I am extremely unmotivated at work.
I’ve had this job for two years. I can’t move up, i can’t move sideways, unless i pursue a degree in information services (which i don’t want to do).
I really feel at a crossroads. At this time, i am planning to study graphic design next year. I am currently trying to save up for my wedding which i think will be early next year. I have my full-time job, and a casual job on the side for more $.
I doubt that i would find another full-time job that would pay equally or more than what i’m getting, especially because i would need to go part-time in Feb next year to study full-time.
So in the meantime, how do i stay motivated? My performance is terrible, i have a review this coming Tuesday and i know i suck. There are no other new skills i feel i can learn here, and my brain feels like it’s turning to mush. Please help!
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just think about your fiance as your inspiration so that you will be motivated
Fake it to make it..Pretend your in a play and your the actor, I do this daily in my shitey job..lol ..My two pennies worth xo
Thanks for your advice.
Hmm…i do love daydreaming about my fiance. Tee hee! But yeah, i need to look busy at the same time.
I liked the other idea, about pretending i’m in a play. That’s really cool actually.
I should be an actress..I fake it daily..Hmm…maybe I should post a question,,,lol…..How do you get past not living your true calling???
sammithele’s advice is really good.
what i do, is just go through the motions, and keep myself thinking bout the weekend, or something good happening, like one of my friends whom i havnt seen in 3 years (since my grandmas funeral) is coming up monday, and thats getting me through this horrid week ive been having.
Hehe guess what? I have a performance review on Tuesday. Crap!
good luck with that :D
I had a job like that (my last job, for four years!) and I never really did get motivated. I used that job as an opportunity to make contacts, read, do homework, whatever. I don’t really know if that’s helpful from a motivation standpoint, but I did a lot of “me work” at that job, so that can’t be bad.
I hope your performance review goes well just think about al the things you will be able to buy just use little things to keep you motivated.
So i work at a really reputable company and i have a really good paying job at the age of 21. Im living a good life with a good house good girlfriend and everything. but im still left unsatisfied. I use the time that i feel is useless and research and learn and read news and look into future propositions or opportunities. I surf basically looking for something to pass the time or for something that will interest me for my near future. My goal is to be an entrepreneur but i seem to be in a rut of bill paying! Once i am out of that rut in a couple of years i plan to start saving for that!!!
My advise: Find your passion… What do you find interest in? If you cant make a career change right now because your good at what you do than you have to implement a plan or else you will never be happy. The first step to finding what you want is realizing what you dont want. It helps me throughout the day knowing that i have a goal set to be an entrepreneur one day and i will use that as a motivator every day. IT HELPS to have a goal. Set your goal higher than you think you can achieve.
I am in the exact same boat. Sitting here at work “searching” for motivation. It’s hard when you get paid a salary, you can’t move up, can’t move down, can’t make more money (unless I decide to work 60 hours a week and HOPE that I’m given a bonus for the week). I do the same stuff every single day. Nothing is different. I’m never caught up, I’m always playing catch-up because of the amount of work my boss has (I am his assistant). I’m so incredibly bored from doing the same exact thing every single day for the past 5 years. I just want to quit and do whatever the f***** I want! But that’s completely unrealistic. *SIGH* :(
There is something positive in just about every job. Are there people that you work with that you like or would like to get to know better? If so, start a lunchtime “walking group” - you’ll get outside and get some exercise and it will make you feel better.
You will also feel better if you do a good job. It is stressful to know you’ve done a poor job and have a review coming up. Avoid that! You will be thankful later when you need your boss to write a recommendation for you.
Finally, someone once told me that instead of “thinking yourself into acting right,you should act your way into thinking right.” In other words, just act like you are motivated and happy at work and do your best. It is amazing how the world looks different and others open up to you. It may actually help you get a better job somewhere else, because as others move on in their jobs they will remember what a good job you did and what a pleasure you were to work with and will recommend you, which will make them look good. Everyone wins. Eventually you will find that you are a positive, motivated person, which will make you even MORE attractive to your fiance.
Good luck (and stop your whining, its very unbecoming)
“Act your way into thinking right” sounds great, but unrealistic. The reality is that this person is unhappy with her job and struggling to get through it every day and no amount of pretending is going to change that.
I’m going through the same thing, and what makes me feel better is knowing there are other people out there like me, that I’m not alone in being unhappy with my job or feeling unmotivated. So, if it makes you feel any better, here I am! I totally understand what you’re going through and, whatever you do, don’t get down on yourself. Your job sucks and that’s not your fault.
Another thing that helps me is making plans for the future, which you’re doing. Focusing on and dreaming about those plans and how you’re going to change your life into the one you want may help get you through the day.
I think Wdnabme’s approach is solid, too:
“…keep myself thinking bout the weekend, or something good happening, like one of my friends whom i havnt seen in 3 years (since my grandmas funeral) is coming up monday, and thats getting me through this horrid week ive been having.”
Best of luck! Things will get better.
I actually think “Acting your way into thinking right” is kind of realistic. Although what is or is not realistic depends on our own perceptions… I think it would work for me, anyway.
Thing is, I’ve never actually had any real goals my entire life (though I am only 16)-I’ve always just done things because they were fun, and even if something wasn’t fun (homework), I just did it anyway, and did it well. So oddly enough, setting goals for myself right now wouldn’t motivate me in any way. I always was a positive person, but maybe now I’m an in-betweener. I place a huge value on my friends, am generally laid back, am not overly concerned about material things… I just don’t get why I’m completely unmotivated to do the things I should be doing.
I guess I have to do what I’ve always done: just keep moving, even if it sucks, because there will always be something better in the future. I just wish my solution was more “Yay, I feel better now!” because it isn’t. Ah well, good luck all you people.
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