Motivation Hacks When You Need a Boost at Work

During a particularly rough day at work, you find yourself lacking motivation, so you start staring out the window on a beautiful sunny day. Five minutes later, you haven’t moved a muscle and your mind is blank … well, except for those thoughts about escaping to that beach resort you’ve always wanted to visit.

Your phone suddenly rings and shatters your moment of solitude, pushing you back into reality. You stare down at dozens of unanswered emails, mountains of work, and the phone is still ringing. With all the urgent work you have to tackle, you still can’t get motivated to jump in and get rolling.

Let’s face it, everyone has times when it seems like we can’t get motivated. It’s human nature, after all. The trick is to make sure those times are less frequent and shorter in duration. If you’re going through a funk – don’t despair. Check out these quick motivation tips and you’ll be back to yourself in no time!


  • Change up your work environment. You don’t have to paint the walls and bring in couches to breathe life into your space. Add a plant, a new picture or heck, even a funky and fun new pencil holder will do. Reorganize your desk layout. A simple change could be just what you need to feel new … recharged … and energized.


  • Begin with the end in mind. If you’re in the midst of a repetitive or routine project, it’s easy to get pulled under by the ho-hum monotony. Before you start your day, remember why you are doing this project. Ask yourself, what’s the big picture? How will this project help me and my organization succeed? Then jump in.


  • Join teams, organizations and associations. As long as you aren’t overloading yourself with work, volunteer to be on a team or assist on a new project. It gives you a break from your daily routine. Outside of work, find trade organizations or associations to hook up with. You’ll expand your network, plus gain new perspectives and more energy.


  • Schedule breaks. Like many busy people, you tend to work through your morning or afternoon breaks and then eat at your desk for lunch. While that’s OK to do every once in a while if you have a killer deadline, it’s bad when it becomes a habit. If you don’t already have a set break schedule, make one. Getting up from your space every few hours will do wonders for your mind. If you have a job like customer service where you already have a set break schedule, see if you can change it up or swap with someone else. A change of pace is enough to break from the cycle that’s keeping you down.


  • Plan a reward for yourself or your team. Stay motivated by rewarding yourself for meeting goals or getting a project done on time. The same goes for the work team you’re on. Treat yourself to a lunch or dinner out … take a team trip to the movies … or have everyone bring in a treat to share. There are tons of ideas for rewarding yourself or your team that will dramatically boost motivation and productivity.


  • Actually go home when you’re supposed to go home. We all tend to fudge with our work schedules when we get busy—especially if we aren’t on a time clock or filling out a time sheet for a client. With emails and Skype, it’s too easy to have a 24-hour workday. Set a realistic quitting time every day and stick to it whenever possible. Furthermore, don’t answer emails after 7 p.m. and take your weekends off as much as you can. You’ll feel more relaxed, and you’ll give your brain a chance to recharge with daily and weekly downtime.


What motivation tricks work for you? Let us know in the Comment section below and share the wealth with everyone. Now go out and make it a great day!

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