Motivation can be described as the drive to achieve goals or needs. It is what keeps you focused or even ambitious. However, motivation can be quite hard to maintain after a while.

 

What should you do when you start losing motivation? How do you maintain it?

In this article, we will try to help you find answers to these questions for yourself.

Why is motivation important?

While the importance of motivation can appear as obvious, it can be helpful to define why and how exactly it is important.

Reaching your goals:

First of all, motivation can be seen as the goals which you can work towards. Whether it’s school, work, sports, or something else, it is very important to set goals for yourself. Reaching these goals will ultimately be fueled by motivation.

Solving problems or challenges:

Problems, obstacles, or challenges, which would normally seem very difficult or even impossible, become much easier to overcome with enough motivation. This is because a motivated person does not notice or focus on little problems and challenges which appear with the main goal. They only see what their main goal is no matter what.

How do I maintain motivation?

Nowadays, people fuel their motivation by small things like: getting to the next coffee or cigarette break, seeing motivational posters on the wall, getting to the next paycheck.

 

While these “rewards” might pose motivation for someone, they are not effective on the long run. Yes, they are applicable in any sphere of work whether it’s in school or a daily job. Therefore, they can appear as ubiquitous and easy to set as motivation.

Instead, you should try some of these tips to maintain motivation on a long run:

  • Find out the “why”: The purpose of what you are doing is usually much more important than what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.
  • Define your goals: Find out what your exact goals are by using the process of elimination, use your full focus on one goal instead of focusing on multiple goals at once.
  • Have a vision: Realizing what your vision is can represent one of the keys to success. The vision must be something that’s relatable and personal to you. Don’t go small with your vision, shoot for the stars.
  • Include a plan: After finding your goal, create a plan in which you will write down the steps you need to get done. This will help make your goal become true.
  • Stay optimistic: Optimism is key to success. Keep thinking positively and do not let obstacles bring you down easily.
  • Change up your routine: Constant focus and work can lead to a burnout. Try to enrich your routine by changing it up a little bit. Try to influence and change the things that you can, not those which you can’t.
  • Organization is key: It is important to keep your workspace organized and clean, not cluttered with useless stuff. An organized environment helps you work more efficiently and productively allowing you to only focus on your work.
  • Do tasks which you enjoy: Choosing to do tasks which are not boring during your workday can keep your spirits up. Try to create a balance between doing boring and enjoyable tasks so that you do not feel too bored.
  • Remind yourself about the rewards and purpose: Constantly remind yourself about why you are doing what you are doing. Feeling your work has a purpose is irreplaceable.
  • Reward yourself: Set up your own system of rewards so that you are motivated not only by the reward of reaching the ultimate goal, but even by rewards for micro tasks.
  • Adopt success: Try to have a mindset that focuses on success.
  • Focus on less tasks, gradually: Try to give full undivided attention to the current task. It is hard to keep track and put your everything into multiple tasks at once.
  • Utilize deadlines: Constantly reminding yourself about a deadline might help you get in enough pressure to keep working.

How do I deal with procrastination?

Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. It is described as knowingly delaying tasks and finding excuses and it is also known as the greatest enemy of employee and student productivity.

 

You know it, there is an upcoming deadline of an important work or school assignment and you just do not want to get your head down and get it done because you find something else to do which is often way less productive.

 

The constant temptation to do something other than productive activities can often feel irresistible. However, there are few solutions that you can use to defeat this devil always sitting on your shoulder.

 

Reasons for procrastination can seem endless. People are usually putting tasks off because they are afraid that they would screw something up, or simply because they just do not feel like doing the tasks, etc.

What can you do to tackle procrastination?

  • Realise the consequences: While being motivated by fear can sound cruel, it is proved to be very effective. Whenever you start putting off a task, realize what will happen if you complete it or if you don’t. The pressure of losing a job or dropping out of school is probably as serious as it gets.

 

  • Do not let your “feeling” get in the way: “I just don’t feel like completing this assignment now.” “I just don’t feel like I can make this deadline.” Words like these are often used by people who procrastinate and tend to put off work, maybe even you. Though in reality, nothing is probably physically holding you back from completing your tasks on time and managing your time better. We often tend to blame our unproductivity on our feelings. Yes, your feelings are important and should be considered since they affect your mental state. However, it is important to distinguish when your feelings really do not allow you to be productive and when you use them just as an excuse.

 

  • Manage your productivity time and breaks: Working for 5 hours straight will probably reflect on the quality of the job. Taking too many breaks can do the same. Create a working split which will suit you. For example, take a 5-minute break for every 25 minutes of working. Doing something else than working during the breaks can actually help your brain be more productive during time of work having the time to relax and giving it the needed dose of stimuli.

Is the right motivation enough?

While motivation is what drives you towards your goals, it is not the only aspect of productive work. However, finding out what makes you prosper is very individual. It is recommended to create a routine, find something to be excited for, make your working environment productivity-friendly, etc.

 

If you feel like your colleagues are holding you back from productivity, talk to them or your superior about it. Companies are entitled to create an environment where their employees can prosper and contribute to the company’s goals without restricting their freedom or undermining their mental health.

Start now

We hope that your ideas for keeping your motivation have become broader upon reading this article. At first, it might have seemed difficult. Hopefully, it does not anymore.

 

Do not hesitate and ask your colleagues or friends about what fuels their productivity and how they overcame procrastination or lack of motivation. Despite this being an individual topic, it can be helpful to get an insight from the others.

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