To succeed in this industry it’s imperative to stay relevant and innovative. Nothing is more rewarding than bringing a new idea to the table, however, how do you consistently stay motivated to think of new game-changing ideas? Your success is a direct translation of how motivated you are to stay productive. Here are five tips to help you stay motivated and inspired on a daily basis.
1. WRITE DOWN YOUR TOP 3 TASKS
Writing a to-do list might help you feel organized, but a long to-do list doesn’t actually help motivate you: it does the opposite. When you have a million things to do, even the smallest task seems daunting. Prioritize what really needs to get done and write down your top three tasks. This helps you really figure out what is the most important, and once completed you feel a sense of accomplishment, rather than discouragement, which will translate into motivation for the following day.
2. DO SOMETHING YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO DO
You are definitely more likely to be motivated if you are doing something you actually want to do. And if you find the task at hand is not enjoyable, find something within that goal that interests you. That can be as simple as thinking about what you’ll be able to do once you get it done, or how happy the completion of the task will make someone else.
3. TAKE BREAKS
Staying motivated for 8 hours a day, five days a week would be great! But it’s not realistic. Instead of beating yourself up, force yourself to buckle down and work hard for a certain amount of time, and then reward yourself with a break. Working hard for an hour and then allowing yourself a 15-minute break will let your brain relax and recharge. You and your creativity will thank you.
4. ALWAYS BE LEARNING
In this constantly evolving industry, there are always new things to learn and existing skills to improve. Listen to informative podcasts, watch inspirational TED talks, and read books. It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are, you can always learn more. In whatever area you want to have more success, the only way to improve is to keep on learning.
5. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH INSPIRING PEOPLE
Although it wasn’t part of the plan, FAULHABER organically has become an all-female team. We are a group of like-minded, talented individuals who help each other stay motivated and on track. Even after listening to a motivating podcast, drinking your XL coffee, or having a morning workout – some days self-motivation is just too hard to muster up. Nothing is more inspiring than surrounding yourself with people that are motivated and productive.