16 Quick Tips to Stay Motivated in the Workplace

16 Quick Tips to Stay Motivated in the Workplace

From time to time we all lack a little motivation; It can be down to not feeling so well in ourselves, stressful times in our lives, or simply because the sun is shining outside and we really don’t want to be stuck in the office. Whatever the reason, finding ways to boost motivation will help improve productivity and serve you well.

For a little inspiration, here are a few quick tips on how to stay motivated in the workplace, as well as how to motivate your employees.

  1. 1. Turn off your social media

Turning off your social media feeds will help you to avoid distractions and therefore motivate you towards doing more work! The same can be said for checking emails too often and always answering text messages when they come in.

  1. 2. Plan tomorrow’s workload

Planning out your work for the next day will give you goals which are motivating on their own. By having clear objectives for the following day, you’ll want to tick off those items on your to do list and it will push you to achieve more.

  1. 3. Exercise

Exercise is super-motivating, so when you feel like your motivation is dipping downwards, head outside for a quick walk around the block. The fresh air and the endorphins from moving your body will clear your mind and motivate you to get more work done.

  1. 4. Use productivity apps

There are many productivity apps and time management tools around which can help you to plan your work and keep you ticking along when your motivation might be dipping. Make use of the features, such as alarms and to do lists, to get the most out of the app you choose.

  1. 5. Check what you are eating

Certain foods are renowned for giving you a boost of energy, and with it motivation. Make sure you’re eating healthy, fresh foods, and are avoiding sugary snacks, which will give you sugar highs and lows.

  1. 6. Have a plan

What is your overall plan in life? What do you want to achieve? Keep reminding yourself that you are on the journey towards that destination, and the thought alone should keep you going.

  1. 7. Managers should act as a role model

Managers need to be a role model for employees, so look towards your manager and see if you can spot the traits that you want to emulate. For instance, do they arrive on time? Are they organized? Are there other noticeable traits?

Having a role model is a very motivating factor in the workplace.

  1. 8. Work with small milestones

Large jobs can be overwhelming and can cause procrastination to creep in. When you break those jobs down into smaller chunks, not only do they seem more achievable, but you’ll get a boost of motivation to continue when you tick off a milestone. Before you know it, the job will be done.

  1. 9. Do not take on too much

Thinking that you need to please everyone and say ‘yes’ to every job that comes your way is just going to overwhelm you. There is nothing motivating about feeling like you’re bogged down with too much work. Avoid saying ‘yes’ to things you really can’t fit in.

  1. 10. Cut down on unneeded meetings

Do you attend everything meeting? Only go to the ones which are necessary, and for the others, simply send your apologies and ask for notes. By scheduling your time better and avoiding unnecessary drains, you’ll motivate yourself to achieve more.

  1. 11. Use a rewards system

Rewarding yourself with something at the end of the day, or at the end of a task is a great way to motivate yourself to get it done! For instance, if you want to finish a large job, tell yourself that you’ll have a takeaway that evening, if you get it finished. Hands down you’ll be finished early!

  1. 12. Use positive affirmations

Find an affirmation which really resonates with your mind and pushes you to keep going at work. Write it down and stick it to your monitor, and whenever you’re finding that motivation

  1. 13. Listen to motivational podcasts

Podcasts are another great way to gleam some inspiration and motivation when the mood is lacking. Find a few gems to listen to when needed.

  1. 14. Use a little competition

Many people find competition motivational. So, if you have a colleague who does the same kind of work as you, consider a friendly contest to see who can finish first (while maintaining positive results)!

  1. 15. Declutter your workspace

It’s common knowledge that a tidy desk means a tidy mind. While some might find creativeness in clutter, tidying up your desk could make you more motivated overall.

  1. 16. Take regular breaks

It’s not counterproductive at all if you take breaks every so often. This means you have a clearer mind, and you’re therefore more likely to do what you need to do.


These are all top tips to help motivate you in the workplace. See how many work for you and feel free to give us some more in the comments!

Eran Abramson
Eran Abramson

Eran Abramson has vast background in entrepreneurship, marketing, and content and is an editorial contributor at Knowmail, while also contributing tech and industry related coverage at ReadWrite. VentureBeat, LifeHack, and more.

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