How to Rediscover Your Motivation for Work: 5 Practicable Steps to Take Right Now

How to Rediscover Your Motivation for Work: 5 Practicable Steps to Take Right Now

This article was written by Amelia White. With years of experience in the field of content marketing, she enjoys a solid and successful career. Over the years, she has helped dozens of clients in need of a creative and innovative advertising approach. Apart from practicing the profession, White also enjoys writing about productivity and motivation.

Professional motivation and workplace engagement have become bigger problems than ever before. More and more people are feeling disengaged and under-appreciated at the office.

In fact, only 13 percent of people are totally engaged at work, a Gallup survey suggests. In contrast, 24 percent of people are actively disengaged and 63 percent feel not engaged.

While the workplace environment and the management contribute a lot to a motivational workplace, the attitude of the individual employee will also matter.

If you’re feeling disconnected and you no longer have the desire to head to the office every morning, chances are that you’ll need to look for some change and motivation for work. A few simple modifications of your professional routine could lead to improvements.

Here are a few of the best ways to accomplish the goal.

Build Your Own Inspirational Routine.

Many people are guilty of a simple mistake – they wait for inspiration to come from an external source. The obvious problem with this approach is that the desired outcome may never happen unless a person is actively engaged.

As you become more confident and you gain more knowledge in the respective field, you may start feeling that opportunities are narrowing down. Confidence comes with experience but this confidence could also make people close-minded.

You always have to maintain a learning and curious mode in order to feel excited about your job. Otherwise, you may enter a state that’s called earned dogmatism and that’s characterized by rather rigid professional thinking.

There are so many things you can do to develop an inspirational routine. Taking a professional course is always a great idea. The same applies to webinars, reading books, going to conferences and interacting with other professionals in the field. Such opportunities will always teach you something new and give you the opportunity to feel enthusiastic about the job that you do.

Keep a Clear Vision of Your Goals.

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Being stuck in the everyday professional routine can make you forget about your professional goals and dreams. Sooner or later, you’ll lose sight of the ideal because you’re stuck dealing with mundane problems and everyday complications.

It’s crucial to always have a reminder of what you’re interested accomplishing in the long run.

If you’ve spent some time at a certain company, you may want to revisit your goal. Where would you like to be in a few years from now? Are you making progress? A negative answer could be indicative of being stuck without prospects of moving forward.

For some people, the answer will be a complete change of professional specialization. Yes, there are instances of essay writers becoming dancers and vice versa. The aim of the example is to let you know that you’re not limited to your current field.

Chances are that you took a job to survive for a certain period of time and that’s ok. Right now, you may have the chance to pursue your professional dream. If this is the case, you shouldn’t fear the change but rather embrace it as a way to accomplish your long-term goal.

The everyday routine can kill creativity and keep employees from realizing their full potential. This is an issue that many companies struggle with.

Still, it’s also up to you to discover the balance between the boring tasks that you have to deal with and the prospects of achieving growth. Keeping a constant reminder of what you’re trying to do can make things easier.

Find a Mentor.

While you may be a rather accomplished professional, there’s still a lot to learn in the corporate world. Acquiring knowledge through first-hand experience is one of the most powerful approaches when it comes to staying motivated.

A professional mentor can give you the strength, drive and knowledge to move forward even when you feel like giving up. Such people have invaluable information because they’ve gone through the same struggles and they’ve come up with real-life, practical solutions.

While mentors are predominantly sought to be entrepreneurs, professionals can also learn from the experience of highly-skilled representatives of the field.

You can come in contact with such professionals via social media, networking events and corporate interactions. Maintaining a network of individuals that have similar professional experiences can be invaluable when it comes to long-term development.

Find the Value and the Lessons in Things that You Hate.

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The manner in which you approach professional tasks can be determining for the outcome of your experience.

Even the most boring of tasks could teach valuable lessons if you’re open to embracing the opportunity. In essence, your attitude will determine whether you’re dealing with a wonderful opportunity or the most tedious task on earth.

Learning to extract something valuable from the activities that you hate will take time and patience. This isn’t an easy adjustment by any stretch of the imagination. Looking for something positive, however, will give you the drive and a level of engagement that you haven’t known before.

Imaging a grueling conversation that you need to have with a dissatisfied client, for example. No human being feels happy and motivated about getting yelled at. Such a difficult conversation, however, can help you grow your patience and learn a bit more about human psychology. In addition, you will feel incredibly fulfilled when the job is done and will find more motivation for work.

Know When to Change Things up.

On occasions, even the best of intentions will be insufficient to keep your motivation level high.

When you feel that you can no longer move forward, you may have to consider a change of workplace. Looking for a new opportunity may be all that you need to stay on track and to feel that inspiration once again.

Seeking change can be difficult and uncomfortable. After all, routines are comfortable and familiar. You should, however, be rational when it comes to assessing your current situation. If your current place of employment doesn’t seem capable of offering anything new and fulfilling, it may be time to move on.

Trust your instincts and be proactive when it comes to building your professional reputation. Your career is in your hands and nobody else should be responsible for the provision of motivation and opportunities.

While getting out of the rut is going to be difficult at first, you will soon understand just how much you’ve missed the feeling of being inspired and eager to get started on your professional tasks.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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