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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 September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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