It’s hard to show up on time, put in good work, and be excellent at your job every single day. It’s even harder if you dislike your job or your coworkers, or when your boss thinks making you miserable is on his daily to-do list.
But it’s important for a lot of reasons that you stay motivated and always give a job your best. Even when it’s hard, you should be pushing through. Here’s why, along with our best tips for you to stay focused and working.
If you hate your job, are actively looking for a new one, or already have put in your two weeks, you might be tempted to just ‘phone it in’. It’s easy to put in half effort and go ‘oh well’, but that’s not the right attitude to have!
The connections you have at this company will stay with you forever, so it’s important that you leave a good impression on those around you, even if you’re miserable. You never know if that coworker you complain to will be your new boss in the next five years, or when you will run into them in the future at an important networking event.
You also have your own personal pride to think about. The work you put out is a reflection of who you are and your work ethic. While no one expects you to be able to give 100% all of the time, consistently putting out a subpar product or low effort directly reflects back on yourself. Is that what you want? Is that who you want to be?
How to Stay Motivated
It’s not easy, and it takes a lot of pushing, but you can stay motivated even when you would rather throw in the towel or avoid working altogether.
The first point we’ll share is really the last one in the previous section – your personal pride. You have a reputation to uphold, and standards to meet. When you fail to do that, you’re not just letting your company down, but you’re letting yourself down.
Make it a Competition With Yourself
Set goals for yourself and work hard to keep them. Even when you’re feeling bogged down or disinterested, make it less about the work itself and more about a game. How much can you accomplish? How well can you do? Can you beat your previous day’s productivity? If you compete with yourself, you will always win.
Take breaks when you need to. If you’re feeling burnt out about sitting in the office all day, spend a few minutes stretching and moving around. Spend your lunch hour in a local green space, or even take your laptop to a conference room or lobby to give yourself a chance of pace.
Don’t Dwell on What You Can’t Change
It’s hard to accept that you can’t change something, but it’s the reality of the situation. Sometimes you simply can’t fix or do something at work. Dwelling on that negative is going to bring you way down, and stop you from being able to see the good in your day. Focus on what you can accomplish instead.
Have a good day? Reward yourself!
There’s a reason that people have rewards for achieving their goals. They work! You might feel a little bit like you’re bribing yourself to get work done, but that’s okay. Your rewards don’t have to be big, either. Go to your favorite restaurant for dinner or stop at the local ice cream shop on the way home once you’ve hit a milestone.