In today’s competitive, social media-driven environment, it’s easy to get frustrated or complacent. But if you stay focused on your purpose for living and working, you’ll stay motivated to be busy and active at home and successful at work. To be self-motivated, stay positive and remember why you’re working. How does each task you complete relate to your own life and to others? How are you making a difference and contributing to something important? If you want to accomplish more, you need to think of the big picture.
Use these tips
Tip #1: Stay positive
When you’re positive and confident, you will make constructive, beneficial decisions that start to progress you to your goals. You can control how you think and feel and act with self-affirming statements. Choose to be successful and visualize yourself succeeding! A mental picture of yourself completing a job or trying something new can be very inspiring and make all the hard work seem worth it.
Tip #2: Create new challenges
If you’re bored with your existing tasks, ask your boss for some new responsibilities. Try to make it fun for yourself. Approach old tasks in a new way. This little change might give you a new perspective and new energy. At home, try cooking a new dish. Or a new workout class! Something new that fits into the bigger picture of your life goals can trigger your inspiration and streamline your focus.
Tip #3: Set attainable goals
Break large projects into smaller chunks or single tasks, so you recognize when you’re making progress. Make a to-do list of manageable jobs and feel successful each time you cross an item off your list. Set mini-deadlines for yourself. For example, in the next half hour, I want to finish this chore! Or compose and send these emails!
Tip #4: Find a social support network
Find mentors, colleagues, and supportive friends who will listen and share ideas. You want people who will help you develop new skills, give you guidance, and encourage you to try new activities or challenges. Meet or touch base with these people frequently, especially when you feel you need a boost of energy!
Tip #5: Acknowledge your accomplishments
When you complete an assignment, meet one of your mini-deadlines, or accomplish a personal goal, celebrate! Reward yourself with a break or a walk, grab a snack or another cup of coffee—you earned it. Treating yourself and keeping life fun will help you stay motivated!