A lot of people struggle to motivate themselves to go to work every day. There are a lot of possible reasons why you might be struggling with this yourself. Maybe your boss or coworkers are difficult to get along with. Or maybe you feel like you’re being underpaid.
Whatever the reason, you probably don’t want to just keep slogging along like this. So here are a few things you can try to grow your motivation and inject some more happiness back into your career.
1. Find a Sense of Purpose in Your Work
One of the best ways to turn your situation around is to simply find a sense of purpose in the work that you perform. You can do this on more than one level.
First, take a look at the final product or service that your company provides to your end customers. How does that product improve their lives? How does it make things easier for them or make them happier?
Then, look at the work you do and your place in your organization. How does your work contribute to the overall success of the company? Your part in the grand scheme of things might not seem that significant at first glance, but they obviously need someone like you. Otherwise that job position wouldn’t even exist.
Also, consider how having this job helps you, your family and even your community. Your paycheck keeps a roof over your head and food on the table. Whether you’re single or have a family to take care of, surely this counts for something. And the money that you earn is then used to support businesses in your community, helping their employees to pay their bills and so on.
2. Take Time Off to Reset
Sometimes you can still feel unmotivated even when you enjoy your work and your work environment. Many workers today are overworked and are on the edge of burnout. When that happens, there’s not much you can do to put a good spin on it. You simply need to take a break.
Now, you might not actually be burned out. What if you’re just bored or feeling stuck? If that’s the case you might benefit by taking a break from your usual work to upgrade your education or gain some new skills. A gap year or work sabbatical might do you a lot of good in this situation.
3. Try to Move Up in the Company
A lot of people feel stuck in their jobs, but they continue to endure this mediocre existence as if they have no other options. If you find yourself not hating your job but not loving it either, maybe you should try to get a promotion. It could mean an increase in pay and a whole new world of responsibilities to explore. You might discover that you’re a natural leader, and all you needed was the chance to show it.
Check with HR about other career options within the company and what that career path might look like. Put the word out that you are interested in moving up. Do your job to the best of your ability and always be on the lookout for additional ways to contribute.
Commit to this path for at least six months and then take another look at how you feel about this job, this industry and this company. If you have found a new sense of passion for the work and a sense of mission in earning that promotion, then keep going.
But if you just hate this job and feel more unmotivated than ever, then you might want to consider your next move and create an exit strategy.
Nobody likes feeling stuck in a dead-end job. If that perfectly describes your situation right now, then see if these three tips might help you turn things around and get more motivation to stick with this job. At the very least, it might help you get clarity about whether you are just experiencing a temporary setback or if your entire career path is a dead end.
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