How to Motivate Yourself to Beat Redundancy Blues

How to Motivate Yourself to Beat Redundancy Blues 


Whilst redundant, one of the hardest things to do, is to be motivated and to maintain that motivated state. Motivating yourself is a huge factor in beating your redundancy blues. If you don’t feel motivated to get out of bed, it’s highly unlikely you will feel motivated to get a job.

What is motivation?

Motivation is about giving yourself a reason to do something. This reason is what fuels you into taking action. Once you have achieved your objectives or goals through that action, you will feel happy and satisfied that you have achieved your desired outcome and that in turn will lead you to want to do more.

When you are made redundant, you may find you are motivated to travel, to change career or to start your own business because now you have the time to do it. In this instance, time and opportunity are the motivators.

For a lot of people who are made redundant, initially one of the biggest motivators will be the desire to get a job. If a lot of time passes and you get rejection letters or no responses at all, it can feel like you are hitting your head against a brick wall and your desire to get a job will usually decrease as your hopelessness increases.

To have hope is a huge motivator. You can get hope by:

  • Believing in yourself
  • Surrounding yourself with positive people
  • Being in the company of people who believe in you and who tell you so
  • Joining groups of link-minded people for support
  • Reading about and talking to, people who have survived redundancy
  • Volunteering
  • Doing work experience

By volunteering and doing work experience, you know you have the skills and experience to benefit others. By benefiting others you will feel you are useful and valuable to a potential employer, giving you hope and therefore motivation to apply for more jobs.


You need to believe in yourself to feel motivated to achieve things in your life. If you don’t believe in yourself and your abilities, then why should anyone else? To believe in yourself, you need to like yourself and be comfortable with who you are. You can do this by:

  • Writing a list of everything positive about yourself – Include your personality traits, your intelligence, your looks
  • Writing a list of your achievements to date, both large and small
  • Writing a list of everything that you do for others
  • Regularly adding more things to each list
  • Saying positive affirmations to yourself throughout the day on a daily basis
  • Having a positive mental attitude
  • Being kind to yourself – If at first you don’t succeed, know that through determination you will

There are a number of other things you can do to be motivated and to maintain that motivation:

  • Acknowledge and pay attention to your achievements by writing a minimum of 5 successes every day in your diary
  • Use a calendar with motivational or positive messages and read these regularly
  • Every day, read books, blogs and social media with inspirational and positive quotes

Goal Setting:

  • Use a diary to set goals, both long and short term
  • Break your goals down into manageable stages using S.M.A.R.T tasking
  • For each stage prioritise tasks on a daily basis, using A for the highest priority, then B for the second highest and so on – Ensure A is completed by midnight
  • Use a checklist with the diary entries to mark off every time you complete a task so you can see what progress you are making
  • Tick off goals in your diary as you complete them so you have got a permanent reminder of your accomplishments

Reward Yourself:

  • Rewarding yourself for your efforts and achievements is positive confirmation of how well you are doing and will make you feel good
  • Rewarding yourself does not have to be expensive – You could buy yourself a favourite food treat, watch a movie or take time out to talk to a friend
  • If you don’t reward yourself for your efforts you will feel you are working hard for nothing and that is a sure way to de-motivate yourself – Do not skip this vital stage in the motivation process
  • The more you do to make yourself feel good about your achievements, the more reason you will have to want to achieve more


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