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How To Get Motivated At Work

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How to get motivated at work

Many people work in a job they dislike or just find it difficult to stay focused at work.  The days seem long and they can’t wait to get home and go out or see their family.

How easy do you find it to be motivated and stay motivated at work? 

How would you like to make changes today to enjoy your work more? 

Read on for my top tips.

Plan your day

It can be hard to be motivated when you see the clock going around slowly and it feels an eternity until 5pm.  So plan activities into your day, such as the tasks you need to achieve, and also make time to stretch your legs, or make a drink.  Then you will be amazed how fast time will pass and what you will achieve.

Remain positive

Office politics or negative colleagues can often reduce morale and make people feel demoralised and demotivated.  So what can you do to remain positive – remember the good things, the thank-yous, the positive comments and thoughtful appreciation.  Then share your positivity with others.

Manage your projects

If you are working on a project which feels daunting or overwhelming, take some time to break it down into manageable chunks.  What can you do today to move the project forward?  Setting and achieving mini-goals will motivate further and help you to achieve the project.

Consider what you enjoy about your job

Even those people who are really unhappy at work enjoy one or more aspects of their work.  Remember what attracted you to the job in the first place, what do you enjoy and appreciate, and how it benefits other parts of your life.

Have something to look forward to

Whether you are planning your next holiday or a night out with friends, schedule activities and events that you love.  Or if you are working hard to afford a new car or other big expense, remind yourself of what you are doing to achieve that goal.

Remember that you don’t have to work flat out all of the time 

Make sure you take a break every so often, whether you make the tea, have a chat with your colleagues or do a different task.

Take a lunch break away from your desk or working area

Fresh air and exercise is a great motivator and it is good to give you time away from your work.  It has the added advantage of making you feel more refreshed and more productive.

Delegate some work to others

Delegation of the right tasks will help you to reduce your workload and will also give a new challenge to another person.  Show them what to do, give them a timeframe and then let them get on with the task.

Set goals for your working future

If you don’t want to be in the same job in one year’s time, do something about it.  Set a goal of where you want to be, and then start to work on it today.  What can you do within the next two weeks to move you closer to that objective?

Call for help

If you are having trouble staying motivated in your job, find someone to help you.  Whether you choose a colleague, friend, partner or a coach, talking about it will help you to overcome this slump and clarify what needs to change.


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About The Author

This article was written by Karen Williams of Self Discovery Coaching


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Karen Williams is a qualified coach, with an Advanced Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching from The Coaching Academy, and is also a NLP Master Practitioner.

She created Self Discovery Coaching in 2006 to help people to reach their potential. She works with individuals who want to make changes to their lives and career. Karen is a focused, enthusiastic and motivated coach. She enables her clients to gain a greater self awareness, focus on their strengths and gives them a chance to focus on what it is that they want to be different. She then uses coaching to help them achieve their own personal success story. She understands the difficulties that her clients face, and helps them to build an action plan for their future.

Karen provides one to one coaching, personal development workshops in Hampshire, UK, and a brand new cost effective and flexible online career coaching programme, called ’90 days to career success’. You can download your free report, ’10 Steps to YOUR career success’ at www.selfdiscoverycoaching.co.uk.

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