It's Monday morning
You've had a really good weekend
You are struggling to build up the enthusiasm to drag yourself out of bed and go to work.
You'd much rather be on your mountain bike or immersing yourself in the latest box set.
Or in bed for another couple of hours
We've all experienced the "Monday morning blues"
But what if you were experiencing those blues on Tuesday, and then Wednesday.....
Building that enthusiasm each morning before work can be difficult.
The stresses of the job can stamp on your motivation, the lure of out of office activities can sometimes be too great
However, it is important to remember that your job is:
- your source of income and the way you pay your bills and feed your family
- your chance for personal growth and development
- is the stepping stone between where you are now and what you want to accomplish in life.
With those thoughts in mind, it's time to start building enthusiasm and to start to get motivated for work (!)
This 6-step approach could be the difference between uninspired days at the office and the drive to make each work and every single work day as productive as possible:
1. Develop an "Attitude of Gratitude"
Above all else, remember to be grateful for life's opportunities and what your job has got you
Take a moment each morning to consider how you got the job.
Think about what it took to get where you are, and remind yourself that you worked hard for your job.
Also remember that a wasted opportunity can easily become a lost opportunity. You certainly don't want to be job hunting again, do you?
Remember that there are many others, including friends and maybe family, who aren't employed and struggle to get a job
Be thankful that isn't you, that you have employment, and you are getting paid
Pausing for thought like this and counting your blessings should be enough to get motivated for the working day ahead
2. Set Reasonable and Realistic Daily Goals
Sometimes work can seem de-motivating because you have too much on your plate.
It's important to maintain control of that.
Set manageable "To Do" lists each day and that way, you'll feel more inspired to take on the day.
However, avoid making lists that allow you to ride smoothly through each day because sooner or later you are going to have to do some of the "tough stuff" , so make sure your list is a mixture of the two
Include some nice easy tasks that you can tick off almost straight away
Maybe do the nasty stuff first and get it out of they way
Above all,don't get overwhelmed by your list bit treat it as a tool for motivation
3. Create an Inspiring Work Environment.
Have you stopped to consider that your work environment isn't inspiring?
It's certainly a possible reason for your lack of enthusiasm.
So have a think about what would make you enjoy going to work each day?
What helps you get motivated so you can face the pitfalls of the day which lies ahead of you?
My son (the IT person) is actually inspired by the thought of having four screens on his desk
Others might value a plush new office
Or it maybe something more people related such as working in a great team
Consider what you can do to create a more inspiring work environment and put it in place (if you have the power to do so), and ask your manager or supervisor (if you don't!) .
4. Find Your Stress Buster
We all suffer from stress in some shape or form in our day to day lives
So it's important to find your stress buster - something which takes you away from work and, well, helps to relieve your stress
You'll go back to work next day much more invigorated
So find a hobby.
When you participate in hobbies, you achieve a level of inner peace and satisfaction
If it gives you pleasure and satisfaction, you can expect those feelings to last for a long time and you can also use your hobby experiences to build your mindset for work.
So if it's ballroom dancing or reading, going to the latest ball game or the movies, actively pursue your hobby and you will set yourself up better for work
5. Include Personal Development in Your Working Day
It is important to keep developing both professionally and personally so try and work a little personal development into each working day
You don't have to go on a full blown course - just half an hour could do it
As an example pick an "area for development" that came out of your last review or appraisal
Let's say you need to be more assertive
So read a book on assertiveness and try and put some of your learning into practice throughout the working day
It will also be fun to see what does and doesn't work (and potentially how your colleagues react)
6. Get Enough Sleep
Want to get up every day feeling refreshed and ready to make a difference in your business and your life?
The secret is getting a good night's sleep.
Studies have shown that the most effective way to make sure you fall asleep at a certain time every day is to wake up at the same time every day.
Your body will naturally calibrate what time it needs to go to bed, based on what time it woke up over the last few days.
In other words, if you wake up at 7am every day and you need eight hours of sleep, your body will naturally release melatonin, the sleep chemical at around 10:30 to help you go to sleep.
Make sure when you're about to go to sleep that all the lights are out and you're as close to complete darkness as possible.
Turn off any computer screens or lights in the hallway.
This helps your body realize it's night-time.
Be disciplined about getting into a sleep routine. It may take a bit of time to get used to it, but you will wake up feeling fresh and ready for the challenges of the day ahead
Now that you know how to build enthusiasm for work, it's time to implement the strategy.
Remember that your job may not wait indefinitely for you start to feel excited about it again.
Today is the day to make the change.
Expect your mornings before work to change for the better with these strategies.
Good luck with your motivation strategies