Create A Structured Schedule
Time is easy to slip away without structure. Without a schedule in place, you could find yourself allowing your workdays to continue shifting later and later. This can result in you extending your nightshift’s to later in the day which can result in staying up late.
You could even find yourself getting distracted throughout the workday. A task that is supposed to take around 20 minutes can end up taking nearly 2 hours.
This is why it’s essential to not only create a schedule but to stick to it. You want a defined start for your workday and an established time where you stop. From there, you want to remain as consistent as possible with your schedule.
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Give Yourself a Dedicated Workspace
When you are looking to boost your motivation, you want to give yourself a dedicated workspace. While it could be tempting to get some work in while you’re laying in bed, that’s not ideal.
When you start working in bed, it can make you associated getting in bed with work. This is the last thing you want to do. Getting in bed should be associated with only sleep. When you begin to use your bed for other tasks, it can negatively interfere with the quality of your sleep. When you start having difficulty sleeping, it can negatively impact your performance. A lot of sleep experts recommend that you only use your bed for sleeping and sex for this reason.
While it’s certainly a comfortable place to look over spreadsheets, it’s not an ideal one. You want to create and stick to using a dedicated workspace in your office or the corner of your living room. That way, you don’t start associating your bed with work.
Give Yourself Blocks To Work With
A good way to break up your workday and to make it seem much more manageable is by breaking things down into work blocks. Give yourself blocks of time where you focus on certain tasks. Doing this can break up large projects into much more manageable tasks.
This will give you more motivation to continue moving forward because you won’t have that lingering feeling of having a big project being due. It’s much easier to complete smaller tasks than it is a big project. Therefore, break the big project up into smaller tasks and you’ll find yourself checking off boxes much quicker. Finishing a couple of invoices is much easier sounding than telling yourself you need to finish 50 of them by lunchtime.
This is not only going to make things increasingly manageable, but it will also help hold yourself accountable and even track your time. After all, you’re not going to have time to go on social media and watch videos on Tik Tok when you have a task that needs to be completed shortly. It will give you much more focus knowing that you are going to be able to take a short break after you complete the short block of work.
Limit All Distractions and Interruptions
When you are looking to maintain optimal motivation, you should focus on limiting distractions and interruptions. The best way to do this is by putting yourself in a situation where you won’t have them in the first place. You can do this by muting your phone or even putting it on Do Not Disturb mode. That way, you don’t have your phone vibrating or ringing when you are in the middle of doing something.
If you are working from home and you have kids, try to find ways to keep them from interrupting you. Whether it be giving them something to do or having someone look after them. You want to establish a set of rules when working. Let them know what they can and cannot interrupt you for. When they follow the rules, you can give them rewards for doing so.
Practice The 10 Minute Rule
It can be very difficult to get yourself to complete a task that you aren’t necessarily thrilled with doing. It doesn’t matter what’s stopping you from doing it, you need to get yourself started one way or another.
The best way to do this is by implementing what is known as the 10-minute rule. This is where you tell yourself you only have to do something for 10 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, you get to choose whether or not you continue. A lot of the time, getting started is the biggest barrier to productivity. More often than not, you’ll find that once you get going you won’t even want to stop.
A lot of people work much better and with more effort when they know they are getting something in return. For instance, you can reward yourself with some television watching time if you finish your work by a certain time. Or you can enjoy some video games if you get your work done early.
By giving yourself some inventive to finish the task, you should be able to give yourself the motivation you need to get it done. This will give you a better sense of what you can do when you put your mind to it.
Continue To Challenge Yourself
A lot of times, you might only need to motivate yourself by challenging yourself. For instance, you may decide that you are going to compete to see whether or not you can type a certain number of words in an hour. Once you see how much you can do, you will be able to push yourself even harder the next time.
Continue to try to challenge yourself in new ways. That way, you can give yourself ample incentive to continue bettering yourself and pushing yourself harder.