your abilities! This will keep your mind rejuvenated. Image Courtesy: R Z on Flickr

Don’t get complacent! Work on new areas in which you can hone your abilities!
This will keep your mind rejuvenated.
Image Courtesy: R Z on Flickr

Whenever we’re motivated to do something, there’s a higher likelihood that we will be able to produce the desired outcomes. When we keep the fountain of ideas fresh, and the drive to prevail alive, we become more inclined to approach our duties head-on. Once motivation is mastered, the route to a work-life balance and a healthy lifestyle is a smooth ride.