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How do you motivate yourself to keep going, even when you do not feel like remaining on task?

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By: Rachelle Enns

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It is essential that, as a professional, you can remain on task and focused even when your motivation levels may not be high. The interviewer would like to know that you are highly diligent and disciplined. Nobody is wholly motivated 100% of the time but do assure the interviewer that you can quickly get yourself back on track.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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"When I am not feeling completely on task, I will take a quick walk or run to the nearest Starbucks for a coffee. I am usually very focused, so if I am feeling foggy, it's just my body telling me to change my pace for a few minutes."

Admin
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"I like to give myself a few rewards throughout the day for completing tasks that are not the most fun. For example, if I have to call some clients that are not the kindest to me, I will tell myself that once I complete them, I can do some design work, which I enjoy."

Manager
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"As a manager, I need to keep myself, and my team motivated as much as possible. I will run contests for gift cards or inter-office competitions with some reward attached. Seeing the energy from my team keeps me motivated on days that I may not be feeling as energized as I could."

Marketing
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"My clients depend on me every step of the way, from project start to end. I cannot take much downtime so to remain motivated; I like to research new concepts and learn new skills. Each skill I gain, the better my delivery will be to the client."

Retail
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"If I do not feel motivated it is because I am not busy enough, I do not enjoy downtime on the job. I will create jobs for myself or take on extra tasks to keep my motivation levels up."

Sales
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"In sales, motivation can be a challenging thing to maintain at all times. Salespeople are usually very competitive and like to win, which is a significant source of motivation. Because I like to win, I will complete the more menial tasks of my day as soon as I enter the office. This way, I can spend the remainder of my day focused on tasks that I enjoy doing."

Teacher
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"On my toughest days as an educator, I will remind myself why I teach, and that keeps me motivated. I look at my students and how much they are growing and learning. This approach helps me to stay on track and keep going when motivation levels are low."

Electrician Apprentice
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"If I do not feel motivated it is because I am not busy enough. I do not enjoy downtime on the job. I will create jobs for myself or take on extra tasks to keep my motivation levels up."

Painter
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"Sometimes painting can become a little mundane after some time so I will stay focused by setting small milestones and goals for myself. An example may be that I will commit to finishing a particular area before breaking for lunch."

Treasury Assistant
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"I use a calendar to be reminded of upcoming meetings and deadlines, as well as daily/weekly to-do lists, by prioritizing the most important duties, to ensure I am on top of things. I review and amend my lists every morning, throughout the day, and in the afternoon before leaving for the day."

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
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"When I work with clients that are having a hard time finding employment I encourage them to volunteer. Volunteering gets them out into the workforce​, keeps them active and gives them a purpose that I encourage them to find."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 08/17/2018
Last modified on: 03/23/2019
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