Yesterday was Groundhog’s Day. Phil (the Groundhog) predicted that this year we will have an early spring. For all of us enduring a rainy/snowy winter, this is good news! Early spring or not, we all need a little extra motivation for those weeks where we feel like Bill Murray, waking up to the same day over and over again. Therefore, we compiled our five favorite ways to keep yourself motivated at work.
1.Break down big goals
A big goal, however exciting it may be, can be daunting when you first start to tackle it. By breaking down your goal into micro goals you can check off smaller tasks while simultaneously getting closer to completing your overall goal. Not sure how to tackle goals? Read our post on creating goals here!
Don’t forget to celebrate a job well done. Whether you’ve completed a task that was intimidating or completed a hard project, you deserve a pat on the back. Celebrating yourself and your work motivates you to continue to produce good work.
3. Move your body
Sitting at your desk all day can cramp your style. Literally. Utilize your break times to take a walk around the block or your office space. Have a meeting? Ask to make it a walking meeting so that you can get your body moving. In addition, it’s proven that moving your body helps spark new ideas and fires off parts of your brain you may otherwise not be utilizing. Double motivation win!
4. Write it down
Make a list and check things off. Start your day by making a to-do list of all the tasks you need to get done for that day to keep yourself organized and on track. Additionally, keep a separate list on your desk for personal to-dos, that way when they pop up you can write them down and tackle them when you get home or on your lunch break.
5. Challenge yourself
It’s proven that challenging oneself can keep your mindset motivated. So, set a challenging professional goal for yourself, learn a new skill or put yourself in place that may be outside of your comfort zone, and most importantly: believe in yourself!