Work occupies the considerable part of our everyday lives. Though, it can often be difficult to deliver on our duties for one reason or another. Sometimes it’s laziness, at other times it could be anxiety. Whatever the reason is, your boss at work doesn’t care about your excuses. Therefore, it is necessary to devise effective strategies to motivate yourself, when you aren’t feeling up to a task.
Set small achievable goals
The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, once said that we overestimate what we can achieve in a short run and underestimate what we can accomplish over time. This is why we set overly ambitious goals, that inundate and overwhelm us very quickly. It is far wiser to set small achievable goals in a short run. That is because the human mind is better able to process simpler goals.
Motivate yourself by celebrating your victories
When you achieve a goal that you had set, it is important to take time to reward yourself. Actually, our minds are hard-wired to respond in certain ways to both, pain and pleasure. If all your brain associates with a particular task are pain and hardship, then you will gradually learn to hate it.
However, if you reward yourself with a treat at the end of a task, then you will learn to love your job. Don’t wait for the big win. Instead, reward yourself for achieving simple milestones and take pride in it.
Have some motivational material ready for those lazy days
“Motivation doesn’t last and neither does bathing, which is why we recommend it daily”.
Motivation coach Zig Ziegler
It is absolutely important to remember that power of will is a finite resource. Therefore, you must learn how to motivate yourself, especially on lazy days. Have some motivational books or inspiring quotes. Whatever works for you, just make sure you use it to thrive.
Change your mental outlook on work
King Solomon said “As a man thinketh, so is he”. We all create our reality with the thoughts we harbor in our minds. Some people choose to look at work as a daunting behemoth of a task, that only brings misery into their lives. As a result, work becomes source of depression.
The first and most important step to motivate yourself to work is to change your attitude. Consequently, you will instantaneously begin to see positive results. Work is enjoyable, if you choose to see it as a fulfillment of your life.
Follow Nike’s motto
“Just Do It” has always been Nike’s motto and it is a great philosophy to live by. Often, when you don’t want to perform a task, it’s just due to fear or a lack of flow.
As soon as you actually start doing it, you will immediately start seeing positive results. Moreover, you will finish the task in no time at all. So, the next time when you don’t feel like washing the dishes or performing a task at work, remember Nike’s motto. The rest will follow itself.
Get a relaxing massage
Sometimes, the reason you feel that work is too difficult, is because of stressed out muscles. Muscle tension and pain often occur due to sitting in an office for too long or over-working yourself in manual labor.
So, the easiest way to motivate yourself in this scenario would be getting a deep massage. Importantly, massage must target connective tissue and deep layered muscles. Other benefits of massage include:
- Anxiety relief
- Better metabolism for digestion
- Fewer headaches
- Joint pain relief
Collaborate with someone enthusiastic
Enthusiasm is often contagious. Accordingly, a good way to motivate yourself would be to work with someone, who loves what they do. When you collaborate with others, you automatically try to be your best.
You try to do your best in order to impress them or at least try to keep up with them to save face. So, the next time you have a deadline at work, consider allying with someone, who finds joy in timely work delivery.
Take a leisurely stroll
Sometimes just clearing your head with leisurely walks is all that’s needed to get you back in shape for work. Research has shown a simple bike ride or walk can reduce fatigue by 60% and increase energy by 20%. This will also clear your mind and allow you to be more creative at work.