How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you just can’t be bothered to do anything? Maybe you’re feeling unmotivated, or maybe you just don’t see the point in what you’re doing. It’s normal to feel this way at times, but it’s important to find ways to stay productive despite your feelings. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for staying motivated when you can’t be bothered at work.
It can be difficult to stay motivated when you’re feeling uninterested or apathetic about your work. However, there are some things you can do to try and get yourself out of this funk. First, it’s important to take a step back and assess why you’re feeling this way. Are you bored with your current tasks? Do you feel like you’re not being challenged? Or are you just having an off day? Once you’ve identified the source of your frustration, it will be easier to find a solution.
You’ve had time off and you can’t be bothered
If you’ve had a holiday or a long break, getting back into gear is hard. The problem is waiting for motivation to strike. In fact actually doing something – anything is the best way. Did you know that making your bed in the morning gives you a sense of accomplishment and boosts your mood for the day? So even if it’s just tidying your desk, or doing some filing – getting started is key.
It can be helpful to set yourself small goals throughout the day, so that you have a sense of achievement as you tick them off. It might be something as simple as making sure you answer all emails by lunchtime, or finishing that report by the end of the day. Having a list of things to do will help you focus and stay on track.
And finally, remember that it’s okay to take breaks! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, taking a few minutes to yourself can actually help increase your productivity in the long run.
You’ve realised you hate your work
uh oh! This is a tough one. But all is not lost. If you’re in a job that you really don’t like, it can be hard to find the motivation to do anything. But there are some things you can do to try and make the best of the situation.
First, it’s important to take a step back and assess why you’re feeling this way. Do you dislike the company culture? Are your co-workers making you unhappy? Or is it the work itself that you don’t enjoy? Once you’ve identified the source of your frustration, it will be easier to find a solution.
If possible, try and edge your way out and tell yourself you are soaking up every learning opportunities. Sometimes this has a strange effect where you end up actually enjoying a new element at work. Your mood is responsive and you get picked for better tasks. Try it!
Bored with the work in general
If you’re simply bored with your work, try mixing up your routine or taking on new projects.
That might even mean something socially. Social activities at work or outside of it to look forward to can improve job satisfaction and motivation, so see if there are any events or clubs you can join. If you’re feeling like you need a change of scenery, talk to your boss about the possibility of working from home or taking on a new role within the company. Jump into the loos and send your friend a meme. Take a half hour to really just let rip at being useless. Then get over it and get on with it.
Often lack of motivation is fear of failure. As one quote says , “the only way to do great work is to love what you do”. It’s not about being the best, it’s about finding something you’re passionate about and giving it your all. If you’re feeling like your work is pointless, ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. Sometimes all it takes is a small change to make a big impact.
If you’re struggling to find meaning in your work, try talking to your boss or colleagues about ways you can be more involved in projects that interest you. Alternatively, look for opportunities to volunteer or take on leadership roles within your company. These experiences can help build confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment.
Not being challenged
If you’re not being challenged, it’s important to have a discussion with your boss about your career goals. They may be able to give you more responsibility or assign you to projects that are more in line with what you want to be doing. It’s also possible that you simply need to take on some additional training or education to progress in your field.
Do you need to moonlight and work for someone else? What about training or a new skill? Life isn’t all about the grind, and a passion in the evening may translate to some passion for your day job too.
Just having an off day
Everyone has days where they’re not feeling their best. If this is the case, try to take some time for yourself to relax and de-stress. This might mean taking a break from work, going for a walk, or reading your favorite book. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to have an off day every once in a while – we all need some time to recharge.
Analyse your cycle and see if that holds a clue. For many people with a menstrual cycle, there can be peaks and troughs in energy and motivation levels.
If you find that your work performance suffers during certain times of the month, it might be worth keeping track of your cycle to see if there’s a pattern. Once you’ve identified when you’re likely to feel more or less motivated, you can plan your workload accordingly. For example, if you know you’re going to have a low day next Wednesday, try to schedule lighter tasks for that day.
These are just a few tips for staying motivated when you can’t be bothered at work. Remember, it’s normal to feel unmotivated at times, but it’s important to find ways to push through these feelings and stay
Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery to jumpstart your motivation. Move that desk, clean that office drawer, make a coffee, and plough on.
We know you can do it!