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Transform Your Workday: 20 Simple Ways to Boost Your Motivation at Work

Photo of Andy Cakebread Andy Cakebread 08 December 2023
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Have you ever found yourself watching the clock at work, eagerly waiting for 5 o’clock? If so, you’re not alone. Based on Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace, only 15% of employees feel engaged at work. It’s a common scenario where many get stuck in a monotonous routine, struggling to find motivation.

But, here’s a little secret – you have the power to turn this around and make your workday an exciting adventure (yes, you read that correctly!).

In this Thankbox article, we’ll explore 20 actionable strategies to spark your work motivation. We'll look at a variety of approaches, ranging from sprucing up your workspace to perfecting time management, as well as cultivating strong professional bonds.

So, let’s transform your workday from ordinary to extraordinary. Let’s go!

20 motivating tips for your 9-5 workday

As we look at boosting your motivation, it’s worth noting that it’s not a solo journey. If you want to inspire others, that’s a whole different ball game. Check out our article on motivating your team for more info.

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Moving forward, let’s focus on you. While procrastination is easy (does anybody else rearrange the sock drawer?), motivation goes hand in hand with success. So, let’s keep the momentum going and dive into the list:

1. Embrace a positive attitude

First things first. A positive mindset is key in the workplace. It’s not just about seeing the glass as half full – it’s about filling it up! And what better way to spread positivity than through appreciation and recognition?

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With tools like Thankbox, you can send group greeting e-cards chock-full of messages, GIFs, photos, and videos for a work anniversary or celebrating a team success story. It’s a seamless way to uplift spirits and strengthen your workplace relationships.

2. Create an inspiring workspace

Your workspace is your mini-universe. Make it a place where you love to be. A splash of colour, a comfy chair, a plant or two (or three if you’re like us), or even some cool desk accessories can make a difference. It’s all about creating a fun environment.

3. Break tasks into smaller chunks

Facing a mountain-sized task? Break it down into smaller steps. Dividing a big project into bite-sized pieces makes it less intimidating and more manageable. Plus, who doesn’t love ticking off tasks?

4. Find your peak productivity hours

We all have that golden hour (or hours) when we’re in the zone. Identify when you feel most alert and productive, and schedule your most challenging tasks for then. It’s like surfing, catch the right wave and you’ll ride smoothly – and you’ll look good doing it!

5. Embrace short breaks

Ever felt burnt out by noon? That’s a sign you need to step back and take a breather. Regular short breaks are vital. They’re like pit stops in a race, giving you a moment to recharge and refuel.

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6. Prioritise tasks

Not all tasks are created equal. Identify what’s most critical and tackle those tasks first. It’s about being smart with your time and energy.

7. Limit distractions

In a world full of pings and rings, distractions are the arch-nemesis of focus. Find ways to minimise them. Maybe it’s turning off notifications or finding a quieter space to work. Keep your focus fortress strong!

8. Practise self-care

You’re not a robot, no matter what your dance moves say. You need TLC, just like everyone else. Ensure you’re eating right, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that make you happy. Embrace a healthy work-life balance. After all, a well-rested you is a more productive you.

9. Seek feedback

Feedback is like a mirror – it shows you where you stand. Regular feedback from peers and supervisors provides new insights and helps you understand what you’re doing well and what needs improvement. It’s a growth goldmine!

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10. Celebrate small wins

Just finished a tricky task? Pat yourself on the back. Celebrating these victories, no matter how small, gives you a sense of a job well done. It’s like cheering for yourself in a marathon – it keeps you going.

11. Stay hydrated and nourished

Keep in mind that your brain requires fuel! A bottle of water and healthy snacks at your desk give your brain the boost it needs throughout the day. And it’s always nice to have a snack, isn't it?

12. Set daily mini-goals

Start each day by setting small, achievable goals. Create a daily mini-game where each accomplishment scores you points. This keeps you focused and gives you a sense of achievement as you tick off each goal.

13. Use productivity tools 

Embrace the tech world! With tons of productivity apps and tools available, managing your tasks becomes as easy as pie, almost as if you have a personal assistant in your back pocket.

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14. Build strong relationships at work 

Having good relationships with your coworkers can make your workday more enjoyable. It’s not just about networking – it’s also about creating a support system and enjoying your time in the office.

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15. Change your scenery 

Sometimes, a change of scenery can work wonders. If possible, try working from a different location, like a quiet corner or a coffee shop. Perfect for hitting the refresh button.

16. Dress for success

Never underestimate the power of dressing well. Wearing something you feel confident in gives you a mental boost. Consider it your daily armour, ready to take on the day’s battles – minus the Braveheart face paint!

17. Practise mindfulness or meditation

Take a few minutes each day to clear your mind. Mindfulness or meditation can reduce stress and improve focus, offering your mind a peaceful retreat.

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18. Learn to say no

You can’t do everything, and that’s okay! Learning to say no to less important tasks helps you focus on what truly matters. Get comfortable with setting boundaries and respecting your time and energy.

19. Stay curious and keep learning

Keep the flame of curiosity alive by learning new things related to your job. This could mean reading articles, watching webinars, or even attending workshops, anything that helps with your self-improvement journey

20. Reflect on your day

At the end of each day, take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished and what you learned. It’s like doing a daily debrief with yourself, which can provide insights and satisfaction about your workday.

Final thoughts

There you go – 20 creative and actionable ways to supercharge your motivation at work. From embracing a positive attitude to changing your scenery, each tip is a step towards a more fulfilling and productive workday.

And speaking of embracing positivity, why not take a moment to spread some laughs with Thankbox? Whether it’s celebrating a birthday or just showing appreciation, Thankbox will bring your team closer together. Create a Thankbox today and watch your motivation soar. 

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