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.


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Below are 7 methods to stay motivated at work and enhance performance when you are going through a period of low motivation:

Seven Steps to Staying Motivated

  • Exercise early in the morning before you walk in to office.
  • Set a goal and visualize it down to the minutest detail.
  • Make a list of the reasons you want to accomplish the goal.
  • Break the goal down into smaller pieces and set intermediary targets — and rewards.
  • Have a strategy, but be prepared to change course.
  • Get the help you need.
  • Pre-determine how you will deal with flagging motivation.

Negativity is a contagious affliction that drains you of energy, slows you down, saps your enthusiasm and blinds you to the reasons you work. 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.

To succeed in the workplace, you need to be at your best, and you can only truly be at your best when you are motivated to work. With the proper inner drive, everything can seamlessly fall into place.

Maryam Riaz
Clinical Psychologist
Willing Ways, Islamabad