Motivation for most people is full of ebbs and flows, of spurts of high level concentration and lows of Netflix binge watching. How can you be more consistently productive throughout your work week?
- Surround yourself with inspirational people or stories. If you can’t find these people in real life, listen to a podcast, read a book, or watch a video that gives a similar effect. Finding a relatable successful person will make it seem like if they can do it, you can too.
- Start your morning right. If you wake up and spend an hour on your phone, you’re spending the first hour of your day consuming information that will probably be forgotten in a couple of hours. In other words, you’re wasting your time. Instead, spend the first hour of the day doing something you really love, like reading, yoga, walking, painting, etc.
- Work in increments. Most people who work for eight hours a day aren’t highly productive for the full eight hours. Setting alarms for periods of time when you’re fully focused on your task makes you a lot more productive overall. Working for 40 minutes and taking short 5-10 breaks in between helps you stay concentrated for chunks of time and eases the guilt of checking your phone or working on separate tasks during the breaks.
- Exercise. Spending a couple of minutes to stretch or take a walk outside is a great way to refresh. Exercising before or after work will help you feel more awake throughout the day.
- Realize that you’re the one in charge of your motivation. You’re the one who decides between taking another break and working harder. Change your mindset and see the results.