Millions of words have been said and written about how to stay motivated and focused at work, however, for many, these standard sets of concentration practices simply don’t work. Monique Valcour, a well-known coach and management professor, offers a look at the problem from a different perspective.
If discipline is not for you
If you are one of those who diligently draw up recommended work schedules, build a step-by-step plan for the day, but at the end of the day realize that they haven’t even completed a half of it, reproaching themselves with ineffectiveness, irresponsibility and craven spirit, then:
- Admit that you are different and show self-compassion to yourself. Constant self-recrimination and dissatisfaction with yourself only lower your self-esteem, and with it the desire to do anything. Compassion, on the other hand, will help you to accept your weaknesses, so you will not need to continue to battle with them, and will also give you the opportunity to recall past successes and praise yourself for them, raising your motivation for new achievements.
- During the next 1-2 weeks, keep track and note what takes your time during the day. Subsequently, this will help you to understand how you can improve your workflow by reducing minor tasks that you are distracted by.
Listen to yourself
If you are tired of sitting at your workplace, take your laptop to the nearest cafe. A change of scene always has a positive effect on productivity and creativity.
And maybe you are one of those who can’t stay in one place all day. Who said you can’t combine business with pleasure? Feel free to go for a short walk. The thought process does not cease when you move away from the computer. In fact, the most effective thoughts often come when you are away from it.
Find your strategy for moving toward a goal
Try to practice several options of setting tasks and stick to the one that suits you the most. This may be a single goal that you need to achieve by the end of the day, or a list of small steps which will help you get closer to the same result.
At the end of the day, think about and write down what helped you to fulfill each task, down to a cup of rich coffee or your favorite track. Thus, by the end of the month you will have a list of working personal motivations that boost efficiency and allow you to achieve your goals without beating yourself up, at a positive and relaxed pace.