Have you ever accomplished some Herculean task in record time? Have you ever looked forward to some responsibility or activity with such enthusiasm that it immediately moved to the front of your to-do list? This is because you were motivated in some way to complete that specific action, or achieve the results that its performance delivered.
This is simple motivation at work.
You eat fluids and drink foods every day because of a powerful instinctual motivation to survive. Unfortunately, not everything you do in life is going to be accompanied by such a strong motivation. That’s why you have to learn to motivate yourself.
Develop a reward system whereby you will reward yourself when you accomplish a certain number of tasks. This can be a physical or financial reward, a dinner with your favorite food or a night out with friends. Make sure you don’t “fudge the numbers” to reach your award. In other words, you don’t receive your award until you have accomplished the tasks you have set up to finish.
Remember Your “Big Why”
Another powerful motivational tool is to remember your “big why” attached to the job at hand.
What is the big reason why you are performing a particular task? Work responsibilities may be tied to a big promotion or raise. Prioritizing time to spend with loved ones may be important to you because of the wonderful emotions those encounters deliver.
Reminding yourself why you need to take a particular action may be all the motivation you need to stop procrastinating.
Set Time Limits
Some people are motivated more when they set tight deadlines, so don’t be afraid to do this with yourself. True, self-imposed deadlines aren’t quite as motivating as deadlines that come from external sources, but they can still make a difference!
Parkinson’s Law states: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. In other words, if you have all day to complete a task, you’ll be far less motivated to do it, it’ll take longer and you’ll probably spend a lot of time procrastinating! Give yourself less time and the same work will take less time.
Never Forget How Far You’ve Come
Lastly, if you’re working towards a bigger goal that seems to be taking a long time to happen, never forget how far you’ve come. If you’re growing a business, regularly take stock of your metrics (like revenue, customers, social media followers etc.) and look back on this when you’re feeling less motivated.
It’ll help to show you what’s possible!
To Your Success…