Motivation is an essential part of productivity. When you are motivated, you work faster, you work better, and you stay happier longer. Your own habits can affect your motivation. Here are four
basic things that can quickly damage your motivated state of mind.
You Lack Confidence
One of the simplest ways you can sabotage your motivation is by not believing that you can. Having a mindset of negativity can be destructive to your motivation and your work. If you’re at work and assigned a task and automatically assume it will fail, you will end up avoiding starting the job as long as possible. If you want to stay motivated, you need to be able to believe in yourself.
People are used to instant gratification, one of the main reasons people give things up is because they don’t see results fast enough. It’s hard to keep putting the same effort into something when the results are immediately apparent. Motivation often gets in the way if the results of our efforts are not seen in a few weeks. To stay motivated, always remember that patience is key.
You Don’t Know the Meaning of No
When you have an extremely long to-do list, it can be easy to feel unmotivated. You must learn to say no to things when you don’t have time or if you don’t feel comfortable doing it. Being able to say that it won’t give you more time to focus on those projects that you feel safe and that you can complete. Sometimes you have to learn to say no to some things to maintain a better sense of control over your life. When you feel you have control it will help you keep motivated and confident in achieving your goals.
You Are Too Easily Distracted
Someone e-mails you a link to a fun cat video and the next thing you know, you’ve spent the past few hours playing useless video games or on YouTube watching non productive stuff. Many distractions come in different forms, but most types are detrimental to your motivation. Distractions generally occur when you are overwhelmed, tired, or bored and not interested in getting your tasks done. In order to stop sabotaging your motivation sometimes you need to disconnect your video game console, disconnect from the WiFi, avoid answering texts and phone calls for a period. This should give you enough time to complete your tasks without interrupting your motivated state of mind.
Only you have the power to stay motivated. By avoiding these common traps, you can maintain your motivation and accomplish what you set out to do.