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Different ways to find motivation during long hours at work.

Updated on January 23, 2013

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Motivation in the Workplace

Work is part of our life and it is important to keep ourselves motivated at work both to enjoy, and to benefit from the knowledge that we gather from our job experience. Here are some of the common tips to stay motivated at work for long hours.

Have good nights sleep and good breakfast

Start your day by enjoying a good relaxed night and having a healthy fulfilling breakfast. You need energy to work hard, to stay alert and to remain motivated all day.

Make New Friends

Make friends at work to make your time at work more enjoyable. Friends can be useful in helping you to get ideas if you are stuck on a project. Don't just make friends but also communicate with the seniors at your work who are helpful and are happy to share their experience so that you can learn different concepts from them and apply those ideas next time when you go through rough time. Making friends at work will make your workplace home-like. If you feel like home at work, you will love to go to work.

Go outside of the work area during your meal breaks

Taking yourself away from workplace will distract you from thinking about work all the time. Going to the nearby parks or trying different lunch meals at different restaurant are two separate ways among many other options to relax and get yourself distracted from the work stress for a while. Believe me, you will feel relaxed in a fresh air outside in an open field leading to an increase in oxygen level within your body. I always like to go to the nearby little park next to our training room and sit down on the bench and have my lunch there. It is my secret place and, oh boy!, I can't tell how much relaxed I feel after that.

Playing at work

Yes, play!" All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", you must have heard of it. Playing games or engaging yourself in activities that takes your mind off the work will refresh you. My husband plays Ping-Pong during his meal breaks in his work and he says it works best for him to recharge himself. He also made some good friends by playing with colleagues at work. Trust me, it works.

Exercise at work

Stretch couple of times during work, or go for a short walk. Some people love to go to the nearby Gym during their breaks to increase blood flow to the brain. General working hours are 8-9 hours and sitting down or standing on your feet for such a long time is not good for the blood circulation within your body. As the blood flow to your mind decreases, you become more tired and less stimulated to work. Exercise will increase oxygen level in your body naturally boosting your mood to work.

Rest at work

If you are working in a job where you have to stand on your feet all day, you would like to put your feet up and give your body a rest for a while. After your meal or in your break time, sit on the sofa, take off your shoes, put your feet up and close your eyes. It will really relax you. Various researches have proved that taking a short nap during the day gives your brain a boost and makes you more alert. I do always put my feet up and close my eyes for just ten to fifteen minutes after having my lunch at work. It makes me feel so better after just relaxing a bit.

Do research and study about your work

What else would make you smarter and keep you motivated at work other than studying? You will be smarter if you do research and come up with new ideas in your workplace. Share your ideas with your colleagues or use it for yourself, and you are the one who will get the promotion or you will develop the confidence by being more intelligent than others. It will be so good to get a pat from your boss at your back for being up to date with new researches related to the industry you work for!

Write a diary

Write about your activities at work, what you have learned, how did you cope on rough day and your achievements. Reflect on your work, see where were you a year ago or few months ago and see how much you have improved and how much experience you have gained. Jot down both good and bad experience that you have gone through and learn from it.

Help others at work

There is no doubt that we compete at work to get promotion, to get extra money, to gain more knowledge and to become more smarter, but helping others in need, especially new colleagues, who are struggling, will make you feel better about yourself. And, also, many times new comers come up with new ideas from whom you get something to learn as well. Don’t just think about your benefits, but also do things for others. Believe me! This is one of the secret way to keep you motivated always.


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      rosika 5 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Mathew! I am glad that you liked it!

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      Mathew Raindrops 5 years ago from India

      It is right that one need motivation at work. You have done a good job in explaining the same through you hub. Thanks a lot rosika.

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      rosika 5 years ago

      @michiganman567: Thanks for reading and stopping by to leave a is true that having a good boss is also very important at work.

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great tips. I think that the friends are the most important part. Finding a good boss is definitely the best way to make work more enjoyable.