Feeling flustered thinking about that massive workload? Or perhaps you’ve just hit the 3 o clock slump and your eyes are feeling particularly heavy. Sound familiar? If so, then maybe it’s time to take a step back and look at some effective ways to keep yourself motivated throughout the working day. Today, we’ve bought you 7 ideas to keep you motivated at work, and we think it’s pretty safe to say that these work a treat – why don’t you see for yourself?
Sure, coffee is a great way to give you a buzz and get you in the mood for tackling that heavy workload, but don’t forget to drink some good old fashioned H2O too. According to The Eat Well Guide, we all need to drink around six to eight glasses of fluid a day – and what better way to do so than with a refreshing glass of chilled water?
Coffee and tea are also counted within your daily fluid intake, but don’t underestimate the power of plain water. It’s been proven to maximise physical performance, may help to prevent headaches and has a major effect on energy levels and brain function amongst others. If you’re not a fan of drinking the clear stuff , then why not jazz it up a bit with a tasty slice of zesty lemon and lime to really pack a flavour punch? Remember, water is your friend!
Give yourself a break
Sometimes, when all your work’s been building up, it’s all too easy to neglect yourself and not enjoy that break you deserve. But honestly, you really shouldn’t deny yourself that glorious rest and continue slaving away at the screen to try and reduce the workload further.
Always make sure you give yourself a break despite everything. Even taking a 15-minute walk around the block will rest your eyes from staring at the computer screen and will give you a chance to temporarily switch off. Plus, it’s always nice just to get a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery. You’ll come back feeling focused, refreshed and ready for the rest of the working day.
Check out your accomplishments so far
If you’re feeling defeated, then check out everything that you’ve done so far that day. Maybe even look at everything you’ve completed so far that week. That will be an instant mood booster – every effort you’ve taken to complete a task should be seen as a positive and a great motivation to help you power through the day.
Clear your table
There’s nothing worse than a build-up of unnecessary paperwork and food wrappers on your desk. So if you’re feeling you’re surrounding by clutter, then get rid of it! Organise any essential documents neatly and pop any non-essential paperwork you don’t need in the shredder or recycling, and chuck out leftover food wrappers and other junk into the waste! You’ll be surprised at much calmer your mind will feel after having a quick desk tidy!
Do reward yourself if you’ve hit deadlines and targets. Especially ones that have been plaguing your mind for the past few weeks and causing you anxiety. How about a nice slab of sticky chocolate fudge cake from the bakery down the road or a bottle of beer at the pub after work? Go on, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself. You deserve it!
Obviously it’s great to care about work. It shows that it’s important to you and that you’re conscientious. But don’t let a heavy workload make you feel negative and let your thoughts spiral out of control. That’s no fun, and you’ll find you’re actually less productive. Take a deep breath and try to think positive thoughts. Just remember, you’re (probably) not saving lives, and the stress that you’re experiencing is most likely to be temporary. Give yourself a quick break if needs be and go and make yourself a hot beverage before soldiering on.
Maintain a healthy work/life balance
Ensure that your life isn’t primarily focused around work. Remember that all work and no play made Jack a very dull boy. A very dull boy indeed. It’s important to give yourself some ‘me’ time outside of work where you’re not thinking about the build-up of those grueling tasks and the office. Visit family, see friends, take the dog for a nice long walk in the countryside. You’ll feel more balanced and as a result and will be able to take everything work related in your stride.