Life is not just about working hard for success. It’s also about managing your work-life balance and staying in good physical and emotional shape. Most successful people don’t just focus on work and business; they also invest time in themselves to stay fit and in perfect mental state to handle the stress and hard work required for success.
Even if you love your job, some days will make you question your career choice, and some days, you might not even feel like getting out of bed. It’s an unfortunate reality that motivation is rarely an infinite resource, even for the most ambitious and determined among us, but it is something you can gain control over. There’s no magical switch that can suddenly make you motivated after experiencing a state of apathy, but there are some strategies that can help you stay motivated, or rediscover your motivation once it’s lost.
Use these strategies to find or keep your motivation at work:
- Optimize your food habit & nutritional intake. What you eat and how you eat it can have a massive effect on your energy, outlook, and mood. For example, when eating a full breakfast in the morning with complex carbohydrates and proteins, you’ll have more energy throughout the day, and you’ll probably be happier about rolling out of bed in the morning. You could also consider taking nutritional supplements to ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, or lipotropic injections to give you an additional boost.
- Remind yourself why you’re here. There’s a reason you took this job. When you signed up, you were motivated and excited about the opportunity, so remind yourself why that was the case, and see if you can rediscover that initial momentum. Were you eager to move up the ladder into higher positions? See if you can find a new potential promotion for yourself. Were you excited about the money? Look at the lifestyle you’re now able to afford.
- Surround yourself with more positive people. People can make all the difference in your job—they can make an otherwise amazing job miserable, and they can make a strenuous job much easier to tolerate. If you can, try to surround yourself with more positive people who will make your work experience that much easier. You can’t always choose your coworkers, but you can choose which coworkers you engage with, and what types of people you hang out with outside of work. Positivity is contagious, so keep yourself surrounded with it and you’ll naturally feel better on a regular basis.
- Take more breaks. There’s rarely a bad reason to take a break. Even though you may intuitively think of them as gaps in your productivity, the reality is that stepping away even for just a few minutes can help you work more efficiently—and with more satisfaction—than you did before. Take five-minute breaks here and there throughout the day, and take a vacation for yourself at least once or twice a year.
- Prioritize your health. Don’t let your physical health slip, or everything will seem even worse than what it is. Take care of yourself by physically exercising, getting a full night’s sleep every night, and participating in hobbies and activities you enjoy. When you’re in better mental and physical condition, you’ll naturally be better motivated.
- Identify the root causes of your stress. Take a moment to trace back your loss of motivation to a root cause (or causes). Is it the work environment? Is it the people around you? Are you just tired of doing the same thing over and over? If you can identify a handful of motivating factors for your sentiments, you can probably change them.
- Set rewards for yourself. If you’re working toward goals—either big ones like seeking a new promotion or small ones like tackling a project for the day—few things are as motivating as a tangible reward. Set rewards for yourself, such as indulging yourself with a new purchase or a favorite treat, when you reach your goals. Make them appealing enough, and you’ll restore your motivation in no time.
- Know when recovery is impossible. All professional environments are difficult during certain periods, and for the most part, it’s better to muscle through than it is to outright give up. However, there’s a point where it’s no longer worth putting yourself through the additional stress. Learn to recognize when your motivation isn’t going to come back; at that point, your best option is to cut your losses and move on to something where you can feel motivated.
The Ongoing Battle
Even with these strategies in your life regularly, there will be periods of ups and downs with your motivation. This is natural, and it’s something you’ll have to remember. The next time you find yourself feeling demotivated, find solace in the fact that most periods of motivation (or the lack thereof) are temporary, and that with the right attitude and approach, you’ll eventually find your professional energy once again.