How to stay motivated at work
Here are some ways that you can stay motivated at work.
- Stay positive
- Love your job – find the positive, think of what make you love it at first
- Challenge yourself
- Be clear about your goals
- Reward yourself
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance
- Know yourself – look deep within.
George Erdman created what he calls his ‘motivation pie”. It’s broken down into four sections but the sections don’t have to be equal. You can adjust ‘your’ pie to fit your requirements. The four categories are as follows:
- Recognition: People who are motivated by recognition are interested in respect, admiration, regard, self-esteem, notoriety and celebrity.
- Influence: Those whose primary motivation is influence find power, control, competition, independence and order to be most important.
- Internal: If you are motivated by internal factors, then morals, duty, intellect, creativity, philanthropy and honour are important to you.
- Profit: Profit motivated people strive for success with money, possessions, acquisitions, wealth, income and growth.
Which of these factors are most motivating to you? Can you put a percentage next to each motivator (totalling 100%)?
Once you’ve sorted out ‘your’ pie, you might want to make a list of your achievements and the responsibilities and tasks you most enjoy doing.
If you want something more than just earning a pay cheque, you need to connect what you do to something of higher importance to you. It’s not what you do that counts. It’s what you think about what you do that matters.