Editor's note: Harry Gove, OnePoll, was selected as a finalist of the 2022 Oustanding Young Researcher Award which is a category in the Marketing Research and Insight Excellence Awards. To find out more about the awards click here.

A good work ethic starts with a good work-life balance for me. It’s impossible to motivate yourself to do the tasks you need to do within your working day if you aren’t taking time out to relax and properly “clock off” outside of work. Working in a role which is very screen based, it’s important to clear your mind and spend time outside or taking part in activities away from technology in your free time – for me this means heading out on my bike or for walks in the countryside, as well as exploring new places to eat and drink in Bristol.

Allowing yourself enough time to relax outside of work, and making sure you separate your work and personal lives, means that when you are at work the ideas will flow better and you’ll find yourself being more creative and motivated. If there is a problem at work you are trying to solve, taking that break away from it often means you can come back refreshed and with a clear head.

At work, I find the best way to keep motivated when you may feel that you have a lot to do, is to divide up tasks into more manageable chunks. By writing down everything that needs to be done in a day and prioritizing based on what is going to be achievable in that time makes things easier to manage. If things are piling up, I find it best to try and cross off a few easy-to-fix items first to reduce the amount that needs to be done and motivate myself toward the bigger challenges. Enough can’t be said about the benefits of setting yourself on “do not disturb” to free up from any distractions!

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