Are the three cups of coffee not helping get you through your workday? Are you feeling unproductive and unmotivated? When you lack self-motivation, it can be challenging to find the enthusiasm to get the most out of your workday.
Your self-motivation isn’t measured by how much you can produce in a day, but by the number of great ideas you can generate—being motivated to be productive to get the most out of your days. If you aren’t feeling engaged by the work you are doing, then there is a problem. You won’t want to do your best work if you aren’t feeling it.
If you find yourself unmotivated at work, below are five reasons why you might not be getting more out of your workday.
1. Lack Inspiration
If you aren’t feeling inspired by your manager, and see your job as just a paycheck, you aren’t going to be motivated to perform at a high-level every day. You need to be motivated and inspired to be productive in your workday. If you are working for a manager who doesn’t inspire you, and isn’t positive, it can have an impact on how much you decide to give during your days in the office. If your leadership inspires you, you feel much more empowered to be productive during your workday.
2. Bad Communication
Communication that is lacking in the work environment can be hurtful to your motivation. If there is inadequate communication between employees and leadership is can have a negative effect on employees enthusiasm to be productive during the workday. Bad communication in the workplace can cause dissatisfaction.
If you aren’t getting as much done during your workday, it could be because you are distracted by other things during the day. Emails, social media, and chat with colleagues can all distract you from being productive during the workday. If you are easily sidetracked, it can be a reason you aren’t getting as much done during your workday.
4. Loss of Passion
If your working on tasks that you aren’t passionate about, you aren’t going to be productive during your workday. When you are fixated on tasks that are routine for the majority of your workday, you aren’t going to be as productive, as you would be if you were working on a project that lets you be creative and is something you are passionate about.
5. No Flexibility
A lot of employees work Monday to Friday 9 am-5 pm, each day they are fighting traffic into work. All this time doesn’t leave much time for doctor or dentist appointments. Not having the flexibility to attend necessary meetings, or having to stay late because they went to an appointment can start to make you wonder, “why am I working here?”. When you aren’t feeling appreciated at your job, you aren’t motivated to be productive. Today, people crave flexibility in their career, and if it is not offered, you won’t put your best effort forward.
Making the most of each workday means you have to make a deliberate effort to be more productive. Work smarter to help you get more out of your workdays by creating a schedule and a record of responsibilities that need to be completed and sticking to the list. Check off times as you complete them to see the proof of your accomplishments throughout the day. When you aren’t feeling motivated, you need to build your ambition to get the job done.
It is easier to make good use of your day if you do feel inspired, have secure communication with leadership, limited distractions, are passionate about your projects, and can be flexible in your schedule. If you feel appreciated by your management, you, in return, give the company your best work. Try doing things in the office that you are enthusiastic about to help you make the most of your workday.