It can be difficult finding the motivation to carry on when you are a Manager, or running your own business. It can feel as though you have to cope with all of the pressure without any of the fun. But each individual business woman needs to have motivation otherwise what is the point of working towards something?
Stress is a huge problem for so many business people nowadays, with our 24/7 lifestyles and access to information all the time. With recent estimates stating that in 2012 there were 10.4 million days lost to stress in the UK, it is more important than ever to have good motivation. Even if a company isn’t losing days to absenteeism, there is the bigger problem of employees turning up to work tired, disengaged and unmotivated. With this in mind we have put together a list of things that you should keep in mind when you are having a bad day at work, or feeling like working this hard is not worth it.
HAVE A PURPOSE IN MIND
Whether you feel the purpose for work is to make money, or help your company achieve its goal – never lose focus on it. If you feel aimless when you go into work, then make
sure you associate the act of going into work with fulfilling your purpose. Or maybe the corporation you work for can be your purpose, for example working for a charity is a great source of motivation for a lot of people.
IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
If you always feel like you are doing the same tasks, day in and day out then it is up to you to expand your skills and approach your work differently. You should try to mix up your days a bit so you don’t end up in the same routine every day, the more you learn the more you will be able to apply your skills as you go. It is extremely motivating to know that you have learnt something new that will make you better at what you do.
MAKE AN EFFORT WITH YOUR TEAM
If one of the reasons you do not feel motivated is because you don’t get on particularly well with the rest of your workmates, then change it. Make a real, concerted effort to befriend them and your working day will feel much brighter. If something has gone on in the past that causes you not to get along then make an effort to put it to one side and start fresh. You spend most of your life at work, so it is well worth the effort to get on with those around you.
There are few things more deflating than having to constantly ask for help. The sooner you are able to carry on with all aspects of your work, the better you will feel and you will look forward to going into work. It is arguably the most important thing if you are an entrepreneur, as that is the goal you have when setting up your own business, not having to rely on people by the end.
LIFE OUTSIDE WORK
Some people do not feel that excelling at work is so important, it is about facilitating their lives away from work. If that is what drives you then that is fine, but make sure you always have something to look forward to or you may lose focus.
You will hopefully be able to relate to at least one of these points, meaning when you are feeling deflated and unmotivated you can think of them and pull yourself out of your rut.
This blog has been provided by the Manager of The Ann Robertson Centre, who is a woman motivated by the great work her charity does and her family.
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