6 Ways To Stay Motivated During A Work Slump

By Connor Barry on July 25, 2022

Key Points:

  • Losing motivation at work isn’t uncommon and there are plenty of reasons why it happens, but it doesn’t stop the number of items on your to-do list.
  • We’re sharing six ways to work through a work slump and identify if you’re having a work slump or overextended at work.

Did you know that your productivity may decline during the summer? Our environment impacts our productivity levels, and summertime is no exception. Whether the temperatures are too hot, making you feel lethargic, or beautiful weather, you’re looking to enjoy it while it lasts.

However, work slumps happen throughout the year, and no matter the reason, you still have a list of items to knock out. So, how do you stay motivated when you’re in a work slump? We’ve identified six ways you can tackle your to-do list even amid a work slump.

Recognizing Work Slumps vs. Overextended

Before diving into how to remain motivated during a work slump, you should first identify when the feeling began. Identifying the time can help you understand whether you are not being challenged enough or if you are overextended. Suppose you feel overextended at work, schedule time with your manager or supervisor to discuss options to alleviate some of your workloads. While certain times in any industry can be busier than usual, your bandwidth shouldn’t be stretched for extended periods. On the other hand, if you find yourself consistently burnt out, it could be a sign to your manager or supervisor that it’s time to bring on another team member, or it could be a sign that your current employer isn’t the right fit for you.

6 Ways to Work Through a Work Slump

  1. Creating visuals can often help you look at the bigger picture. Try making a list or a motivational vision board. Once you understand the bigger picture, it’s easier to understand each project’s priority.
  2. By conquering some of the smaller or quick items on your to-do list, you may feel more motivated to tackle the larger, more complex items. Similar to a warm-up before exercise
  3. Brainstorming with a coworker may give you the right amount of motivation to finish a project. If a coworker has time, ask for their advice on the project and how they would handle it.
  4. Have you ever had a lot of time to finish something, and it’s taken you the whole time, but you somehow finished a project of similar bandwidth in a smaller amount of time? Having a time limit on a project can often help you focus. Give yourself a timer – apps like Pomodoro can time you to work for 25 minutes and then a 5-minute or 15-minute break.
  5. If all projects are causing you to feel sluggish, then it may be time to plan an exciting activity or vacation, so you have something to look forward to.
  6. Liven up your routine by adding something new. Whether it’s a morning workout before work to energize your senses, or an afternoon stroll in the middle of your workday, doing something different to change your routine can cultivate creativity and motivation.

While there’s no specific work-life balance formula, having personal time daily is critical to avoid burnout. If you’re looking for more tips on crafting your work-life balance, read our five tips here.

Leave a Reply