Doing the same thing over and over is OK for some people. It is definitely not OK for others. Our motivation can wane if we constantly do work we can do easily. It makes for a less fulfilling work day. This is what workplace balance is all about.
Within your workplace, you can identify ways to take on extra tasks or even pitch special projects to the boss. Most workplaces will be happy if you want to work on a special task, as long as it doesn’t replace your focus on the work at hand. Having something you are working on that is new, special and challenging can help you finish your standard workload quicker because you have something to look forward to.
If you are self employed, try looking at new products, special offers or new ways to engage with customers in your business. Think of ways you can stretch a little further through gaining new customers, providing a better service or expanding what you offer. It doesn’t have to be an over-haul and it doesn’t have to be a grand project. Just enough to sink your enthusiasm into is enough.
However, if in neither situation you haven’t got room to spread your wings, all doesn’t have to be lost.
Try something like launching a blog or side project. Take up a new sport that requires you to improve and level up such as a martial art.
Make good use of your spare time through creating something that makes you feel the same high you’d expect from a job.
Another common way to lose all motivation is to take on tasks you are not ready for. Ways that you can overload yourself and take on things that make you feel overwhelmed as opposed to stretched are:
Whatever the case, it’s time to practise the art of saying no and take a few steps back from the coalface. Setting yourself up to become jaded, de-motivated and over-worked is common in our society.
Continuously pushing yourself to do too much, to feel at sea with the work, pinning your hat on the “go-to-person” mantra, and not giving yourself moments to reflect on what you do will kill your passion for the work.
Look for the opportunities to take your workload back to a manageable level to improve performance and productivity.
As I’ve mentioned before, getting into the flow of activity should be your main aim. Try and pick that nice centre spot where you can enjoy the stress without being a slave to it. And banish boredom wherever possible.
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After growing up in a dusty farming district where happy moments were few and far between, Rebekah packed a bunch of books and headed off in pursuit of education, the sea and a sense of anonymity that simply can’t be found in a town of 200.
Keenly aware she was an outsider, Rebekah attempted to discover happiness via five universities, island living, and all the wrong kind of activities before she triumphantly discovered she was potentially the happiest marketing nerd alive.
Rebekah has carved out a career through connecting people. She spent over seven years working in the dating industry, has worked agency-side in the tough Asian advertising world, and now freelances in marketing and content creation for community, social enterprise and startup ideas.
When she isn’t listening to prog and post rock as it pours out of her partner’s guitar, she’s connecting women as the Head of Disruption for Discordia Zine, marketing and writing as Unashamedly Creative, advocating for freelancer happiness via the Freelance Jungle, or being reminded that life is random, creative and silly by her Labrador, Gibson.
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