Every job loses its charm after some
time. To make things worse,
there are too many distractions around
us. We end up thinking that
this is not the job that I wanted to be
doing. And when we realize
that we will be doing this same job
probably till the end of our
lives, we will want to scream.
It is a human tendency to get bored with
some time. When we get a new job, every thing is new and interesting and
our interest is completely
captured. We try to learn things as
quickly as possible and are
eager to impress and prove to the world
that we are perfect for the
job. But after a few months we get used
to everything and slowly
everything begins to lose the charm. We
get bored and start
looking for greener pastures.
It is at this stage that procrastination
starts raising its
villainous head. If the tasks that we
are doing are repetitive ad
monotonous, the picture becomes bleaker.
Along with this, if the job
requires that we remain on toes all day
long, then the future is
sealed. It is in such situations that we
need to keep ourselves
Speaking from the Organizational
Behavior point of view
let us take a look at what motivation is
all about. The human brain
as I mentioned earlier is a virtual
store house of energy. There is
nothing that we cannot do once we put
our mind to it. Along with it comes a
string attached. The same brain is
In fact our imagination is probably the
one thing that can
travel faster than light. So it is
no easy task to keep the brain
occupied in the same task for an
extended period of time. If the job
is monotonous the task becomes more
difficult to keep going.
Motivation can be thought of as the
process of channeling
the surplus energy of the brain towards
a definite goal or purpose.
So how long can the human mind focus on
the same thing.
Studies have shown that the maximum
attention span of an average
human being is just 45 minutes. 45
So much for those
meetings and discussions that lasted for
three or four hours! No
wonder nothing much comes out of such
meetings. In all likelihood
most of the audience conked out after
the first 45 minutes and after
that focused their attention on staying
Here are a few tips on how to ward
boredom away and
keep you motivated.
- Never keep doing the same task for
- Try to take breaks every half an
hour. Get up and walk or do some stretching exercises.
- Try to alternate between two boring tasks. This will reduce the boredom in both tasks by 50%.
- If you have someone else with you who is doing
a similar job, try exchanging jobs with the person.
- Talk about your job to a sympathetic listener who can give you. encouragement
and maybe some ideas on making the
job more interesting.
- Reward yourself once you have done a job well.
- If you have an uninteresting job left
to do, write it down and pin it somewhere in your work station so that you can see it and get constantly reminded about it till you do it.
- Try to make your work environment more attractive by pinning up some motivating words or some pleasant wall posters, preferably something that can
make you smile.
- If you are allowed to, try playing
some motivating music while you work.
- Make a copy of you to-do list
and cross off the completed jobs in
red. Tack it up where you can see
- If possible keep a small potted
plant near your work station; watching it grow is a wonderful source of inspiration. But
take care to look after it properly. If you
are going to watch it wilt and die, then it
is going to have the opposite effect.
- Take time to relax, just sit back
and close your eyes and hum a favorite tune for a minute or two. But do not fall asleep!
Most of the points mentioned above are
self explanatory but I would like to elaborate on one
point that is rewarding your self. This is one tactic that I have found to
work wonders with me. If you have finished doing a job,
you have every right and reason to reward your self. All the more
if the task was a boring one or one that involved a deadline. The reward does not have to be any thing
great. It can be something like treating yourself to a
good dinner in a favorite restaurant or it could be a simple
chocolate bar if you have a sweet tooth.