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Even the most motivated of employees occasionally experience a slump and need a boost to regain their normal motivation levels. This article presents seven methods to stay motivated at work and enhance performance when you are going through a period of low motivation.

It is well known that motivated employees are happier, more energetic, more enthusiastic, more productive, more driven and better performing than their unmotivated peers. Employers are always on the lookout for motivated employees and realize that motivation is often contagious and has positive spillover effects on the whole team. Even the most motivated of employees however, experience an occasional slump and need a boost to regain their normal motivation levels. Below, from the career experts at the Middle East's #1 job site Bayt.com, are 7 methods to stay motivated at work and enhance performance when you are going through a period of low motivation.

1. Clarify your goals

Nothing is more demotivating than working haphazardly without having a clear vision, mission and set of objectives for your work. Without a clear vision and knowledge of how your work impacts the big picture you may well end up spending a lot of time on urgent unimportant matters rater than tasks that positively impact the big picture. Clarify in no uncertain terms your vision, mission and objectives and focus on them beginning always with the end in mind. It is remarkable what you will achieve once you have honed in on your precise goals and can focus on them and visualize yourself achieving them.

2. Establish a clear game-plan for achieving your goals

Once you have clarified your vision and goals, formulate a detailed strategy for getting there and chart your progress on a regular and ongoing basis. Break down large complex projects into a series of manageable tasks that are interesting and achievable. Having a blueprint for success that is composed of clear, sensible milestones and achievable interesting tasks will greatly simplify and lend meaning to your daily routine and will also give you a feeling of control over your work and deadlines which largely boosts motivation. The more organized you are and can focus and adhere to accomplishing your goals according to your detailed blueprint for success, the more motivated you will be and the less likely you are to fall into a fit of panic or insecurity and lose confidence and motivation.

3. Ride the Wave of your Successes

Success is very stimulating. Work hard enough to achieve successful results and see how motivated you are to achieve further successes as you excel in your performance. Work hard, aim to overachieve your goals and ride the momentum of each success to achieve further successes. Remind yourself that once your vision is clear and you have a set of well-defined, reasonable objectives and milestones to reach, the secret of success is hard work, creativity and perseverance. Aim to ride the wave of each success to further the next success and channel the positive energy to achieving similar superlative performance in your next task or project. It is not always that you can ride the wave of euphoria that arises from a sound success story so make sure you leverage and take advantage of these bursts of energy and motivation to the extent possible.

4. Reward yourself

Reward yourself as you achieve your objectives and/or reach specific important milestones. Plan ahead what forms this reward will take and what tasks/projects/results will be rewarded. This will give you something to look forward to, extra drive to get there and a surge of excitement and enthusiasm when you do attain your desired goals.

5. Keep Things in Perspective

It is important to keep things in perspective and always remind yourself of why you work. Beside the pay, it is often about realizing your potential, feeling alive and useful, feeling connected, making a difference in the world, expressing creativity, expanding your skills and abilities, helping others and contributing to the community. List the reasons you entered the field you are in and when times are tough remind yourself of why you do the work you do. Also remind yourself that work is work and that you have a life outside of work to look forward to, enjoy and make a difference in.

6. Maintain a healthy work/life balance

It is very easy to lose yourself at work and forget what awaits you outside of the work arena. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential both for your general motivation level and your overall wellbeing. Make sure you take the time to do the things you like to do outside of work whether it be connecting with friends and family, exercising, reading, taking courses, shopping or other hobbies and activities that channel your creativity and energy. Having something to look forward to after work will see you through moments of drudgery at work when your motivation and energy levels are not as high as they could be and will also make you more productive at work.

7. Think positive

Negativity is a contagious affliction that drains you of energy, slows you down, saps your enthusiasm and blinds you to the reasons you work. Avoid negative feelings at all costs and concentrate on the positive. To do this, listen to motivational tapes, to music that particularly inspires you, read motivational books, talk to inspired or inspiring people, surround yourself with positive stimuli and concentrate on the reasons you work. Find things to laugh at as long as you are not laughing at your peers and count your blessings at every opportunity. Focus on positives regardless of how small or inconsequential they are whether it be a positive remark from a boss or peer, accomplishing your day's goals earlier than usual, overachieving on a small deliverable, working well with people, a looming vacation, completing a difficult task or any other positive stimulus.

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Reader's Comments

1. Poppy ChandlerGood points. One other dimension is to accurately understand your worth within your organization, and potentially within a competing organization. Motivation is difficult to maintain within systems that cannot accommodate high achievers. Keep eyes open for opportunities to shine!
Mon 28-Jul-2014 14:44 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
2. rachid abivery ineteresting..i ll share it with my friends and read it over and over..thank you bayt
Thu 25-Nov-2010 22:25 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
3. Badar Yousafjust excellent!
Mon 07-Jun-2010 06:29 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
4. زكريا عبد الواحد محمد الظافريvery good
Sun 18-Apr-2010 13:19 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
5. basma issajust in time...I've been waking up and thinking whats wrong with me..i'm falling down at work....and i just opened my email to find the answer from you...thanks from my heart
Mon 01-Mar-2010 03:27 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
6. Muhammad IrfanGr8 article.
Mon 08-Feb-2010 10:40 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
7. Sarhan AlasmariIt is a very good tips which can be suitable for every ones.......... Regards..
Tue 04-Aug-2009 09:38 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
8. slah adeem alasdi alasdiبصراحة الموضوع اعاد لي نشاطي في العمل اشكر الكاتب على هذه الافكار
Sat 01-Aug-2009 10:46 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
9. mohammed sabirreally I have no words to comment upon these very important articles on various aspect ...........thanks bayt.com
Mon 06-Jul-2009 11:25 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
10. Yusuf GarbaThank you Bayt.com for your Helpful ideas, it is a great job of work, well done!
Sun 03-May-2009 10:12 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
11. Aisha SiddiqahGood ideas given by the Bayt, to stay motivated seven days at work.I welcome your suggestions by heart. Thanks a lot.
Fri 10-Apr-2009 04:48 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
12. ajanta joonReally great ! What a brilliant support from Bayt.com. Thanks
Fri 10-Apr-2009 04:11 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
13. victor fouadIt's very effective article so i will sed it to my friends
Thu 09-Apr-2009 07:49 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
14. Jumana Rimawithe newsletter was sent just in time ..thank you bayt
Tue 07-Apr-2009 13:51 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
15. laura salibiGreat article - I have this hanging over my desk wih appropriate illustrations - thanks bayt!!!
Thu 02-Oct-2008 04:17 AM - Report Inappropriate Comment
16. Syed HussainiGood Guidelines for sincere progress.
Mon 07-Jul-2008 23:00 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment
17. John PayneAll very truthfull,and I will save this to post in my office.
Tue 25-Dec-2007 20:08 PM - Report Inappropriate Comment

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