Sometimes, it feels like there isn’t enough time to do all the work you do – go for a run, call a friend you haven’t spoken to in six months, to a new job Apply, finish the report you owe. Send a card to the boss, or your cousin who just got it. The list is endless, and it seems that it will only accumulate. As soon as you cross an item from your to-do list, you have added two more.
You are burnt out at work and you are lagging behind in your personal life. The situation is unhappy. But how can you stay motivated to continue a good work?
You can try to lose yourself thirty times, but you can still feel indifferent. It’s easy to let yourself fall into the trap and start mailing it. You work in the dot at nine o’clock and leave no later than five.
But you are a motivated person. It is not like you. What can you do to bend it? How do you stay motivated when you get down like this?
You think to yourself, “I need to do something drastic.” Most of the time though, this is the exact opposite approach you should take. It is these small, incremental changes and habits that will get you back on track. Sit and write Take a walk and think about your affairs. Start small first.
So, what can you do to avoid this feeling? I can make myself feel constantly that I am doing the best that I possibly can. There are some simple steps to get you through the root and focus on your priorities.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Here are 12 things that will always inspire you to do good work.
1. Preparation is the key
Before you go to bed, write your plan for the next day. That way, when you wake up in the morning, you are not immediately running through a thousand different scenarios in your head, worrying about all the things you have to do. You know that when you arrive at your desk, a gameplan is fully mapped, just waiting to be attacked.
Doing this on the night before not only lowers your stress levels, but it creates an organized path to productivity for the first important hours of the day that will give you the momentum to go through the rest of the tasks at your desk.
2. Make a list of all the things you do this year
Developing a gameplan for the day is great and will keep you moving and motivated, but chances are you have a lot of long-term intentions that may subconsciously reduce your weight. In the next six to twelve months, start writing down whatever you want to accomplish. All of them! Do not stop writing until you are empty.
Once you have that list – may be 10 or 30 items – circle the three most important objectives. This is something Tony Robbins started this practice in his bestseller, Awaken the inner giant. Narrow your priorities. Focus only on the most important tasks and nothing else.
3. Find a trigger
Develop a personal prompt to kickstart each day. Every now and then, you consume something that gives you a huge spark of inspiration. It is important to know what motivates you to do a good job. It could be a good book, an inspirational sports film, or a great TED talk you just watched. Many authors listen to the same playlist over and over again.
Lynn Manuel Miranda, famous for his role in the Broad musical Hamilton, produced a playwright when he faces writer’s block with songs by Fiona Apple and ‘Veer Al’ Yankovic. This is his trigger to curtail and dirty his creativity. As soon as he hears that song, he knows that it is time to turn up and work.
4. Focus on discipline and routine
in the book Nuclear habits, Writer James Clear says how comedian Jerry Seinfeld writes jokes on a yellow legal pad every two days. At the end of his writing session, he marks that day on the calendar with a big X to continue his daily streak. Not breaking that line motivates him.
In a podcast interview with Tim Ferris, director and writer Brian Kopelman cited the memoirs of Haruki Murakami What do i think when i think of running As one of his favorite books on discipline, and I agree. This is not a book about walking, as the title might suggest. It is about discipline and sticking to a regular process – a method that is boring, but has the greatest consequences.
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and there will be nothing worse than what you will do the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain
5. Eat Frog
Mark Twain suggests starting his day with his most difficult task. He calls it “Eating the Frog”.
If you are completing that one emerging task, why not complete it as soon as possible? As soon as you are finished, the weight is effectively taken away from your shoulders and you can rest, relax and get relief throughout the day. It’s hard – like swallowing a big frog (not that I know from personal experience) – but once it’s over, you might just have to pounce once or twice!
6. Use the Pomodoro Method
There is something I have always followed, called the pomodoro method, which is just a fancy word to take the approach of HIIT exercise in other areas of life (it is named after the pomodoro kitchen timer tomato).
For 25 minutes; Closed for 5 minutes. This is something I have done since elementary school. The way I did homework or read through high school and college – increasingly focused on twenty or so minutes of work.
The deadline is arbitrary. I sometimes take thirty minutes of work and ten minutes of rest, or twenty minutes of rest after an hour of work. Play with it and see what works. You shouldn’t be staring at a screen for long anyway. Step aside, take a breath, and look towards the horizon. This is just the mental reset you need to motivate for the next work session.
7. Understand Yourself
Reward yourself when you complete an important task. If you go through a difficult assignment after an hour of hard work, go for a walk. Treat yourself to an iced coffee or a handful of delicious blueberries. Every now and then, you need to take a breath and enjoy the fact that you have accomplished something difficult. Sit back and reflect on it over a good book, a delicious breakfast, or a bottle of wine. you’ve earned it!
8. Know that the work you do enhances your reputation
Whenever I think of slapping, I feel that my reputation is being hurt. I secretly say to my teammates, “He doesn’t work hard.” But when I work hard and put in that extra effort, I know that it is unrecognizable. Even if it does, I have personal satisfaction that I did the best I could.
Do the right thing, no matter what you are watching, because it is the right thing to do. Sometimes you can remain unknown for months, but ultimately, that hard work is recognized. What happens comes around, and you know that no one will ever be able to say that you didn’t earn it. This is important.
9. Act Like Your Role Model Is Watching You
Whenever I sit down to write, I imagine all my favorite writers watching me from afar. What do they want me to do? Should I have my phone? Probably right there. Remove distractions You know in your heart what you should do, and if you act as if your idol is watching you, then that imaginary Archanagel will keep you upright.
10. Learn new things
Unless you are an expert who has been in your field for decades, chances are there is something else you can learn. Pick up a book on a new topic, ask a colleague in a different department to show you what they do, or take an online course. Learning something new is difficult, but it is a personal investment in itself that never degrades. It will also help you find out what motivates you to do a good job.
As Miyamoto Musashi says, “If you know the way roughly, you will see it in everything.”
11. Help others
Coaching or mentoring is a great way to stay motivated and excited about what you do. Nothing makes you feel like you are teaching it to someone else!
12. Schedule a stay
This may sound crazy but sometimes, you just need to set a quiet time for yourself. “Never mind, I’m turning off my laptop at 6 pm.” This will help you keep your priorities straight and make sure that you are completing whatever you need to do in the hours of work you have set for yourself. It also sets boundaries with your colleagues who inform them when to expect things from you.
As you can see, there are a ton of easy-to-implement approaches to stay motivated! Whether it’s managing your time, creating a “work” playlist, or just making a list – doing a good job is as easy as making it for yourself.
Remember, you do not need to do anything drastic or change throughout your life. Start with simple steps that will make your day just a little more enjoyable. Before you know it, you will be hearing praise from those who care.
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