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How to find your motivation for work

In order to work efficiently and effectively, you need proper work motivation. Without it, the effort put into work seems pointless and irrelevant. However, we often don’t know how to find the motivation we need. It’s not easy, but with some effort, it’s absolutely doable.

Motivation is a very individual thing, each of us encourages himself or herself to work in a different way. There are two types of factors that affect our motivation, external and internal. The first category covers everything that surrounds us and concerns our work directly, such as the salary or comparison with other employees. In turn, internal factors are our needs, finding the purpose of our work and what drives us to act.

It’s good to realise that the main stimulus motivating us to work should be the awareness that everything depends only on us and our decisions. These decisions are the key factor that determines if we want to do something or not. If our choices reflect our needs, we are able to live in harmony with ourselves and, consequently, carry out our tasks more diligently and more readily.

This is why at the very beginning, before taking up a given task, we need to think why we want to do it, how we want to do it, and what measures we want to use. Visualising one’s goal is very helpful. If we define the goal, we try more because we know exactly what we are after. In defining and carrying out the plan, tools such as Motiveo, allowing us to monitor the effects of our tasks as we go, may be helpful. Skilful use of the results provided by the platform may translate to more motivation. An employee that understands what is required of him or her and sees that the effects of his or her work are objectively and regularly verified may work in a better and more effective way.

Another way to boost one’s motivation is to list all of the benefits following from completing the task – do not limit them, not all of them need to be logical. The more reasons for acting you find, the easier it will be to start the work.

It’s also good to remember about planning: dividing the task into smaller elements and completing them one by one may work well. The most demotivating thing at work is usually the need to carry out a complex project that is just one item on the list. If the project is broken down into particular tasks, work will go ahead. Dividing a task into several smaller tasks is very motivating: if we see that the list contains something that can be done in a short time, it’s easier for us to start. The rest of the work will also go quicker.

Attitude is crucial in the entire process of motivation: if we have a positive approach to work, everything will be much easier. Even repeating seemingly obvious clichés like ‘I will make it’ or ‘I will do this’ may give you a boost and help you work more effectively. Believing in oneself is very important, and a vision of success stimulates actions. Small pleasures after achieving the goal are a good idea, too: rewarding oneself may also be motivating.