Getting Motivated: 5 Tips

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The sun is shining. A breeze is blowing. Birds are singing. You long to break away from your desk and bask in the sun. Instead, you’re staring down hundreds of e-mails, mountains of work, and the phone is ringing off the hook. With all the “urgent” work you have to tackle, you still can’t find the motivation to jump in and get rolling.

Let’s face it. We all go through downtime once in a while. If you came in to work every single day, year after year with high energy and exploding optimism, you’d be … well … superhuman. It’s a fact of life daily routine and hectic schedules get the best of us sometimes.

If you’re going through a funk – don’t despair. Check out a few of these quick tips and you’ll be back to yourself in no time!

1.  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, a new pencil holder. Reorganize your desk layout. A simple change could be just what you need to feel new … recharged … and energized.

2.  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.

3.  Join teams, organizations, and associations in your organization.  Starting a new project or team gives you a break from your daily routine. It gives you new perspective and more energy.

4.  Schedule breaks.  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 set 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.

5.  Plan a reward for yourself or your team.  Nothing helps supercharge a team or person faster than a fun reward for a job well done. Go out to eat in celebration of your achievement. Take in a new movie. Have everyone bring in a treat to share.

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