As the end of the year slowly starts creeping up on the horizon and daylight becomes a rare treat for the office worker (especially around our neck of the woods here in Scotland) we dig deep to stay motivated.
Are you the superstar employee who sets goals and exceeds them every time,
or do you do the bare minimum to get by, feeling like the work you do doesnʼt matter and so you complain often?
If you happen to be the latter, itʼs not completely your fault. Studies found that company culture shapes employee motivation, noting the six main reasons people work: play,
purpose, potential, emotional pressure, economic pressure, inertia.
People who are motivated cultivate enthusiasm and have more zest for life.
Asking why should we care about being motivated is like asking what our
purpose for living is.
Motivated people have a sense of purpose, are more focused, creative
Lets face it, you’d probably rather be on vacation than at work at any given time, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t try and get the most out of the job you’re doing right now!
The easiest way to be motivated: stay in the present
No matter what size the project you are working on, you will have to get up and leave at some point. This alone should motivate you to make the most of the limited time you have to work, not squander the opportunity any given day provides. It helps if you have multiple tasks to complete. Imagine your day as a meal, the more ingredients it has, the less of a problem any single not so great component becomes so you still get to enjoy most of it.
If you work a job where tasks and goals are clearly defined, it can be hard to find the motivation to improve upon the prescribed routes to success. Write down any opportunities for betterment as you see them crop up. At the end of the day, take a look at your notes and see if your ideas still hold up. If you think they’re worth discussing with colleagues and bosses, you already have an extra reason to get to work the next day: improving quality of life at the office for yourself and others.
Having a clean desk space is one of the easiest things to achieve and will help you smash all your tasks for the day. Imagine sitting down to a desk that has nothing more than the tools you need to succeed for the day and no other fluff. If all you need is a phone and a computer, having one or two gadgets to feel at home is okay. The motivation problem starts when you have 25 different folders, phone chargers, branded USB sticks, magazines, an assortment of snacks and clippings of celebrities you just never had the heart to discard take over your desk space. You can go over the top with labels and intricate filing systems if you want.
Use the Pomodoro method to stay on track with tasks. Set a timer for 25 minutes and concentrate on one single task for the entire time the clock is ticking down. It sounds a lot harder than you think if you take it seriously, but the results will follow. Instead of multitasking, laser sharp focus will allow you to get tasks done much faster in bursts as opposed to letting your attention wander. Take a few minutes break, regroup and then jum into the next 20 minutes of intense focus. The faster you complete a task well, the less of a chore the next one will seem.
If you’d like to give yourself and the team a boost, we have a bunch of powerful Christmas cards that’ll do the trick. Click to browse our complete range here.