No matter how you might feel about your job, even the best careers can feel a little tedious at times. When you go into the same office to do the same tasks with the same colleagues day after day, things are bound to get stale. Staying motivated can be even more challenging when you have a desk full of obligatory duties to tackle before you can even get to the work you really care about.
Maybe you’re someone who loves their job but still finds their mind drifting after a few hours on the clock. Or perhaps you’re checked out emotionally in an office that no longer challenges you. Whatever your situation, there are steps you can take to help increase your motivation and stay positive. The best part? MAP Communications can help partner with you through it all. Try one or all of these motivating tips.
Eat the Frog
Mark Twain famously said that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat the frog, everything you do the rest of the day will come easily. Your “frog,” whatever it may be, is likely the one you procrastinate on the most. By tackling it as soon as you get into the office, you ensure an easy road ahead for the rest of the day. You’ll be surprised how much pep is in your step after scoring a victory so early in the workday!
Is there a moment in your day you’re not multitasking? Given how glued we are to our smartphones, it’s hard to imagine doing just one thing at a time. But there is a simple beauty to taking your time and focusing one just one thing. And in fact, there is all kinds of research out there that proves multitasking actually hampers true productivity and even has a negative impact on our brains.
That report you needed to turn in last week? You could knock it out in twenty minutes if not for your phone ringing every time you start to get in the zone. Consider investing in a live virtual receptionist who can handle those distracting calls for you. Such a service combined with a website blocker to keep you off social media could have you more focused – and motivated – than ever before.
Find Your Passion
Reflect back to why you first took your job. Sure, you needed to pay rent and make your student loan or credit card payments, but why did you enter into this particular line of work? Surely something in the field excited you. In many cases, people get so bogged down by their administrative duties that they can no longer focus on the work they’re passionate about. By outsourcing appropriate tasks to a virtual receptionist, you carve out time in your day to get back to basics. Do more of what you love. The motivation will follow.
Sitting at a desk all day can feel like a chore in and of itself. If the only break you get from your office chair is your walk to the water cooler, chances are you could benefit from more breaks. Anyone struggling to stay engaged with their work is likely a likely candidate for burnout. Even five minutes of fresh air can do wonders for an overburdened mind.
Feel as though you can’t possibly leave your desk phone unmanned for those five minutes? That’s where MAP Communications comes in. By allowing a virtual receptionist to field calls while you’re away, you give yourself the freedom to come and go without feeling as though you’re shortchanging your customers.
Goal-setting is something all of us do in the workplace, but rarely do we follow through with any real fidelity. Many times, goals are too vague or too large, setting us up for failure before we even begin working towards them. SMART goals, or goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based can help reign in your big dreams and give you real world constraints in which to work.
SMART goals can work for both short and long-term projects, keeping you motivated and on track for the long haul. With practical steps in mind to achieving our goals, it’s a good idea to find partners who can help make your projects a reality.
Regardless of how you decide to stay motivated at work, there are countless tools, tips and tricks to help you along the way. Even better, there are talented, highly-trained receptionists ready to make your work life a little easier. If you’re ready to hand over administrative duties to our team of professionals, complete this brief form and a MAP Communications representative will be in touch soon to help you set up your free trial of our virtual receptionist services.