5 Tips for Keeping Your Mind Sharp at Work Even When You’re Lacking Motivation

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Oct 28

It isn't easy to stay motivated for an entire 8-hour work period day after day. Sooner or later, a person's mind will wander, and tasks that are normally challenging will seem boring. This can put a person behind on getting things accomplished, though. Luckily, there are a few ways to train your mind to stay on task that will make you more efficient than ever.

Repetition

If you have several objectives that need to be done each day, try to do them at the same time every day. That way they will each become a habit that is easy to accomplish. The more repetition that is involved, the easier the task will seem. This can also help make it a strict habit so that you do it almost mechanically.

Continued Education

Taking online engineering classes, or some other some other type of continuing education courses, will help to keep your brain active and alert. Studies have proven that learning new information is important in not only preventing dementia as a person ages, but also aiding in a person's ability to concentrate and stay mentally sharp.

Avoid Distraction

Closing the office door and turning off the radio will help prevent distractions that make concentrating difficult. Be sure to take the time to find a nice quiet place to work. It is also a good idea to keep just one project on your desk at a time too. When you finish it, you can move on to another task that needs to be accomplished.

Use All of Your Senses

The more senses that are involved when you complete a task, the easier that it will be to accomplish. Remembering all of the information will also be easier. While it isn't exactly possible to taste or smell a report that you are working on, you can light a scented candle and enjoy a small treat while you work.

Keep Your Confidence

If you believe in yourself, you can achieve a whole lot more than if you have no confidence. If this is an area that you struggle in, try setting small, achievable goals throughout the day to work on. As you accomplish one of them, write it down. Be sure to include little things that you noticed that you like about yourself too. Then, read through the list at the end of the day. This will help give you a boost that will prove that you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Everyone has days that they struggle to stay on task, so don't get down over them. Just use these five tips to start the next day with a firm resolve to do better. If you keep working at it you will be able to get through work like a breeze.


This is a guest post from Kara Masterson. Kara is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

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Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.