Getting Engaged: 5 tips for starting work when you’re not motivated

Getting Engaged: 5 tips for starting work when you’re not motivated

One of the biggest responsibilities as an Office Professional is to constantly produce high quality work. But, how can you do that when you don’t feel engaged or motivated?

While it works both ways, it is your responsibility to your team or to your executive to keep yourself motivated.

If you’re struggling to become engaged with your work today, this week or this year, these 5 tips will help you get back into top form again.

  1. Remember your purpose.

One of the biggest motivators is knowing your work has value and meaning. It’s time to refresh your mind on the purpose of your work.

  • How does what you do contribute to the goals of the company?
  • How does it benefit the community?

This is important because when you are working on something that matters to you, your brain releases dopamine into your system. It’s the ‘feel good’ chemical which acts like a built-in reward system. Every time you work on something that matters, your brain rewards you with a ‘happiness hit’, making you want to do it again so you get more reward.

Take some time to review why you are doing what you do. That higher purpose is very motivating.

  1. Start a routine.

The wonderful thing about a routine is that your brain and body know what to do even if your mind isn’t yet engaged. It’s automatic. You’ll find you’ve started work out of habit, which gives your mind time to catch up. You will be working before you realise it, and as you begin knocking over the tasks, you’ll feel happier and more involved in what you’re doing.

  1. Break up your day.

When you’re not motivated to work but you know you must, it’s not unusual to spend hours on social media or looking at the screen or paper without producing anything constructive. Breaking up your day will interrupt that pattern.

Most time management experts recommend using something like the Pomodoro Technique, where you allocate a set amount of time to work, such as 25 minutes, followed by a short break of 5 -10 minutes. After 4 sets of these time periods, you take a longer break.

It works because it trains your brain to focus quickly on your task, knowing you have the reward of a break coming along shortly. This technique works for many people, and if you practice, you may find it works for you, too. You’ll soon work out the natural time flow for your needs.

  1. Set a deadline.

How often have you messed around with a task for days, only to find energy from somewhere to complete it at last minute?

Some people respond well to deadlines, and if you are one of them, you can use the deadline power to motivate you.

For example, set a deadline of 4pm to finish work for the day, knowing you need a specific task completed. Not only does it help our brain to focus, the closer you get to your deadline, it also helps you become very efficient with your time. You may surprise yourself with the results you achieve in a short time.

  1. Power hour.

Are you a morning or afternoon person? Take advantage of your body’s natural rhythms and work with them. Set aside one hour when you’re at your best, choose one important project, and devote the whole hour to working on it. No distractions, nothing. Just one solid hour of power work.

Just imagine how much difference one uninterrupted, highly focused hour could make to your productivity!

None of these tips are difficult yet each will encourage your brain to kick into gear, and the dopamine release to make you feel great. All you need to do is put the tips into practice and enjoy the difference it makes to the way you’re feeling now.

Athena Coaching

Linda Murray is a successful businesswoman, coach, strategist and mentor, speaker and trainer. Linda’s talent is teaching women to increase their commercial success while using their authentic feminine approach. She mixes her personal experience in business, her strong academic background and her observations of hundreds of businesses to show businesswomen and female executives how to enjoy greater commercial outcomes and accelerated individual success. Linda has coached countless clients to greater success through improved business strategies, increased profits, leadership development, increased team engagement and greater personal satisfaction and commercial confidence. Linda balances the extremes required in business. She has the unique ability to focus on both the big picture and the details; the numbers and the people; the sales and the administration; the left-brain and the right-brain. Linda has a track record in assisting women in business and female executives to identify the commercially profitable big picture strategy and then create an achievable action plan to implement it. Linda built her first successful business in her early 20s, growing her business to a team of 25 bookkeepers and financial controllers. Linda’s business model modernised the bookkeeping industry dramatically – by constantly challenging the traditional models of client management and service delivery. After experiencing the results that business coaching delivered in her business, Linda became passionate about coaching. Linda sold her financial business to start Athena Coaching, where her clients enjoy the benefit of her proven commercial experience combined with state of the art coaching support and her exceptional academic background. Linda has a Masters of Business Coaching, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy), is an Accredited Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.


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