Whether it’s work, exercise, study or skill-building, we need motivation to achieve what we want in life. After months of COVID restrictions, increased stress and emotional exhaustion, many people are struggling with low motivation. This can lead to us being less productive and not achieving what we want to achieve, reducing our self-esteem and overall happiness.
This month, we will look at what motivation is and how you can boost your productivity to get back on track.
Motivation is the reason or reasons that we act or behave in certain ways. Put simply, motivation is the why behind our behaviours.
Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social and cognitive forces that activate behaviour and guide us towards our goals. Our motivations are all different depending on our personalities and values. For example, two people may have completely different motivations around why they do the same job. One worker may be motivated by money, another by helping others.
Without connecting to why we want to do something, it’s very difficult to drive ourselves towards an outcome. Connecting to our motivations also helps us identify those in others, making it easier to understand colleagues, managers and employers.
Motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic:
Intrinsic Motivation is from within the individual where the reward or outcome is something inside you e.g. gaining a sense of satisfaction from your work or gaining joy from interactions with colleagues.
Extrinsic Motivation is from outside an individual, with external rewards e.g. wanting to gain more money, praise or promotions from work.
If you can boost your motivation through understanding what drives you, you can:
If you are feeling unmotivated at work, you may notice you are:
Having low motivation may be a sign that there is something in your life that needs addressing. Have you been under stress for long periods of time? Have you recently lost someone, been arguing with your partner, or lost your job? Life adversities will naturally lead to low motivation as we may think more negative thoughts. Left unaddressed, low motivation can lead to reduced productivity and performance, in all areas of life.
Speaking to a mental health professional when you notice low motivation can help you assess what is contributing to low motivation and how to tackle it in lasting and effective ways.
Contact your EAP, Acacia EAP on 1300 364 273 to arrange free support from our qualified professionals.
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