A stressful work environment can lead to demotivation for a lot of employees. Before you pass your resignation papers, you should carefully try to understand first your personal issues by reflecting one by one on how your day goes by. Are you performing according to the standards or performance metrics that your employer is asking for? Or are you simply losing interest due to a number of things that drains your motivation to work? By carefully contemplating your past actions, it can help you identify what you need to improve on. By doing this, it can totally change how you effectively do your job.
These are SEVEN POSSIBLE WAYS on how to win back your motivation to work (NOT ALL are guaranteed to work for everyone, but one or two can help you)~
- Ask yourself “What can I do to improve instead of complaining and doing nothing?” You’ll be surprised when you ask this question. You will have ready answers in your mind. Just let the answer flow. Don’t negate them. Don’t criticise your response. And most of all don’t say that it’s hard to do. Write your ideas down so you can clearly review them later once you decide to act on them.
- Decide on your plan of action. If you have asked the question earlier, and have listed down your ideas you will now have a number of things that you can implement. If you have not asked the question yet, naturally it will be harder for you to think about your plan of action. Once that you already have the ideas, choose one and make it happen. As long as it doesn’t negatively impact you or others, you can start implementing it in your life.
- Do other activities that make you happy. Certainly there are things that you love doing. Find time to do them again, it doesn’t need to be a full time activity. This can be activities that you can do on the side after work, during weekends or your down time. You can even do it during your break time or before work. Physical activities like basketball, billiard, playing video games, playing the guitar or anything that makes you feel alive should be enough to make you feel connected to other people.
- Ask for feedback from your superiors (direct manager or supervisor). Communicating is easier said than done. If you can develop the courage to ask for advice or tips, then you can use it for your own benefit. Your superiors should not try to guess what is bothering you and why you are demotivated to work. Get useful opinions from them so you can make adjustments that will make your job easier and better.
- Sprinkle variety in your day to day life. You may want to go out for lunch instead of just staying in the canteen or pantry. Try a new dish or take a different route going home. Buy breakfast before or after your shift. Watch a movie, read a book, sing your heart out in karaoke, or even talk to a friend that you haven’t talked to for a long time. Just change your routine and you will be able to renew your energy in carrying out your work and the way you see things.
- Be receptive to feedback. Remember that your manager or supervisor can see from a different perspective. This may be things that can surprise you and that may also be difficult to accept. He or she even listens to conversations and reviews your work output. So always listen to what your superior has to say and take it constructively. Most of the time they can help you- whether it allows you to reach a sales quota, handle frustrated clients and even achieve the promotion that you have been aiming for.
- Follow the best role models in your department. There are superstars in any organization. They are the ones who manages to hit departmental goals such as sales targets and good customer service. There is no reason why you should not ask them how they do it. Ask and you will be surprised what they will tell you. If you apply their advice you will eventually be amazed at the results that you will get after consulting with the top performers in your organization.
There is no one guaranteed step on how to win back your motivation to perform with your current work. Not one or two these things can guarantee it, but doing some of these will increase your chances of appreciating what you do- and will also be able to give you insights on how to do things better moving forward. Maybe you’re getting demotivated due to your inability to hit your metrics, or lack of communication with your colleagues or managers. In the end, resigning should be your last option if you’re simply demotivated due to simple reasons like that. We hope that this article helps you create a plan of action so you can win back your motivation to work.
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