(DailyThrive.com) – You’ve got a fresh cup of java in one hand, and your desktop is all fired up.You’re ready to start the day! Unfortunately, once you sit down at your desk, you’re so overwhelmed with that pile of work and emails you instantly lose all motivation. What gives — and how can you overcome this issue?
Take Control of the Day
Right off the bat, take control of your day! Many mornings are filled with distractions and on-the-spot meetings that are full of unproductivity. Try creating a daily schedule that you will actually stick to.
Speaking of meetings, they’re best slotted in early, especially if they involve people who are creative and upbeat. This will also help to spark your own creative thought process and encourage a positive mood.
Remind Yourself Why You’re Doing It
Why do you show up to work? Your first response might be, “because I have to,” but that’s not really the whole answer, is it? You might also show up because you make a difference, you’re great at what you do, or — most commonly — you need to get paid to survive. Ah, the rat race!
Keep a little note on your desk that displays all of the reasons you are thankful for your job. It doesn’t matter what you do, or how well you do it, there is always something to be grateful for. This is a great reminder and motivating factor to keep a positive attitude when you’re feeling frustrated.
Try the Hemingway Technique
Feeling overwhelmed? We all get there from time to time. Ernest Hemingway had his own motivating tool created to keep work flowing seamlessly. He left the last paragraph or chapter unfinished, and then returned to it the next day.
Instead of being overwhelmed about where to start on Monday morning, pick up where you left off on Friday — deadlines permitting, of course. It gives you the drive and momentum to carry through the day.
Break Up the Big Stuff
Mega-projects due by the end of the day are a huge motivation killer. To tackle it constructively, try breaking it up into bite-sized tasks. This helps make the project seem more manageable, allowing you to get it done on time. When you see a few smaller tasks due rather than a large one, you’ll feel more motivated to attack it.
Celebrate Your Achievements
A busy workday can kill motivation on the spot. Encourage yourself by reflecting on your past and present accomplishments. No matter how big or small they are, they took a lot of work and in the end it paid off.
Treat yourself to a small reward and recognize those achievements. Knowing that you’re a self-starter who takes charge of every situation is something to be proud of.
Whatever is bringing you down, it’s up to you to push forward and work through it. And sitting around lamenting your situation might feel better than hard work, but it won’t get you anywhere in the long run. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Remind yourself who you are and straighten that crown! The end goal is to have enthusiasm, solid energy levels, and better sustainable results overall.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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