Motivation comes in two different forms: extrinsic and intrinsic. Being paid a salary is extrinsically motivating. Meanwhile, enjoying your job is intrinsically motivating.
No matter how much we love our jobs, it's likely there are some tasks that we don't enjoy. Use these five intrinsic and extrinsic motivational strategies to tackle undesirable tasks.
- Change your perspective. Admin or filing may not be motivating in itself. But, what if you saw it as an opportunity to prove your organization skills to your boss?
- Ask yourself “why?” If you start to question your work’s purpose, think about why you do what you do. Listing the positive outcomes of your job can help to invigorate you.
- Develop accountability. Inform your colleagues or boss that you will complete your task by a certain day or time, and use their expectations to motivate you to get the job done.
- Master time management. Create a schedule to manage your workload efficiently, and don’t procrastinate – it will only prolong the process!
- Set goals and rewards. Make mundane tasks more fulfilling by setting yourself goals and rewarding yourself at the end. You can also make daunting tasks more manageable by breaking them down into smaller “easy wins.”
With these tactics, you'll motivate yourself to get those undesirable tasks done. Then you can get on with the parts of your job that you really enjoy!