Life brings so many beautiful experiences coupled with so many challenging ones as well. When we’re on a high tide, we feel like we can conquer the world. Our energy is up, our confidence is up and our attitude is positive. We can create our own motivation to do things in this state. But what about those down times when the last thing we want to do is anything? That’s where you need to develop a toolshed of motivational activities you can pull from to keep you focused on your goals. Motivation at Work Motivation in the workforce can be an activity with multiple returns for all those involved. If you’re at the top of the management ladder, your success in reaching your goals depends in large part on how you lead your team. So if we spend the majority of our waking hours at work and sometimes just feel depleted, that doesn’t sound like a good base from which to jump on the motivational bandwagon. The workplace can hold motivational activities to jumpstart employee morale and get everyone geared towards making their individual contribution more beneficial to the company along with themselves and you. Motivating Employees is a course we offer at Udemy that focuses on developing your management ability and leadership potential by integrating lessons, quizzes and other learning activities. It taps in to what drives people and is specifically geared toward improving employee motivation. If your team is feeling drained and stressed, this fun exercise is a great way to refresh and energize them. It doesn’t require much time and the recommended group size is 10-20 people.
- Participants will need to form two equal lines facing each other.
- The game starts when one line turns around, giving the second line 40 seconds to change 10 things about themselves. This can include anything from jewelry or clothing being swapped with other people, untied shoelaces, a different hair do, or a switched watch or ring to the other hand. All changes must be something the other group can see.
- After 40 seconds, the first group turns around and tries to find all the changes the other group made.
- Once the changes have been recognized, the groups switch, giving each team a chance to make changes.
This game will stimulate the participants’ minds and challenge their memory. Incorporate this activity when a lack of energy is apparent. Another game to motivate your team of employees: This activity is fun, excellent for energizing your team, and also great as a get-to-know-one another exercise. It doesn’t take up a lot of time and requires a few simple materials like a pen, tape, and small sheets of paper. Recommended group size can range from 6-40 people.
- A sheet of paper for every person.
- As manager, come up with pairs of things such as, salt and pepper, yin and yang, shadow and light, peanut butter and jelly, Mickey and Minnie mouse, male and female, and so forth.
- Separate the pairs and write only one of them per piece of paper. (Salt on one paper, pepper on a completely different paper).
- Tape one paper on the back of each person, making sure they can’t see it.
- When you say go, everyone must walk around asking yes or no questions in order to find out what word they have taped to their backs.
- Once they figure that out, they’ll be able to find their other pair. The two will sit down and learn three to five interesting facts about one another.
- Optional step: have the pairs introduce their partners and the interesting facts they learned about them.
This exercise will encourage communication and creativity among the participants. Learning how to ask the right questions will be a challenge. It will also encourage teamwork as interacting with the other team members is necessary. Find Your Creativity Painting is often touted as one of the best ways to relieve stress, find your creativity, and in turn feel motivated to tackle the not so enlightening tasks at hand. Whether you are new to the arts attempting beginner’s oil painting or a seasoned veteran making a career out of your masterpieces, painting is a great way to create motivation for just about anything. Painters find motivation in their creations because they begin to see things they’ve never seen before. New ideas to fuel their motivational side to do more. Painting is a closely beloved tradition of being creative and creativity leads to more creativity which results in renewed motivation in cyclical form. Photography is founded upon the same reasoning and application. What is reality is viewed from different perspectives and a photograph translates the photographers individual and unique perspective. For the same reasons creativity in painting increases motivation, so does photography. Grab a camera and start capturing moments! For specialized motivation, head outdoors and capture the natural world through photography. Our course, Hiking for Photographers, is taught by a skilled and experienced educator with over 30 years in the great outdoors. In this course, he brings together the elements of photography with the natural outdoors and focuses on connecting you with the tools to capture the great natural landscape. Spend Some Time with Nature Being outside and feeling connected with the energy of nature is probably the quickest and most effective form of motivation you can find. The calming nature of the outdoors brings us back to the basics and helps us clear our minds and if you’re hiking or strolling through the woods, does wonders for clearing our lungs and blood. When this happens, we are stripped of the mental distractions that usually breed negativity and cause stress and we can therefore regroup. It seems that just being out in nature does your body, mind and soul some good. According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the closer you live to nature, the healthier you’re likely to be. The study took an objective look at 345,143 Dutch people’s medical records, assessing health status for 24 conditions, including cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological diseases. The records were then correlated with how much green space was located within 1 kilometer and 3 kilometers of a person’s postal code. And what did researchers find? People who lived within 1 kilometer of a park or a wooded area experienced less anxiety and depression than those who lived farther away from green space. Additionally, people living in urban environments had a higher prevalence of 15 of the 24 conditions, with the relationship strongest for anxiety disorder and depression. It’s interesting to note that the green space’s health benefits were only found when they were within a kilometer (not 3 kilometers away), except for anxiety disorders, gastrointestinal digestive disorders and other medically unexplained physical symptoms, according to the research. Live in a city with no green space nearby? No worries! Other studies by researchers in England and Sweden have found that joggers who exercise in a natural green setting with trees, foliage and landscape views, feel more restored, and less anxious, angry and depressed than those runners who burn the same amount of calories in gyms or other urban settings. So even if you have to drive a few miles to find a little green, it’s worth it! (www.sparkpeople.com) Exercise Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. If this isn’t enough to create motivation in your life then I don’t know what will! For a different spin on using exercise for motivation, check out our Tai-Chi course! Meditation Meditation has two important benefits. It prevents stress from getting into the system and releases accumulated stress that is in the system. Both of these happen simultaneously, leaving one refreshed and joyful. With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases. On a physical level, meditation:
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
- Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
- Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
- Improves the immune system
- Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an Alpha state that promotes healing. The mind becomes fresh, delicate and beautiful. With regular practice of meditation:
- Anxiety decreases
- Emotional stability improves
- Creativity increases
- Happiness increases
- Intuition develops
- Gain clarity and peace of mind
- Problems become smaller
- Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
- A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
- An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
- The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection
- Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.
Deriving motivation from various activities provides you with a complete set of tools from which to utilize to carry out any goal whatsoever!