Motivation, self-discipline and willpower: no matter what line of work you are in, these gems are must haves. But usually these words are only used to describe the things missing in you.
Perhaps, but in reality this all boils down to one thing- work ethics.
Are you interested in ways to improve your work ethics? If your answer is yes, better read along.
Have a clear set of goals and act on them. Say that you want to start meeting deadlines. Then, commit yourself to doing the assigned task immediately. If it’s due in one week’s time, have a daily accomplishment report. Put it in writing. Check the things that you were able to do at the end of the day.
This does not only give you a sense of fulfillment, it prevents you from being too overwhelmed with the upcoming deadline because you know you’re moving forward.
When you keep your words to yourself, this often means you have to do a task you’d rather put off. The mere thought of doing reports, research or data analysis, can lead to discomfort. And when we are faced with such discomfort, we tend to procrastinate.
On the other hand, we can use this obstacle to accomplish the task. Imagine the consequences it will lead to if you fail to do these on time; a memo from your boss at the least, or in the worst case scenarios getting demoted or even fired.
Then think about the brighter side, if you do this now you have more time for other things other than work. Movie marathon? Basketball? A night out with your friends? The more enticing, the better.
Sweeten the task
At times, there’s just one aspect of a task that hold you back. This means you can stop procrastinating if you simply change that aspect.
If the distraction from your physical environment keeps you from working, then change the environment. Move to a quieter atmosphere where you can work in peace.
Find a role model
Another effective strategy to succeed at any task is to hang around the “veterans”, meaning people who have been in the field for the longest time and have been consistently successful because their work ethic is simply top notch. Spend some time with them.
Observe these people and use them as a model for your own behavior. Adapt some of their actions and attitudes, looking for the right tools that will suit you.
Do it later
There are times when you’re not feeling motivated or it’s not giving you a message that’s worth heeding. For example, writing an article about the stock market can wait until you have spent a substantial amount of time researching and studying the topic. This does not mean you lack the motivation- it means you are planning.
By the time you’ve made a decision to do it later, this becomes a promise. In the meantime give a rough estimate how long this task will take and mark it in your calendar for the target date of accomplishment.
Start this New Year with a clean slate and stop looking outside yourself for these mysterious qualities. Tell yourself that you are already motivated and disciplined; you simply lack some skills that require practice.