4 Ways to find motivation at work

3 minutes   |  CAREER ADVICE

Burnout.

The unwelcome feeling that makes going to work on Mondays seem unbearable, and slowly steals away the motivation you once felt for your job.

It can manifest itself in the feeling of being trapped – where a job that was once fulfilling, slowly starts to feel like it has no meaning and you begin to have thoughts such as: “Why am I even in this industry?“, “Surely there’s something better out there?”, and “Maybe I can just pretend to be sick and not go into the office today”.

And if you take the time to look at the research, you’ll discover that productivity in the workplace is impacted by employee happiness and motivation:

Economists at the University of Warwick found that productivity spiked by 12% in happy employees, and decreased by 10% in an unhappy workforce

Burnout is a very serious condition that, according to Kissmetrics, comes down to an overlap of three factors: exhaustion, stress and cynicism. And one of the toughest things about suffering from burnout is acknowledging that you are.²

But before you lose complete motivation and decide to quit, there is good news.

This condition is not permanent. There are a number of ways you can combat the effects of burnout – achieving better work-life balance, refreshing your attitude towards work, and implementing productivity hacks. Before you know it, the motivation you were lacking will have returned, along with a love for your job.

So whether you’re on the verge of burnout, in the midst of it, or just starting to come out of it, here are a few work-life balance practices you can apply to your daily routine to give yourself an extra boost of motivation and productivity:

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¹Source: warwick.ac.uk

²Source: blog.kissmetrics.com