Motivation keeps you going. Below points guide you on motivation:
Clarify your goals – Have a clear mission under your current position. Know the targets that you need to achieve as an employee of the firm. These objectives can be found either in your job contract or your job offer letter. If you fail to have any of these, then having a one-on-one meeting with your supervisor will definitely help.
Design a strategy – Once the goals are known, formulate these into a practical and achievable flow chart. Here is where your discipline in terms of achieving these goals is crucial. One has to constantly review this plan of goals and achievements.
Reward yourself – Reap the fruits of your success. By giving this treat to yourself, you will be motivated to move ahead in your plan of action.
Learn the act of balancing – Motivation is not always work related. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle along with hard work results in motivation. Pursuing your hobbies and interests gives rise to positivity in your attitude as well as thoughts. It gives us a sense of satisfaction. Therefore, indulge yourself in leisure activities, to let your mind relax.
The above mentioned points can also be utilised by formulating a motivation matrix. The Motivation Matrix is a self-assessment tool to help you articulate your work strengths, areas for development, low motivation, and potential burn-out areas.
The Four Quadrants
The matrix consists of four quadrants that need to be filled. The figure below shows us the skills that you need to fill in each of the quadrant.
skills/interests you are drawn to and excel at or do well: these are your 'best work skills' skills/interests you are drawn to
but not (yet) your best work
skills: 'development opportunities'
skills/interests you don't like to pursue; not best work or development skills: 'low fuelling skills" skills/interests you excel at or do
well but don't like to pursue: (in
excess can become 'burn-out skills')
One needs to carefully fill in the required skills that he/she comprises of in each of the above quadrants. After completing the matrix, you need to do a time review. An estimation of how much time is being spent on each of these quadrants needs to be noted. Often people are surprised to note that they are spending more time in their top left (Best Work Skills Area) than they had thought. Other people find that they are spending most of their time in the bottom right quadrant (Potential Burn-Out Skill Area), which validates their current efforts to find new roles or opportunities, or explains their dissatisfaction. For some, the role they’re in does not include enough opportunity for development (Development Opportunities Area). Some will use the information from the Development section to sharpen their job search strategy. The tool is a self-assessment guide to see where you are now, where you’ve been and where you’d like to go next.
A Self-Assessment Questionnaire to Measure your Motivational Level
I can sum up in a sentence the core values of my company
I know what is expected of my team
I know how my success is measured
I am proud to work for my company
I see a future for myself in this company
There is a clear and effective system of appraisal and career development
I feel valued by my company
The company's internal image is consistent with its external one. (When I see an advert for my company it is consistent with my experience of that company)
I know what this company's unique selling point is. (I know what makes it different to the competition)
I feel my job is understood by those in my company
I enjoy coming to work partly because of the people
I get support and encouragement from my team mates
I do not have to compete unfairly with the rest of the team
Information is shared freely within the team
I do not feel there are secrets in our team
I am proud to be a part of this department
I respect my boss
I am not threatened by my team mates. I want them to be the best they can be.
I have the opportunity to develop new skills
Poor performance is not tolerated. No one "gets away with" under-performing
The majority of my time (80% plus) is spent doing valuable work
I do not have to attend unnecessary meetings
Those meetings I do attend are well run and achieve agreed outcomes.
I usually finish work at a reasonable time.
Our computer systems work well. We are rarely prevented from working by technological breakdowns
We have clear systems for referring up. I can safely ask someone above me if I am not sure of what to do myself
Noise and other distractions are minimal
I can turn off my phone or divert to voicemail in order to complete urgent or important tasks
I do not feel constrained by too many unnecessary rules
My work environment is suited to the work I have to do. I have the space and facilities to do my job
I leave the office when my work is complete. I do not feel compelled to stay just because others are still there
I feel we are all treated fairly. I do not see or experience favouritism
I feel acknowledged publicly for my successes.
Any constructive criticism is given in private
There are no clear "factions" in our company
I always feel I can express my opinion without fear of being marginalised or losing favour
I feel I can talk openly about my future and ambitions
While I may be "loyal" I do not feel obligated to my employers. I have not been "bought" by a large salary, extra benefits or any other career advantages.
My feelings and opinions are often asked for and listened to, no matter what my position in the company hierarchy
I am not afraid to make mistakes. I am encouraged to learn from my experiences but they are not held against me later on.
35-40 There is very little to zap your motivation. If you are still feeling de-motivated it may be time to move on or perhaps the company needs to introduce more incentives for staff.
25-35 There are some obvious "motivation zappers" present in your workplace. With your team leader or a group of other employees, consider ways to reduce the impact of these.
0-25 Motivation is probably low in your workplace. Much could be done to improve your working environment. The good news is that some simple changes could make a huge difference.