Everybody has slow days at work, especially during summer when everything simply seems to go at a snail’s pace. For employees focused on getting through the day’s work, slow days may seem tedious. It also becomes worrisome for those employees who are concerned about the security of their position. Motivation can give you that extra push, but it doesn’t always come by when you really need it. If you are struggling to start or complete a task, follow these 4 ways to stay motivated on slow work days:
Don’t Think About It as Hard Work
Don’t think about your work as hard work, frustrating or difficult. Instead, think about it as a part of something you want to be included as a part of your life or how proud you might be having done that. If the project you are faced with isn’t viewed as drudgery but rather as a puzzle that is helping you along your career path, then perhaps the energy required to do it will be easier to come by. It is all about creating the right mind space to get the work done and thinking about how hard it is will only make it harder.
Break down Your Work into Smaller Chunks
You may dread long hours of work, but if you break down your day into smaller segments, work can be easier to deal with. Start with easier tasks that you can do quickly and build momentum. For example, instead of saying ‘I am going to work all morning’, say ‘I am going to work on this report for one hour and then I am going for the meeting at 11’. While it is important to avoid distractions, too much work can make you less productive. Avoid multitasking and checking your emails and your phone frequently. This will definitely help your efficiency and break the monotony.
Connect to Your Values
This is the ultimate secret. If you can connect the work you do with your values even in small ways, you can change the level at which you operate. Find ways to grow your skills in any situation. Don’t just ‘do a task’ but master the craft. Don’t simply get something done, and instead ask yourself if you’re learning something new from the work you’re doing. Just shifting your ‘why’ can light your fire.
Learn to think positively most of the time. Learn to let go of negative threads of thought before they have a chance to get hold of you. You might not be able to be positive most of the time no matter what happens, but most of us can work on our positive thinking and the result it can lead us to. We procrastinate most when we are feeling negative. Try and eliminate negative and cynical intake from the media and society. Instead, program your mind towards positive news and entertainment and welcome useful information. Be selective and keep it positive.
In order to be successful at work, school or in any aspect of your life, you need to know the best ways to motivate yourself in order to be efficient and open-minded about things. We don’t have all the time in the world. So, focus on today and do the things you really want to do.