Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Gain Inspiration in the Workplace

Inspiration by Jonah Engler

How often do American workers get up in the morning and head off to work completely uninspired? Many of us do it every day. We struggle to find anything to be enthusiastic about because we are overworked, underpaid and tired of the same old routine. Yet it doesn't have to be that way. There are things we can all do to gain a little inspiration in the workplace.

Here are four suggestions you might find helpful:

1. Establish Workable Goals

Your supervisor may have already established company goals you are expected to achieve. But why not establish some goals of your own? Establishing workable goals you know can be achieved adds a sense of purpose to what you're doing. For example, one workable goal might be that of having your office completely organized by the end of the week. Using any spare time you have to reach that goal will give you a sense of achievement.

2. Reward Yourself

Despite receiving a weekly paycheck, you may not view it as much of reward compared to the amount of work you do. By rewarding yourself for accomplishing some of your tasks, you are providing yourself a little extra spark to keep yourself motivated. You might reward yourself with a special lunch every Friday afternoon or a piece of chocolate whenever you complete an especially difficult task.

3. Drink Coffee

Believe it or not, drinking coffee can be very motivating in the workplace. Not only does the caffeine in coffee provide a physical boost, but the process of slowly sipping from the cup can be extremely therapeutic. This is one reason we like to enjoy coffee and good conversation together. Include regular coffee breaks in your daily routine at times you know you will need a little extra inspiration to keep plugging away.

4. Get Some Exercise

A lack of exercise results in physical and emotional feelings of lethargy. You can combat those feelings by getting just 15 or 20 minutes of exercise every day. Some people prefer to exercise before going to work, others take time out from their lunch to go for a brisk walk. It is amazing how far a little exercise can go toward improving one's outlook at work.

Work doesn't have to be an uninspired test of your endurance. By taking advantage of these four simple tips, you can improve both your mindset and your daily routine.

Jonah Engler is a successful entrepreneur, investor, franchise owner and coffee lover who hails from New York City.

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