Are you motivated at work? A lack of motivation hinders your performance at work. If there are troubles getting your tasks done, it is good to find out what motivates you and what does not. Understanding what affects your productivity is very important for positive results.
- Avoid Hyperbolic Discounting. This term describes the tendency that people tend to make decisions on stuff yielding an immediate reward. The term is taken from the economics. “We show a preference for rewards that arrive sooner rather than later” – Bart Shutz. Instant gratification correlates to missed opportunities. When making decisions which have long-term rewards, there is a positive feeling for a brighter outlook for the future.
- A Reward System. Most decision people make are based on a perceived outcome with the least amount of risk. Identify each step to reaching your goals with a reward at each milestone. Reaching and accomplishing the milestone will increase your motivation. There are various tools like mobile applications, wearable technologies, productivity software which aid that. Example wearables are FitBit and Flip Band.
- Prioritize Your Task List. A to-do list is useful only if constantly adding and accomplishing tasks there. Just adding items to the list results in an overwhelming amount of tasks, which results in a loss of productivity. One good approach is to use the so called Eisenhower Matrix. Invented by the President Dwight D. Eisenhower it is a four quadrant matrix where tasks are prioritized based on urgency and importance.
- Start the Night Before. Rather than setting your daily list in the morning, begin prioritizing your items the night before. You are more motivated in the mornings if you already have set it up the day before. It does not only include filing and prioritizing task lists, but you can tidy and put in order your workspace as well. According to Feng Shui, arranging the space around you can promote a flow of positive energy. So, why don’t you set it at the end of the day?
- Nutrition and brain. A healthy diet is important for a healthy lifestyle. If there is a struggle to get your things done, consider whether your nutrition is proper. Certain foods like carrots, seeds and nuts, dark chocolate are great boosters for your brain. Carrots are also good for your eyes. The concentration of luteolin in the brain decreases brain inflammation and increases memory function. Another important substance are the omega 3 acids. Seeds, nuts, fish and other products contain it and it is helpful to improve memory, lower stress related blood pressure and stabilize mood swings.
Being successful requires a great deal of motivation. Implementing these tips into your daily life will increase your motivation and bring you closer to your long term goals