Infographic: How to stay motivated at work

Whether you’re having a manic Monday or feeling that mid-afternoon slump, these ideas can help you muster up some energy and get back on track.

Are you familiar with the 3 o’clock slump?

It’s the mysterious time of day when work suddenly becomes difficult, you begin to yawn uncontrollably, and all you want is a snack—or to go home. Because you don’t have to work when you’re at home (usually), and the last thing you seem capable of doing is work.

If you’ve ever moped your way through this witching hour, you might be interested in this infographic from It lists seven ways to muster up motivation when you need it most.

So, stop gazing out the window, and get yourself in gear. Consider these stimulating suggestions:

  • If you’re stuck because you don’t know where to start, make a to-do list. Don’t just write out everything you have to do; include the choices you have to make to get things done. This will help you identify priorities and conserve brain power.
  • If you lack initiative because you’re bored, focus on the task instead of the time it will take to complete it. For example, think about working out at the gym. When you tell yourself that you can leave once you’ve logged three miles, you’ll exercise harder than if you told yourself you could leave after a certain amount of time.
  • If you can’t start a task because you’re afraid of doing it poorly, change your perspective. List all the bad things that will happen if you don’t do a good job. Then list all the bad things that will happen if you don’t do the work at all. Chances are the items on this second list will motivate you to get moving.

Check out the infographic for more:

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