Working the same job every day may make it difficult feel motivated ever morning, but this is perfectly normal from time to time. Motivation is something that many people struggle with at some point in their careers. However, with some soul-searching and initiative, you should be back to enjoying work in no time.
(1) Assess your role and the role you hope to fill at work. What do you actually do? Sometimes, getting a fresh sense of your job can help you to forget the day-to-day annoyances which threaten to sap your motivation, and helps you concentrate on actually doing the job. Are there jobs you feel like you could do well? Are their projects that you want to tackle? Think about why you are working and why you are well-suited for the job.
Where do you see yourself working in 1-2 years? How is your current job helping you reach that goal?
(2) Find or create tasks that utilize your skills. If your job doesn't quite suit you passion or skill set, find a way make it fit. For example, if you love to write you might offer to draft the company newsletter, or offer suggestions to your boss about ways to improve the copy on your website. Input a bit of your own personality in your work and you'll find that the motivation takes care of itself.
(3) Keep track of your tasks and chores, and mark them when finished. One quick way to stay motivated at work is to look at what you have completed. Ticking off the to-do list is a good way to show you how much you have done in a day. It is also a great way to keep track of overall goals and show yourself how small, seemingly unimportant tasks come together to complete a larger project.
(4) Set goals and celebrate milestones. Working isn't always fun. But the best way to stay motivated when doing tedious or tough tasks is to remember the end-goal. The best goals are personal ones that mean a lot to you, making it much easier to motivate yourself.
After you complete a milestone, like finishing the first chapter of a manuscript or completing expense reports on time, reward yourself. Celebrate your accomplishments and they will become much more meaningful.
Your goals don't have to be related to your current job. You could be saving up to go back to school or working your way up the company ladder to a better job, too.
Focus on the reasons to work, not the reasons not to. Negative thoughts have a way of festering, growing, and getting worse the more you think and talk about them. Instead of always venting about a terrible boss, difficult tasks, and annoying coworkers, think about the things you do enjoy. Make a list of the positives in your work and try to think about them every time you hear yourself complaining or thinking about the negatives.
Thanks and God bless!
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