What are some best practices for keeping your momentum during the work day?

When working, I can come back after a break and not want to do my work at all. I can come back to my desk, know what I want to do, I have broken down the tasks into small tasks. I know exactly what to do, but am struggling to use my "will power" to actually get myself to actually do it.


Just reading this without context would make me say as well you should find another job. However, the truth is, no matter how motivated we are or ambitious, we all go through our ups and downs in the work cycle. No, matter how much you write your goals and tasks, it becomes a possibility. I would tell you before you quit your job, make sure nothing is going on in your personal life, take a vacation, and maybe think out why you don't want to do your work. You could be bored with it; you could not like your boss, perhaps you don't like the work.

Either way, call me; I have been there too, I can help you sift through things!

Answered 6 years ago

Take short breaks every 1 hour or so. You could go for a cup of coffee or just take a bathroom break. If your office is in an area where you can enjoy greenery or take a stroll, you can always go for one. In fact, I encourage you to. When we walk, endorphins are released which relieves our stress. If these still don't work, maybe you need a change of atmosphere. You could ask your supervisor to change your cubicle, or ask to be assigned to a different project. You could even try your hand at something else, if your work permits you to. You could call me if you need more tips to overcome this situation.

Answered 6 years ago

Hello I am Priyanka.

1. Practice shaking it off.
It’s easy to let defeat settle and completely dominate any success you’ve experienced in any area of your life. But if you practice letting problems roll off of your back, you’ll be a lot happier, and more likely to keep your stride.

So, what if your cheat day turned into a three day indulgence? And so what if you didn’t get the position you thought would change your life and career forever?

Shut down those negative feelings and thoughts, and shake it all off. Remember that things don’t always go as planned (no matter how badly you want them to). You can always try again (and yes, you are so worth it).

2. Share your experiences with others.
A great way to keep your momentum is by including others in your journey.

Not only will your dedicated support system hold you accountable, but it will also stop at nothing to keep you on track.

Pick 3 people that are great listeners, have always encouraged you, and can help you reframe your perspective in the event something bad happens. Don’t forget to return the favor, and give as much support as you can to the people that uplift you each day.

If you can’t think of three people, try networking more or pick three things that you can surround yourself with in the event life hits. These things can be a favorite class, inspirational music or podcasts, or a hobby that always helps you refocus and destress.

3. Be your biggest advocate.
When all else fails, sometimes you have to be your own coach. Practice thinking and speaking positive things about yourself and/or situation. After you shake off those negative vibes and reach out to a friend, tell yourself everything is okay and move on to your next course of action.

Just because life throws you a curveball you weren’t ready for, doesn’t mean you give up and let your progress go down the drain. Pick yourself off and press on.

Momentum isn’t earned, and you definitely aren’t born with it. Momentum is learned, and is something that you dedicate yourself to and practice daily. You can only be as unstoppable as you think. You can only progress and do great things if you allow yourself to.

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Answered 6 years ago

Well motivation is always the issue. It's not enough to have bodies on the field I know it's going to sound a little unconventional but a nap or "siesta" after lunch actually improves productivity, motivation and overall welll being of employees. Many countries around the world like China, Spain and Italy have some type of "siesta" built into the daily work schedule. I actually started doing this myself when I was in the field and I noticed how recharged I would be when I came back from my lunch break. With a 40 minute nap after a lunch nearly doubled my productivity for the day

Answered 6 years ago

This may pertain more to entrepreneurs than to a 9-5 job. You will have to create a LARGE HUGE Reason e.g. a vision that is much bigger than your concerns or resistance. if you pay enough attention to the vision and the bigger game, than your mind, you and your heart will find a way - no matter what.

Answered 6 years ago

A few things that really help me get more done:

1. Pomodoro technique: Set a timer for 25 minutes, work on a last without any interruption. Then take a break for 5-10 mins, rinse and repeat. It's so much easier to start when you only are working for 25 minutes at a time.

2. Do the biggest task first: It's best to do the biggest task first, rather than smal tasks like checking email etc. This is because that's when you're most fresh and energized. After you have completed that task, you'll have such a strong feeling of accomplishment and that will carry through to the rest of your day.

Answered 6 years ago

As you have seen, it's very hard to re-establish momentum when lost—even when breaking things down to small chunks.

The issue is self-editing / perfectionism. You need even smaller (trivial) tasks that you can do without self-editing, that will lead you to do the smaller tasks with a sense of urgency, so perfectionism doesn't take over.

One way is to run a timer that tracks how much you work. So you turn the timer on when you start and off when you stop, and you track how many hours you spend actually working.

When you come back to work, start the timer running. That is your ritual. Now, if you start procrastinating (i.e. surfing), the timer is running in front of you and you will start feeling guilt/a sense of urgency because you are "cheating". You will then get to a point of unconfortability where you will have to start working.

Answered 6 years ago

Will power and determination go hand and hand. Many people struggle with the "want" aspect of their work. If you would start by getting minor accomplishments, after your breaks, in order to gain momentum, it will help. Many people will say you should find something that is more to your liking but thats not always feasible, however if it is I would consider it. If not, be determined and will power will begin to manifest.

Answered 6 years ago

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