Low motivation is popular amongst us, especially around this time of year… we have a few tips about how you can be sure that your motivation doesn’t get up and go.
Motivation is the desire and willingness to do something which requires a great deal of enthusiasm and purpose along with certain behaviours.
We require motivation to complete tasks, reach goals or milestones and set targets, however we may also require motivation to do day to day things such as getting up in the morning, going to work or cooking dinner.
We are all motivated in different ways and by different things because we all have different desires, the knowledge you need is to understand what truly motivates you.
- Coaching and Mentoring
If you are unsure of how to achieve a goal you set, want to develop personally or within your job role, need guidance and advice or specific topics etc; coaching and mentoring is a great way to start, being supported by a professional coach and mentor can enable you to set goals and targets with a clear path, keeping you focussed and motivated.
Tip: Regularly complete a SWOT analysis, to focus on Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and gradually see changes and development when certain aspects are met and developed.
The are many reasons why we can become de-motivated depending on the individual. However, being organised may encourage most people, as when we have a lot going on around us whether this may be too many emails to get through or too many clients to see, it is beneficial to organise your time and set realistic targets.
Fact: Allow time and accept interruptions because these are uncontrollable things that will happen throughout your day.
- Set realistic goals and/or targets
Setting realistic targets is very important, if you don’t do this you will be setting yourself up for failure which will lead to you being de-motivated and under pressure to do more the next day – so setting these realistic goals or targets must be reflective on how much you are able to realistically do.
Tip: Start by setting time limits to spend on certain things such as going through emails for an hour or only spending 15 minutes a day updating social media.
When we lack confidence, we convince ourselves naturally that we are unable to do something, improvement and developing our confidence is key as believing in yourself is a great behaviour to uphold. Make time to focus on the positives, milestones and achievements met already.
Fact: Every step is an achievement.
Planning is a great way to set your direction. Firstly set out a small plan which could consist of a short term goal and a long term goal, this will enable you to feel as though you are taking action and will enable you to set smaller milstones.
Tip: Direct your energy towards success and positives.