How to Stay Motivated

It’s easy to feel a sense of motivation at the beginning of a new year, but now that the Holidays are behind us and the year progresses, it can be tough to stay motivated, especially if you are starting to feel burned out in your day-to-day grind.
There are several ways you can stay motivated throughout the year.

Change Your To-do List
Do you start your day with a to-do list a mile long? This alone can start a day off feeling behind, stressed and swamped. Instead, call it your “to accomplish list.” Just the act of changing how you think about your tasks can make you feel more motivated. At the end of the day, what feels better: I’ve done these tasks, or I’ve accomplished these tasks?

Take on a Positive Attitude
Stop saying things like, “I’m swamped” or “I just can’t do all of this.” Change up your verbiage to try and reset your mindset. Instead, say “I’ve got a lot to accomplish today,” or “What I’m doing is hard.”
“Can’t” is the same as saying something is impossible, and nothing is impossible with the right attitude!

Take a Break
Don’t forget to take breaks throughout the day. Get up and walk around, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Taking your mind off your current task can help you feel motivated to continue. Working yourself to the bone day-in and day-out can be detrimental to your performance and leave you with lackluster motivation. Take a break. And listen. When was the last time you took the day off? Just saying.
Be Open to Change
Don’t get stuck in the “but it didn’t go the right way” rut. Often plans start off in one direction but quickly take a turn you didn’t expect. Take a moment to step back and be open to change. Take in the situation and adjust your end goal if needed.

Go Ahead and Fail
Admitting failure can be difficult, but as American philosopher, John Dewey said, “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks, learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”
When you think about it, you can actually learn more from failures. With success you just celebrate, but with failure, you typically step back and reassess, driving yourself to continuous improvement.
What else do you do to help stay motivated and continue to be the best street sweeper you can be at any point during the year? Share with others thru Facebook or other forms of social media. You’d be surprised how much this alone can boost your own motivation!

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