Winter blues: our favourite motivational quotes for work

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With winter gradually looming, the days getting shorter and the cold weather setting in, it can be difficult to conjure up the motivation to stay productive. These winter blues affect all of us in one way or another, with the loss of summer making it incredibly difficult to stay productive.

To get you through the day, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite positivity-boosting quotes about work life to keep you going through the winter period.

Boosting determination

This is one of our favourites. There’s nothing quite like resting with the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve had a fully productive day. That said, it’s important to not stretch yourself too thinly – try and find a healthy balance and avoid unnecessary stress!

Reward finding

When we find ourselves stuck within time consuming tasks, it can be difficult to visualise what the end goal will look like. This quote reminds us that while sometimes work itself isn’t directly rewarding, the ability to keep doing what we love is sometimes a reward in and of itself.

Mind over matter

Procrastination can be a real problem. With big tasks, getting started is the most difficult thing to do. However, this take from martial arts legend Bruce Lee reminds us that sometimes, the best thing is to get started.

Hard work

While working hard pays dividends from time to time, we must find some time to enjoy ourselves outside of the 9-5. Afterall, a happy mind is a healthy mind. So, spend some time with friends and family, make memories and above all; have fun.

Seizing opportunities

It would be remiss for us to not include this iconic quote from Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky. Work life is filled with opportunities that we sometimes fail to take advantage of, especially when we lack motivation. So, when something comes your way this winter, go for it.

Contribute your value

We all have different interpretations of success. Some think of it as earning loads of money; others believe it is measured in job performance. Whatever you believe, try to make sure that your outputs have a positive effect on your life, whatever that may be.

Believe in yourself

Have you ever felt like a task is impossible to complete? You’re not alone. This quote from 26th President Theodore Roosevelt tells us that when we are faced with circumstances like this, sometimes the best thing to do is invest in ourselves. Try looking back at your accomplishments and appreciate just how far you’ve come in your career!

The power of visualisation

These are some wise words from famed actor Jim Carrey. Manifestation can help us make more informed decisions about where we need to be to achieve our goals. However, it’s much more than just that. You have to put in the work if you want to see results.

Overcoming barriers

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was one determined individual. Of course, he didn’t get there by being held back. This infamous quote is all about things preventing our professional development. No matter what it is that’s keeping you from progressing, let it go and get that pebble out of your shoe!

Love your work

Steve Jobs was a massively influential person within the technology industry. He truly loved what he did, which is exemplified through his major success. The best work doesn’t feel like work at all. Love what you do, and do it well.