“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun, you find the fun, and snap, that job’s a game”! I’ve grown up listening to this very popular saying and belief which my dad reiterated when we as kids would get bored with a particular task. My dad believed in this saying more than anyone else because he found fun in all his assignments as an interior decorator. His happiness reflected in his work and he excelled. He led by example and I knew the right way was to find fun in what we do.
I grew up to pursue my dreams and have been fairly successful as a digital marketing manager. Work has been good. It mainly involved interacting with new people on a daily basis. And, as a people’s person, my job was a living dream! After 8 years of challenging projects and being in the realm of things, came a roadblock, a big one.
The lockdown caused widespread disruption to working practices. The most noticeable change was the vast increase in working from home. With a little toddler at home, managing chores and concentrating on work became difficult. Moreover, my work had reduced to online meetings and virtual conferences. What hit me most was confinement within the walls of the house.
Finding motivation to work was important for me to keep up with the increasing challenges. Therefore, here are a few things I started working upon to increase my level of motivation:
Breaking down complex tasks and prioritizing helped a great deal. It’s really hard to stay motivated when your mind is confused and cluttered with all of the projects and tasks you need to do. If you can simplify, you carve away the unnecessary.
- Create and repeat a new positive habit
Sometimes, the smallest shifts create the biggest results! I picked up a new habit of meditation and was consistent with it. By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you create incremental improvements. Being able to successfully pursue meditation helped me.
- Celebrate success:
Another low-tech hack to increase my level of motivation was to set goals and celebrate the success with a snack. To break the monotony, I set different rewards each time. It helped me work better and be more focused. Snacking became my source of comfort and improved my productivity because I would use snacks to reward a task completed.
In fact, I would say that’s how snacking helps work from home in India and makes it a delightful experience.
Snack time also became bonding time for all of us at home! So, it wasn’t surprising for me to read it in a recent survey that snacking has become a source of comfort, connection, and reward in 2020. It was great to see what I was using to motivate myself was helping countless others who are working from home in India.
As per the Mondelēz International’s Second Annual State of Snacking™ Report:
* Snacking helped 67% of adults to boost their mood.
* 66% of adults snacked for comfort.
* 59% of people indulged in snacks to relieve boredom.
* 64% snacked to relax.
A majority of Indian adults have been buying snacks that bring back good memories during trying times. People purchased more snacks in 2020 than before. Snacking has been a source of nourishment for mind and body!
So, don’t stop yourself from enjoying a snack. And if you’re like me, use that snack to motivate yourself and finish the task at hand.
- Letting go of a few rules:
This was a hard rule to follow but I realized for my family’s, my child and my sanity, I had to rewrite some of the rules to reflect our changed circumstances. I focused more on creating a schedule that worked for now rather than enforcing one that no longer worked. And it was a revelation!
So, these were a few things that helped me stay motivated. How about you?