When do you find motivation lacking as a business professional? When work is stressful, when times are tough or when pressure is off and your calendar is empty?
I was recently asked to complete a survey that had me thinking about when I have a lack of motivation. What are the situations and how do I create motivate for myself?
Personally my motivation is at the lowest when my calendar is empty and the next deadline I have is a week or so away. I can easily be distracted and lose focus. As a business owner these are the moments I need to capitalize on, I need to uses these moments to work on my business and create opportunities.
So how do I create motivation? I’ve recently found two things that are working for me. The first is to write a detailed list of what I’m going to accomplish for the day including at least one stretch item. Creating the list each morning is a huge motivator to get it done, to have the satisfaction at the end of the day that I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.
The next is to make myself accountable to someone, either myself and when that doesn’t work to an associate or colleague. Telling someone else that you are going to accomplish generally forces us to do what we say we are going to do.
Who can you be accountable to? Can you ask a colleague or an associate? I’ve found it really easy to find people who are more than willing to help and in return you can help them with their accountability and motivation.