Staying Motivated at Work: 3 Crucial Tips

“Staying Motivated at Work: 3 Crucial Tips” was originally posted by hint Founder & CEO, Kara Goldin, on LinkedIn here:

My professional life has spanned every tier of the ladder—from waiting tables to running the show. Today, I’m blessed to say I have a fulfilling career that keeps me excited and challenges me to grow. There are no two ways about it—as founder and CEO of hint water, I have a great job. But even that pinnacle position you worked so hard for can lose its spark sometimes, and staying driven and inspired might become harder than it once was. No matter what professional role you find yourself in, here are three important tips to help keep you motivated.

1. Get Listed

I’m a big believer in lists. Beyond the obvious benefits of keeping you organized and focused, lists are goals that you set for yourself on a daily basis. For those of us who work in fast-paced, chaotic environments, it’s easy to reach the end of our workday without knowing exactly what it is we did, and that can be defeating. By making a list of your tasks every morning, you clearly establish your objectives. As you move through your day crossing each assignment off, you provide yourself with a kind of reward system that leaves you feeling accomplished and proud of your work (and yourself). When 5 ‘o clock rolls around—or 8 ‘o clock, as is often the case—you can look back over your list with gratification in what you were able to achieve and excitement for the work ahead.

2. Disconnect

When you love what you do, it’s easy to allow that passion to keep you glued to your office, phone, and laptop. There’s nothing wrong with hard work, but there comes a point when being committed means taking a break in order to keep you at your optimal for the long haul. What that looks like will depend on you. Maybe it’s just for a weekend—no phone or email for 48 hours might be exactly what you need to get energized and back on track. Other times, you might need a whole week to relax and rejuvenate.

For me, disconnecting often means a change in scenery. Time off is nice—but if I spend it in a familiar routine, I don’t reap the full benefits of taking a break. Seeing something new is a great way to refresh. Whether it’s a beach you haven’t visited before, or a road trip to that town you’ve always wanted to check out, getting out into the world and having an adventure, even if it’s just a simple one, is the perfect way to hit the reset button on your outlook and energy level.

3. Can’t Buy Me Love

There comes a point in everyone’s career where we have to ask ourselves: Why am I doing this? If you don’t love the work you’re doing, no amount of list-making or road trip-taking is going to get you excited about showing up every day and giving it your all. Believing in what you do is top-tier, and in my experience there’s no way to really dig into your work if it’s not fulfilling for you on a deeper level—not even the most impressive pay check will keep you fully invested in the long run. Your time is precious—devote it to work you’re passionate about, and let the difference you’re making be the ultimate motivation.

Kara Goldin is Founder and CEO of Hint Water, the fastest-growing flavored water in the United States. Kara started Hint when she couldn’t find a healthy water that tasted great without questionable additives like sweeteners. Hint Water has 0 calories, 0 sugar, and 0 diet sweeteners and can be purchased online at in a variety of flavors including Blackberry and Watermelon, in both still and sparkling. Kara just launched NEW Hint Kick for those who want caffeine, but not any added stuff like sugar and diet sweeteners. Hint Kick has already received rave reviews from the NY Post and BevNet.