Amidst bigger dreams and even bigger goals, ever-changing technology, and a year full of not-so-great news, it can sometimes feel like we aren’t living up to our own expectations when it comes to working. When times get tough, we might feel like our motivation has taken a battering. However, there are ways to pick yourself up and work your way out of this motivational slump. In this article, we bring you 5 ways you can stay motivated through hard times:
1. Have a plan
Like a famous saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” When you put a plan in place, you allow yourself to think the entire process through. This sparks ideas, identifies problems, and motivates you to accomplish it. Without a plan in mind, you have nothing to look forward to and might end up feeling stuck or procrastinating.
To motivate yourself each day, write out three main tasks the night before. Start with those three tasks the next day, and you’ll notice how easy it is to get work done with a bit of planning.
2. Visualise positive outcomes
Professionals, performers, and athletes use this technique to achieve their desired outcomes. By visualising their business deals, performances, and successes, they can greatly increase their chances of actually experiencing success. This technique doesn’t have to be for the big stuff; you can use it in practically any scenario of your daily life. From the words you speak to the appreciation you receive – visualise the details.
You can also say it out loud to yourself each morning. Positive affirmations may sound silly, but are great tools to mould your mind for success.
3. Take a break
We all need a break sometimes. Yes, even if we love what we do. A change of scenery can work wonders to keep you away from burnout. If possible, take a couple of days off to relax and unwind. If you cannot take days off, make weekends work for you by doing the things you love and spending time with people you love.
While you’re taking your much-deserved break, try to stay away from social media and the news. Don’t worry about the lack of information – if it’s really that important, people will tell you (trust us, it works!)
4. Break down tasks
Big tasks can be intimidating. Try and break that one big task into smaller chunks. Achieving these smaller goals can give you the satisfaction of regularly realising them. Just like how you check things off a checklist!
We wrote a whole article about how checklists are wonderful motivators. They are motivators because checking something off makes our brain release dopamine (also known as the “Happy Hormone”). Keep accomplishing these small goals, and before you know it, you’re halfway to achieving the big one.
5. Consume positive content
In an era where everything is digital, we become what we consume online. Fill your mind with positivity – read books, listen to podcasts, and take time to do the things that you love. Fuelling your mind with uplifting information can change your outlook on life.
We have a Spotify playlist that is perfect if you want to listen to uplifting music and focus on your tasks. Find the link to our work from home playlist here.
Finally, remember to take control over what you can and let go of the things you can’t. You may not be able to control every circumstance you find yourself in, but you can always control your reaction to it.
If you’re finding yourself stressed and low on motivation, here are a few tips that can help alleviate these feelings of stress.