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Ways to Stay Motivated at Work


It can be tough to stay motivated at work, especially near that 2-3PM slump that always seems to hit if you’re working a 9-5 job. But thankfully, there are plenty of ways that can help you stay awake, refreshed and ready to finish the work day strong! At the end of the day, you certainly want to feel accomplished!

Stay Healthy!

Surprisingly staying motivated and alert has a lot to do with your personal health and hygeine. If you find yourself in a routine of eating unhealthy foods and living a sedentary lifestyle, then it may be hard to stay focused on the job.

Foods are the fuel for your body, and the more junk you put ito it, the more weighed down and sluggish you will feel. Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast, have a healthy lunch, take a walk during your lunch break, and drink plenty of water.

Maintaining good peronal hygiene and habits can boost your overall demeanor, and help you stay positive. Who doesn’t like to look in the mirror and see a winner? Go to bed on time and wake up refreshed. Don’t forget your vitamins!

Stay Organized!

It is very important to keep a list of your daily tasks and ensure that you are completing them to satisfaction. It can be tough to stay organized through memorization and you may feel as if you are not getting any of your necessary tasks done in a day. Keeping a written To-Do list or agenda book nearby can help you stay motivated to get the important stuff done. It’ll help keep the daily distractions from derailing you from your daily goals.

It may also keep you motivated and productive if you did not use an app or other digital means to store your lists. There is just something more personal if you keep to traditional pad and paper.

Set Goals!

To stay motivated in just about anything, including your job, you need to set goals. Make sure they are achievable and realistic goals. They also need to be obtainable and measurable to ensure you are making progress. When you see documented progress, you can’t help but feel the motivation that you are actually getting somewhere with your work! The more you complete, the more you will feel accomplished with the work that you have done.

Take Breaks!

Many people choose to chug through the daily grind and never take time for themselves. This will obviously cause an employee to burn out quickly and easily. You need to make sure to take breaks throughout the day and yes, that means taking your vacation time!

A recent study shows that most people working in the US do not finish their yearly allotted vacation days. They cite that it’s a poor reflection on you from a manager’s perspective if you exhaust your time off. Those days are rightfully yours, and some organizations do not allow for carry overs. Take the time to yourself and make sure to get the rest that you need so that you are ready to take on your work tasks.


Whether you are communicating about the job or just talking to co-workers, you need to make sure you are on the same page as well as remain “human” in your job position. Talking with co-workers about non-work related subjects can help you separate work and leisure, so you are focused when you need to be. Communicating about work can make sure that you are performing correctly and frequent check-ins and reports can keep you on the ball.

Set Rewards!

Reward-based training is not just for the dogs! It can be great for helping you stay on track and stay motivated during the day. Going out to dinner at night? Can’t wait for the gym? You can set little rewards for yourself so that as the day goes on, you can be content knowing you’re about to get a little present at the end of the day!

Staying motivated at work varies from person to person, and it is important to find out your weaknesses and make sure to stop them in action with these great tips. You’ll be quickly fighting off those workplace blues in no time and be congratulating yourself with a job well done!

Now, get out there and kick some work-day butt!

Resources on Amazon

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation