Keeping Motivated At Work

Although they are quite different on first consideration, there are many things that link military operations and working in a business environment. One example is the similar reliance on team communication and types of equipment such as office headsets, which in some ways can be compared to military handsets or military headsets like those available from

There are also many concepts that are consistent across military and civilian business cooperation. One worth looking at is motivation. It takes motivation and focus to keep yourself going in boot camp or on the battlefield and this type of motivation can also be used in a work environment. Here are a few tips to keep your head in the game while at work, whether you work in an office, at school, in a place that directly serves customers, or at home.

Any type of work can be challenging and seem like a lot to take in and do at first glance, but if you look at the bigger picture, which could be you improving yourself and achieving greater goals instead of all the unappealing tasks and hard work you need to do. Working to better yourself through your job, whatever it entails, could be the push you need to complete the task ahead. It can also be a good idea to take a larger task and break it down into smaller pieces. Once a small part of that particular task is completed and it is up to your high standards, allow yourself to celebrate. Any victory, even if it seems small, is worth savoring since it can lead to the end goal.

Another way to give yourself motivation or maintain a good momentum is to only focus on what matters and ignore what is not needed for the overall outcome. Make your ‘to-do’ list shorter and keep what is meaningful to you and to the task at hand. Seeing a big list can be draining but cutting it down to necessary items can keep you going and can give you peace of mind. The end goal does not seem that far when there are fewer tasks to do.

No one is capable of keeping the same level of motivation for a standard working day, let alone beyond typical working hours, without allowing themselves to have a break to rest and refresh. Put the work out of your head and take a breath or two. This can be helpful when you feel as if you are stuck on a task that seems to be going nowhere. Allow yourself to think or do something that has nothing to do with your job. Once your break is over, your mind will be clear and ideas will come more naturally. 

However, one of the best ways to find motivation is to just start the task without ruminating on how demanding it may be. The focus and drive to finish will kick in and that is what will push you to the end goal. The sooner you start, the closer you are to the end. You’ll be surprised how much motivation and inspiration could be picked up along the way.