5 Tips for Staying Motivated

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    We’ve all heard the criticisms about millennials. They’re supposedly “lazy, entitled, and unmotivated,” as Janell Hazelwood writes in a recent Black Enterprise post, and while some slothful workers perpetuate this stereotype, not all 20-somethings fit the description. That said, Hazelwood knows it’s sometimes possible for even motivated folks to develop cases of “the lazies,” and with that in mind, she made a terrific list of 5 tips for staying motivated.

    The advice is pitched at millennials, but really, workers of all ages have something to gain by reading Hazelwood’s recommendations. Scroll down to see how you can stave off boredom and laziness and stay engaged in work and in life.

    1. Get Health Check-Ups — After college, mom and dad might not remind you to see the doc at regular intervals and get check-ups, STD tests, and dental cleanings. If you’re feeling good, you’ll be more likely to perform well on the job, so be sure stay on top of your health appointments. Hazelwood also suggests speaking with a counselor every now and then, even if you’re in decent spirits. “It doesn’t hurt to talk to someone, whether it’s about your latest promotion or how to cope with the stress of finding out what exactly you want to do with your life,” she writes.

    2. Get Fit — Exercise boosts your energy and makes you feel better, so lace up those sneakers and move that body. Don’t like the gym? Try dancing for 30 minutes each morning.

    3. Stay Sharp — According to Hazelwood, “mental and intellectual stimulation” are essential for keeping your creative muscles nice and toned. Read challenging books, play difficult video games, and go with friends to interactive events. If you keep doing the same things over and over again, you’re bound to feel bored and tired.

    4. Never Stop Learning — “It’s a great idea to challenge yourself to learn something new or brush up on skills such as languages, coding, cosmetology or sports, especially if it could help your career in some way,” Hazelwood writes. For Hazelwood, relearning the saxophone proved a great way to stay sharp, but even non-musical folks have plenty of options.

    5. Don’t Lose Perspective — Use a blog or vision board to sort out your thoughts and figure out what makes you happy, Hazelwood suggests. “Maybe you just need a kick in the pants via inspiring comments, shared experiences or responses to your writing,” she writes.