Monday morning is one of the most dreaded moments in one’s life and the beginning of another vicious weekly cycle of obligations. The 9-5 lifestyle seems to drain the life and joy from us, setting the motivation level at the bare minimum. Well, it is time to put an end to the perpetual sense of losing control. In order to motivate yourself, you do not need one moment of revelation. If you want lasting results, build good habits, and bring the deep thoughts and drives to light to dispel the darkness of professional life.
Hurdles on the road
In a daily hustle and bustle, the biggest challenge often comes in the form of an overwhelming workload. Sometimes, this obstacle seems downright insurmountable. Well, we want to melt that negative emotions and stress eating you from the inside with some easy and simple tips you can implement into your daily routines. The first thing to do is to ask yourself what keeps you going. Is it money, fame, recognition, legacy, status or something entirely different?
You would be surprised how opening a dialogue with yourself gives you a perspective and sense of direction in life. Thus, consider all the ways in which work provides benefits to you, and grasp those invisible tentacles that allow it to hold you in the grip. Get to the root of the problem and address it with an open mind. Now, while turning the career on its head is borderline impossible for many people, there are many things you can do to alleviate stress and give more meaning to your efforts.
For example, try to make your job more varied. Step out of your comfort zone, and assume new responsibilities that are related to the tasks you have already handled. Develop your skills, engage in employee training, and visit seminars. Align your personal growth with the one of the company, and do not let them be opposed. Set the personal goals, and reward yourself in case your employer does not have a habit of doing it. If nothing else, broadening the experience and competence will make you more competitive in the job market.
Furthermore, achieve a better life-work balance. Try to spend more time at home by doing remote work and telecommuting. If that is not a possibility, take frequent breaks, rewind during the weekend, and utilize free days to go on a mini vacation. All these things help you recharge your batteries and face work obligations with vigor. Also, bear in mind that lifestyle choices you make every day heavily influence your mood, energy levels and motivation. So, how about a morning exercise, healthy meal every day, and less behaving like a couch potato?
Succeed by design
Note that the work environment has a profound effect on your motivation and productivity. Your boss might not care about investing in stimulating, well-designed offices, but there are some things you can do yourself. At the very least, do away with distractions such as constant reminders, notifications and alerts on your phone. On the other hand, those who work at home benefit greatly from dedicated work spaces. Get yourself organized, maximize the amount of natural light, and decorate with personal items. Adhere to the principles of functional design and timeless Feng Shui to achieve the uninterrupted flow in the surroundings.
At last, regardless of your profession and workplace, you should always break tasks into doable chunks. Assemble a daily and weekly schedule in order to get the time management right. Plan for setbacks ahead and you will be able to meet the pressing deadlines. Just do not work around the clock without breaks because that is almost always counterproductive. Take a deep breath, bask in the satisfaction of reaching a milestone, and then move on to the next task. Step by step, you will be able to climb up the career ladder, and regain control of your life.
A fresh start
Work is taxing, energy-devouring activity, which often inhibits our full potential and prevents us from leading a fulfilled life. Well, it does not have to be that way, you know. Strive to constantly remind yourself how work also enriches your life, and what goals it helps you achieve. Get your priorities straight, breathe new life into your career and make a positive change. The glass is either half full or half empty, so you better embrace positive thinking and back it up by taking action promptly.
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