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.
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.
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.
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.
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.