4 Tips To Help You Rediscover Your Motivation

Posted: April 28th, 2014 | Author: Dan Zimanski

Let’s face it – it’s hard to stay motivated all the time.

You work hard and you’re committed to your job, highly invested in succeeding, and usually in top form. Lately, though, you’ve been feeling a bit uninspired, and you’re wondering how to get yourself back on track. You can do it by changing the way you’ve been working.

Here are 4 tips to help you rediscover your motivation:

1. Avoid the Mundane When You Can

There’s a very good chance that if you’re feeling unmotivated, you’re spending far too much time on tasks that are boring, repetitive, or just generally not designed to foster creativity. Are you constantly responding to emails, answering the phone, or dealing with routine inquiries from customers or co-workers?

Perhaps you need an assistant, or you need to delegate some of the tasks you’re spending so much time on to a subordinate. If that’s not possible, then you’ll have to prioritize.

Deal only with urgent phone calls, texts or emails. For less important communications, set aside a block of time at the end of the day – you’re bound to be less productive after a full day’s work, so handle tasks that don’t require much creativity during that part of the day when you’re not really at the top of your game.

If you spend the more productive hours of the day on tasks that really require your unique abilities, you’ll be using your time more effectively, and you’ll feel more motivated.

Set time aside during the day just to think. Relax with a cup of coffee, and use the time to toss ideas around in your head. It’s very possible that you’re feeling uninspired because you’re not allowing yourself to come up with the innovative strategies you used to be so good at.

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2. Push it Forward

Now that you’re getting back on track, keep it up.

Don’t put off working on your great ideas. You’ve broken the cycle of boredom that you were in due to too much focus on the ordinary, so keep going.

Talk with others, brainstorm, and motivate others while you motivate yourself.

Have regular meetings with stakeholders and co-workers, and collect their ideas.

If something isn’t working, scrap it and move on. Focus on what’s actually creating results. Don’t look backward; you’re not going in that direction.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Much of the time, what might seem like lack of motivation is nothing more than a fear of failure. If you find that you’re spending a lot of time at your desk, arranging your file folders or dusting off your family photos, the problem may not be a lack of motivation.

Often, people resort to mindless work as a means of procrastination. If you’re afraid that your idea isn’t going to work, you may be putting off implementing it.

Here’s the thing – an idea that isn’t hauled out and acted upon is inevitably going to fail. You didn’t get this far by sitting around doing nothing, so whatever’s holding you back, let go of it and get the ball rolling again. If your great plan doesn’t work out exactly the way you intended, salvage what you can and then re-work it.

No one is ever immune to failure all the time, so if things don’t work out, just consider that part of the learning experience. Don’t let it destroy your chance of success over the long-term.

4. Embrace Challenges

In any job, any project, virtually any aspect of life, there are going to be challenges. The key is to view them not as roadblocks, but as an opportunity to flex your brain power.

If you’re stuck in a rut, find new challenges that will excite you and get you moving. You’ll be back on track and self-motivated again, to your benefit and that of your co-workers.