Time Management Guide Part 17
The Problem With Staying Motivated
Many jobs lose their charm after some time if nothing out of the
way is done to make the job interesting.
To make things worse, there are too many distractions around us.
We end up thinking that this is not the job that I wanted to be
When we get a new job, for the first couple of weeks we are like
the peasant boy who walked into a new palace. Every thing is new
and interesting and our interest is completely captured.
We try to learn things as quickly as possible and are eager to
impress and prove to the world that we are perfect for the job.
But after a few months we get used to everything and slowly everything
begins to lose the charm. We get bored and start looking for greener
It is at this stage that procrastination starts raising its villainous
head. If the tasks that we are doing are repetitive and monotonous,
the picture becomes bleaker.
Speaking from the Organizational Behavior point of view let us
take a look at what motivation is all about.
The human brain is a virtual store house of energy. There is nothing
that we cannot do once we put our mind to it. But along with that
comes another side. The same brain is easily distracted.
In fact our imagination is probably the one thing that can travel
faster than light. And so it is no easy task to keep the brain occupied
in the same task for an extended period of time.
How To Stay Motivated
can be thought of as the process of channeling the surplus energy
of the brain towards a definite goal or purpose.
how long can the human mind focus on the same thing. Studies have
shown that the maximum attention span of an average human being
is just 45 minutes. 45 minutes?
much for those meetings and discussions that lasted for three or
four hours! No wonder nothing much comes out of such meetings.
all likelihood most of the audience opted out after the first 45
minutes and after that focused their attention on staying awake.
you have a good boss or superior, then the task of keeping you motivated
rests with them. But even then you have the responsibility to keep
self motivation is the best motivation because it comes from within.
here are a few tips on how to ward boredom away and keep you motivated.
On How To Stay Motivated
Never keep doing the same task for too long
Try to take breaks every half an hour. Get up and walk or do
some stretching exercises
Try to alternate between two boring tasks. This will reduce
the boredom in both tasks by 50%
If you have someone else with you who is doing the same job,
try exchanging jobs with the person
Talk about your job to a sympathetic listener who can give you
Reward yourself once you have done a job well
If you have an uninteresting job left to do, write it down and
pin it somewhere in your work station so that you can see it
and get constantly reminded about it till you do it.
Try to make your work environment more attractive by pinning
up some motivating words or some pleasant wall posters, preferably
something that can make you smile.
If you are allowed to, try playing some soft music while you
Write down a list of not-so-interesting tasks that you have
done and pin it up. It just tells you that if you have done
it before, then you can surely do it again
If possible keep a small potted plant near your work station;
watching it grow is a wonderful source of inspiration. But take
care to look after it properly. If you are going to watch it
wilt and die, then it is going to have the opposite effect.
Take time to relax, just sit back and close your eyes and hum
a favorite tune for a minute or two. But do not fall asleep!
note regarding rewarding yourself. The reward does not have to be
anything great. It can be something like treating yourself to a
good dinner in a favorite restaurant or it could be a simple chocolate
bar if you have a sweet tooth.
most of you weight watchers, it would be best if you could buy yourself
something material that does not just go down your throat. If it
is something that can be displayed in your work station, then itís
all the better.
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