Getting the motivation to show up at work every day is a common problem. It doesn’t matter if you love or hate your job. Even as someone who loves their job, there are mornings where you’re struggling hard to get out of bed.
Below, are 4 ways you can motivate yourself to have a productive day at work.
There is an interesting story about Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Gates’s father at a dinner party. A guest asked them what the most important quality for success was today and all three responded “Focus” at the same exact time. They all smiled and laughed to each other because they hadn’t really prepared the answer. We are all overwhelmed with texts and emails. These are no longer just work interruptions. Because of our phones, the flood of information distracts us wherever we happen to be, 24/7. So turn off your phone, stop stalking people’s pages and get to work.
Treat yourself to your favorite coffee or tea on your way to work. Make lunch plans. Schedule something nice after work, like a workout, a get-together with friends, or a night at home with a good movie. Remind yourself these things are better than the guilt of calling in sick, the awkward excuses that need to be made and the overwhelm of twice as much work the next day.
Do what you love.
Find what it is you love to do and get proficient at it. Success dwells at the height of passion and excellence. But be careful, make sure that you can make a living from your passion. Being passionate about a lot of things doesn’t guaranty that you can make a living at.
Practice a few minutes of deep breathing or guided meditation to revitalize yourself. Take breaks when you can at work. Get out of the office and walk around the block to clear the cobwebs from your mind. Get proper rest, nutrition and exercise. Consider a massage or similar if within your budget. If not, choose self-care that is free, such as reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or practicing yoga.
Just make sure to refuel yourself so that tomorrow is a better day!