How To Get Motivation At Work

Successful freelance workers gain their success because they do not have issues with motivation. Obviously, skill also plays a part, but this is all about motivation, so let’s focus on freelance workers.

What do you think a freelancer faces each day, when they get up, have work, and remain at home?

They face plenty of daily tasks, including personal and work goals. But, how do they stay motivated when they look around the house knowing things are not getting done?

It is compartmentalization. Remember the conversation above about putting things in a box and only thinking about them when you have the time?

Freelancers are great at this, as well as tunnel vision.

Freelancers treat their work as if they have a job outside of the house. They wake up, prepare for the day, review the tasks to complete, and only when the work is done can they focus on personal concepts.

To do anything else would jeopardize their employment. On days when there is no work, it is time to get personal tasks completed. There can be a stress if not enough work is coming in, which can affect motivation, but that is a different topic.

When you go to work each day, you have things that must be done. If your work performance is slow or affected by motivation, you won’t have the job long or you will never get promoted. Employers look for people who are motivated, even those who take the initiative on a project.

Your very motivation for work is money.

  • You need income to keep your home, car, and to ensure you have food.
  • Most jobs, not all, but many do offer insurance, personal days, vacation days, and other benefits.

The fear of losing your job; therefore, your benefits and the money is where your motivation for working at a decent level occurs. Now, it does not mean you have the motivation to do more than you are asked.

College students are a notable example. For those who never had a job, they might be told to do something, and do it once, then the boss has to keep reminding them to do the task again.

Motivating Yourself at Work

It is time for the question and answer period again!

1). Are you happy with the amount of pay you earn?

2). Why are you happy or unhappy with it? Look at the money objectively.

You should be happy if you make enough to pay your bills and put money into a savings account. You should be happy if you are able to take a vacation each year, without worrying that you will go heavily into debt. You should be happy if you look at the industry you work in and make a comparative amount of money per hour or salary.

You should be unhappy if any of the above is true, especially if everything is true.

You should not be unhappy if you think you deserve more than you get, but when assessing your work performance in an unbiased manner you know you could do more to earn your wage.

3). Do you like your job?

4). Have you thought about a promotion?

5). When it is slow at work, do you look around to find other tasks or do you pop open Netflix and watch a TV show?

In a perfect world, everyone would love their job, but they don’t. It might be the choice of a position that was available, and a person becomes complacent. You might have worked hard for the degree you have and now you hate it.

Only you can change your employment status. If you love 75% of your job, then you have to take the downsides of the position. Anything less and you may want to start looking for a new career.

It is okay to test out different industries. College students are taught to choose a major, follow-through, and get a career. A better idea is to test a few jobs, see the reality of the work, and then invest in a future. It helps you become more motivated in your career choice.

There is nothing wrong with switching jobs, as long as you give the position time, and you work towards something that is going to be better for you and more motivating.

One example is of a female who had plenty of motivation, independence, and tunnel vision when it came to her degree. This person worked in construction, clothing retail, hostess, airport retail, bank, scuba instructor/resort manager, a movie theatre, freelance writer, and bookstore seller. 

She also worked as a barista a couple of times. Over the years, she has learned that her love of books, tea, and coffee are pointing her towards a career that can involve all three. The dream is to own a shop hosting tea tastings, selling coffee and books. 

There are parts to the career that are not great, such as having the desire for themed tea tastings, but social anxiety to host them. But the reward outweighs the panic of public speaking.

As a motivation quote says, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.”

The point is, if you have a passion for something, such as a hobby, then you might consider changing careers as it would naturally provide you with more motivation.

If you are unwilling to change your career, here are some pointers.

1). Assess the task.

2). Determine the benefit of the task. How will it help your employers, how could it help you, who else would benefit from your completion of the work?

3). What is a personal reward you can provide yourself? It could be self-satisfaction, a treat, or something else you find rewarding.

You do not want to do a job because someone else will reward you. If you do a task that is part of your daily job, then you should not expect someone to reward you for doing what you are supposed to do.

But you can begin to look for ways to get kudos from your boss for things that are above and beyond your work. The satisfaction of doing more than you are paid for can help you reach promotions.

Whenever it comes to motivation at work, always consider the task, the benefit of that task for others, and how you can personally feel good about its completion. There are mundane things such as going through a list of 3,400 books, looking at how many were sold in the previous year, if the stock is zero, and deciding if the title needs to be deleted. 

The reward for something so mundane, knowing the inventory is cleaned up and there is less confusion about what books are in the store or are popular.

Lastly, motivation is about satisfaction, even in work.

Lost Satisfaction

It is possible you are looking for ways to be more motivated as a woman because you have lost the satisfaction of a job well done. It’s easy when you work in a man’s world or for male bosses who don’t think “kudos” are necessary. 

When you are put down or your boss loses their temper towards you because they are unhappy, satisfaction in your work environment can plummet.

Here is the point where you need to consider your need for independent satisfaction. Many people like someone else to give them positive feedback, kind words, and to see that they are doing an excellent job. There is nothing wrong with having that desire.

But you should not get bogged down by it.

How you think of yourself is more important than any words from another person. If you can complete a task and tell yourself you did great, then that is all you need.

1). After each task you complete, tell yourself you did well.

2). Accept that mistakes happen, and humans are not perfect.

3). If a mistake occurs, accept it, learn from it, and move on—do not dwell on it.

The above three steps will help you get your work satisfaction back. You can also begin to retrain your brain so that you let the negatives go. It takes actively thinking to ensure this happens, at least in the beginning. 

Once you get used to being satisfied by the small things, it will get easier to feel proud of yourself and move on with more motivation.

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