October 3rd, 2016
One of the biggest challenges you can face is staying motivated at work. It’s a lot easier said than done. As you pursue your passions, losing your motivation is probably the last thing on your mind. Since you are finally doing what you love, you have moved motivation to the back burner as something that will self-replicate as time moves forward. That’s a mistake.
While you may be motivated to the ends of the Earth and so pumped you can hardly contain it, that may not be the case for your team or employees. No one is going to be as excited about your business as you are, and they’re not going to be as automatically motivated as you either. Don’t lose touch with what it’s like to be an employee.
A few simple tips coupled with your natural awesomeness can go a long way for both you and your team. Let’s check them out:
Not to sound like a broken record, but setting goals is pretty much the most important thing you can do for yourself and your business. This falls in line with creating your business plan and mission statement in the beginning. You want to make sure that everything aligns toward a common set of goals.
Whether you have a small team or tons of employees, it’s part of your job to keep them inspired and motivated too! Here they are, helping you build your dreams. You don’t owe it to them, but it’s a nice gesture to care. I’ve seen businesses too many times that didn’t invest in their people or give them an outlet for their talents. It’s the biggest mistake you can make. Don’t just be an inspiration, but create a positive environment where everyone has a voice.
Many entrepreneurs spend more hours on their own business than they did at a job, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you have a family, it’s important to maintain a balance between work and life. Even if you don’t have a family, you need time for yourself even if working on your business feels like working on yourself. Always running at full speed ahead causes wear on the machinery. Make sure you are taking the proper amount of recovery time. This is the only way to have maximum efficiency.
Don’t be afraid to spend some downtime with your team. Go out for drinks, shoot a little pool, or just hang out for an office barbecue. Staying motivated at work is so much more than the work side of things. Outside influences can affect your people and their work. Build real relationships with your team and invest in them. You might just find yourself to be a mentor and the inspiration for them to do big things themselves.
One of the best methods for staying motivated at work is by feeding off others. Lead and motivate, and that is what you’ll get back in return from your people. You are the leader. You set the culture, mood, environment, and motivation for your own small army. Be what you want them to be. Lead them, and they will follow and become leaders in their own right.
Staying motivated at work starts with a state of mind. You set the precedent. Make motivation a priority and your team and business will thrive. How are you staying motivated at work? Do you have any tips that work well for you that are missing from our list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.