Do you ever have those weeks at the office that just make you feel blah? Even if you can’t put your finger on exactly what’s making you feel unmotivated, you just can’t seem to get excited about anything. This is a common problem: According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, only 30% of workers were engaged in their workplace at the end of 2012.
There are a few ways to get around that wall when you hit it, and they all share a common theme. By making both small and significant changes to your routine, you can increase your engagement and motivation at the office. Here are some ways to make it happen:
- Sit in a new place. I have a co-worker who swears by this strategy when she needs a fresh perspective to get energized. Changing your surroundings can lead to more creativity and innovation. It’s like a little jump start for your brain. Talk to your supervisor about utilizing an empty desk or even heading out to a nearby coffee shop or café for an hour or so to reinvigorate your thoughts.
- Get moving. Sitting in one place all day can take a toll on your mind and body. Try taking a break every hour to get up, walk around the block, march up and down the stairs a few times, whatever. You’ll give yourself a nice little energy boost, and you’ll be keeping your body active and healthy.
- Volunteer for new projects. Your daily work can get monotonous after awhile. See if you can get involved with an organizational project that sounds interesting to you. This might mean serving on a holiday party committee or joining a brainstorming group that’s looking to improve efficiency around the office. Whatever captures your interest, it can get your mind focused on new and different things.
- Keep learning. Many workplaces offer opportunities to take classes, attend training sessions, or go to conferences as a way to help employees learn about and grow within their industry. If you haven’t been proactive about this in the past, now is a great time. Not only will new opportunities give you something new to focus on, but you’ll also have something specific to look forward to. If your supervisor is concerned about expenses, look for local opportunities that won’t cost a lot.
And if you need additional inspiration to reinvigorate your days at work, just remember that employees who show initiative, energy, and enthusiasm can better justify why they deserve promotions and raises. So let your paycheck and your job title be your motivators!