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Just In! Leader: Motivate Yourself!

November 30th, 2017


What’s hot?


Most managers know how to create a motivational environment for others.  Psychologist Nathan Feiles, MSW, LCSW-R, published a recent Psych Central article with ways to move yourself to action when the umph just isn’t there.

So what?


Every job has some responsibilities that are not appealing.  They can be boring or even brutal.  The outcome is the same.  You just don’t have your typical drive for achievement.  That’s when procrastination sets in and getting started can be a challenge. Perhaps that is why the average worker admits that they waste two hours a day on non-workplace related activities.   You don’t want to be “average” and you most likely don’t want to waste two hours a day (which adds up to roughly 520 hours a year)!

What to do?


Five suggestions for getting yourself jazzed to attack those dull or daunting tasks:

  1. Stop multitasking. When you try to divide your attention, it usually goes to the appealing work. Instead, devote your full and undivided self to the task at hand. When you do, your chances of completion go way up.
  1. Take a breath and jump in. Don’t overthink the task; it allows you room to procrastinate.  Think of it as jumping into a cool refreshing pool on a simmering day.  Close your eyes, take a few slow deep breaths, and after fully exhaling the last breath as far as you can, open your eyes and immediately leap into the task without another second’s thought.
  1. Commit to a few minutes. Tell yourself that you will give it a little bit of time.  Once a task is started, it’s easier to keep going.  Breaking through that starting wall is often the toughest part.
  1. Eliminate distractions.Hang a sign on your door/cubicle – Out of my mind.  Be back in 30 minutes.  Do what you need to do to stop being distracted by people, tasks, or telephone. Devise strategies to help you start and complete tasks without any distractions or interruptions.
  1. Disconnect from all devices – tablet, computer, mobile phone – until the task is finished. Shut them off and resist the urge to check them while you are working on the task.

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