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How To Stay Motivated If You Don’t Really Like Your Job

How To Stay Motivated If You Don’t Really Like Your Job

Most people have had jobs that they weren’t exactly in love with. You might even be in a job right now that makes you feel completely unmotivated. However, there are probably many reasons for why you need to keep your current job, such as money or family-related reasons.

Here are 10 ways about how to stay motivated if you don’t really like your job.

1. Figure out why you are not motivated.

Do you know exactly why you are not motivated? This should be the first thing that you do. Figure out why you are not motivated before moving on to the next steps.

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2. Don’t bring your stress home.

This can mean multiple things. Do not bring work home if you don’t need to. If your work is what is causing you stress, then you should try to leave it completely at work at all costs, if possible.

This also means that you shouldn’t let a bad day at work make you feel miserable at home as well. Try to keep work and home completely separated so that you can enjoy your off time.

3. Be positive.

If you have a negative attitude about your job, then it will probably make you less motivated. You need to try to think as positively as you can and have a good outlook about the tasks that you are doing.

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4. Have an action plan for what you will do next.

If you don’t plan on staying at the job that you don’t really like, then you should come up with a way to find a better job or make additional money. You could start thinking about what your next job will be, how you will get that job, whether you will need schooling, and so on.

5. Find hobbies that you enjoy outside of work.

Having something that you enjoy outside of work can really make work more enjoyable. Hobbies will allow you to take your mind off of work and truly relax. Making time for yourself is important.

6. Be a great worker.

Even if you do not like your job, you should still be a great worker. If your bosses appreciate your work and praise you, then you will more likely be more motivated at your job.

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7. Take a break when you need to.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should stop being efficient worker, but you should take a break when you need to. If you have been skipping your lunch break for the past ten years, you’re just hurting yourself. You should take breaks so that you can feel refreshed when you go back to work.

8. Realize what you have to look forward to.

I’m sure there is some reason for why you can’t leave your current job. You need to think about your end goal and why you currently are where you are. Maybe you are working this current position so that you can possibly one day get a promotion. Maybe you are working this less-than-motivating position because you need to pay for your college degree. In the previous case, you need to think about how great it will feel when you finally graduate from college.

9. Start enjoying your work.

I’m sure that there is something that you do at work which you enjoy more than other tasks. See if you can do your more enjoyable tasks first. Also, interact more with those that you work with if you are a social person. If you enjoy being at work because of the environment, then you also may start to enjoy other aspects of your work as well.

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10. Dress like you are still motivated.

It can be easy to start “letting go” and not caring about your appearance any longer. However, don’t adopt this mindset. Make sure that you are still dressing the part and that you still feel confident with the way that you present yourself.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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