Now and then, you lose your motivation.
Motivation is what drives you to be successful, to achieve your goals, perform better and is your general willingness and desire to do something. According to the American Psychological Association, “motivation is important in almost every aspect of human behaviour” and even plays a huge role in the decisions you make.
Usually, motivation comes easily with new projects, jobs and aims you set. But as time goes on, you may begin to struggle to find the desire to carry on and reach your end goal.
We understand that this can occasionally happen. It’s normal.
So, here are our top 5 tips to increase your productivity, for when you need it most:
1. Start Small
No matter what your goals are, it’s important to start small. Why? Well, this is because smaller goals are easy to achieve over a short period. Instead of trying to do everything all at once, break it up in smaller, more manageable objectives.
For example, your goal is to run a half marathon by Christmas. Instead of trying to do it all at once, set yourself some milestone goals, such as 5K, 10K, 16K etc.
As you hit your milestone goals, you’ll unleash our good ol’ friend dopamine. Dopamine is a motivator and helps to keep you focused and regulates motivation. Researches at Universitat Jaume I of Castellón found dopamine is not just a reward chemical but, depending on which pathway it takes in the brain “dopamine leads to maintain the level of activity to achieve what is intended.”
2. Commitment Buddy
Some days you wake up eager and motivated for the day ahead, other days you might find yourself snoozing your alarm on repeat.
A commitment buddy (also known as an accountability buddy) is someone who will hold you accountable for your actions, or lack of. These buddies do for you what you often can’t do for yourself, provide you with helpful advice, feedback and cheer you on.
So that thing you started but didn’t finish, your accountability buddy will be there to ask why? Provide constructive feedback and make sure you follow through!
3. Your Space
Whatever it is your doing, consider your surroundings. Does your workspace inspire you? Is it quiet or loud? Is your equipment, be it running shoes or desk and chair comfortable to use? These are all things that can influence your motivation and productivity levels.
If you’re working in a dark room, with the curtains closed and last nights dishes sat in the corner, there’s a chance you’re not getting a lot of work done, or feeling very productive.
Ensure your surroundings are clean, tidy and optimised for you. This can help you to feel happier in your space, and when you feel happier and comfortable in your space, you’ll be more productive.
A study published by Murnane et al. found, changing your environment may help to improve your memory retention. Whilst another study published in ScienceDirect notes “numerous studies have consistently demonstrated that characteristics of the physical office environment can have a significant effect on behaviour, perceptions and productivity of employees”. Try changing up the decor, adding some motivational wall art or getting a nice cushion for your chair. Anything that helps you feel more comfortable.
Motivation can mean everything when it comes to you and your goals, and the lack of it is a major productivity killer. Taking time out to look at what is affecting your motivation and how you can help it can make all the difference.
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