How Do You Stay Motivated and Productive at Work?

Four career consultants share their secrets to avoiding burnout
Industry Matters Newsletter
Mojitaba Bonakdar, Sr. Director Chemical Medicines, USP

I focus on part of the job that is fun and rewarding such as developing a new analytical method or launching a new product. I try not to think about annoyances like not being able to please everyone, and parameters outside of my control.

Lori Spangler, ACS Career Consultant

There are two things make me feel motivated and engaged at work: I am almost always excited about the science of the project I am working on, and, I am a life-long learner, so I am always looking for a chance to do something new, something that I have never tackled before. 

Chris Bannochie, Manager, Savannah River National Laboratory

An internal work ethic instilled by my parents and finding satisfaction in even small accomplishments.

Amy Lehman, Technical Recruiter, Verum Technical

Take breaks! I step away from the desk to refocus myself and clear my mind. There are a lot of things you can do to keep yourself motivated, but really you need to figure out what works best for you and make them habits! Remember you have good days and bad days, it does truly matter that the good outweigh the bad to stay motivated.

This article has been edited for length and clarity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of their employer or the American Chemical Society.

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