I consider myself to be lucky because I work in a place that I love. There isn’t a moment where I sit at my desk and hate my job, or have nothing to do, or just want to quit. My team makes it easy to be there, we motivate each other and we make it a comfortable and fun environment. Sadly, not everyone feels the way I do. Some people wake up every morning dreading to go to work because they don’t like their job, their coworkers, their boss, or they are just not motivated to work. Motivation can be tough, but the end results are mostly satisfying. Whether it is working out, eating right, or working harder, you will be happy and glad you did it once you are done with it.
So what do you do when you start to get bored at work, feel lazy, don’t want to deal with your coworkers, and become frustrated?
Define Your Goals
Why did you take the job in the first place? Your answer could range from simply making money, to furthering your career. Focusing on the “why” can help you feel motivated, regardless of whether you like your job or not. Think about the end result, whether it is your paycheck, a promotion, buying a new car, etc. When you finally achieve your goals, you will feel rewarded and motivated to keep going.
Take a Break
Working 8+ hours a day can be tiring for your mind and body. Take a break and walk around the office, drink a cup a tea, grab a snack, or do something that will take your mind off what you’re currently working on. Don’t let yourself get bored, keep your mind active but distract it before you get too tired of working on the same thing.
Like I mentioned before, it is good to have your long term goals clear, but in addition to that you should set short term goals and reward yourself when you complete them. Studies show that our brains are wired to respond positively to success and rewards, so every time you succeed your brain will release dopamine, which will motivate you and will make you happy.
Motivation usually disappears when we feel like we have failed. Instead of viewing projects that aren’t successful as failures, try seeing them as learning opportunities. The path to success rarely follows a straight road, but it is up to you to hit the bumps and take the detours and use them to learn and adjust your strategies.
Finding motivation at your job is more of a mindset than anything else. If you wake up and have a good attitude about going into work, your day will be easier and you will be inspired to work hard. Always remember to have clear goals, reward yourself, take breaks, and stay positive.