Sometimes we get in a rut. We go about our daily work in the same routine without much fanfare. That’s ok every now and then, but when you start to dread going to work or don’t feel like doing much once you get there, that can be a problem. If this is you; wake up! It’s time to snap out of it and get your motivation back.

So how do you get your mojo back? What can you do to start being happy and productive at work again? Here are 5 tips to help you stay or get motivated at work:

  1. Make a list. Yep, take a few minutes and write down everything you have to do. Prioritize the list. Then make a daily to do list. Try to tackle one tough project early in the day. It can feel great to cross something significant off the list early in the day.
  2. Be positive. Sometimes when we lose motivation we become a little more negative. Don’t give in to that feeling. Think positive thoughts. Don’t engage in office gossip or talk to co-workers that will bring you down.
  3. Look for new challenges. If you’re not feeling inspired, try asking your manager for a new project. Or maybe even ask for ideas on how you could shake up your existing tasks. Look for opportunities to insert some creativity or excitement.
  4. Reward yourself. When you finish a project or receive really great feedback, let it soak in. Consider rewarding yourself for a job well done.
  5. Check your work/life balance. If you’re stressing out too much about one or the other, acknowledge it and figure out how you can even out your life. It’s not always easy, but at least if you can recognize and identify what the problem is; you can start working to correct it.

We all have tough days, projects we don’t want to start, problems we don’t want to solve or phone calls we don’t want to make. It’s how we tackle these challenges and turn them into positive experiences that can make a difference. Keep your attitude in check and look for the bright side of every task you do. Your days will go faster, you will feel better when you get home and you may even start to crack a smile during the work day. It takes too much time and energy to be negative and unmotivated. Save your energy for the good stuff!

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka


Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.