Losing the will to complete your to-do list on a daily basis at work can happen if you don’t maintain your momentum. It shouldn’t take a meeting, or a tight deadline to get you out of your chair and interested in your work. To win motivation back you can try a few techniques, both physical and mental.
Have a Friendly Competition
Come up with a contest for the best tagline for your brand. Set a deadline, and then have a focus group to evaluate everyone’s ideas.
Or you can get physical with a movement challenge. Since office workers sit on their behind all day it’s a welcome relief to take a stroll to the water cooler. Set a goal for yourself, and gather other co-workers to join you on walks and keep track of how much you walk while at the office.
Throw Away the Task List
Most companies are efficient with project management systems anyway. If you typically map out your week, then take a week off. While the bit of chaos can be off-putting at first, it may free up your mind to be more creative in tackling more high profile projects.
If you’re typically unorganized then make a task list. Get a white board and fill out it with your ideas and tasks for the week. Stick to a schedule. At the end of the week check and see how you did. A little bit of organization goes a long way.
Have a Thought Contest
If you don’t already know your company’s mission, then get to the bottom of it. See if you can get your department to agree to one new great idea every quarter that helps the work environment. It could potentially lead to a company-wide initiative to improve the bottom line, or something simple like a new recycling plan.
Some people love getting competitive, while others may shy away because it gets too intense. Find your happy medium and dive into it full force. A healthy amount of competition keeps you on your toes and always innovating. Don’t get stuck in a rut, instead challenge yourself to find new ways of improving the work around you.