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4 Ways to Stay Motivated at Work

When you first started your current job, you were probably excited and relieved to be employed. A few months later your enthusiasm for your job has diminished. You dread Monday mornings and you can’t wait to get back home after another 8 hours of stressful work. Your motivation for the job is no longer as strong. Firstly, you must take responsibility for this situation that you find yourself in. No one can motivate you except yourself. If you are unhappy at work, you are responsible for changing it. Assuming you want to continue working at your company, here are 4 things you can you do to change your attitude towards your job.

1. Consider what you enjoy about your job.

Think of several reasons why you enjoy working here. Perhaps you like working with some of your colleagues. Maybe you are working on a project that will enhance your experience or allow you to learn some new skills. Write these things down and read it when you are feeling depressed about your job. Instead of constantly focusing on why you hate your job, look on the bright side and be thankful that you have one.

2. Take a vacation.

If possible, take a few days or weeks off from your job. This time away from work will help you to get a better perspective on your job. Taking a vacation is just as important as getting adequate sleep. When you get enough sleep, you feel energized, refreshed and ready to conquer the world. After a restful vacation, you will come to work with a fresh set of eyes and perhaps a different outlook about your job.

3. Set some work goals.

When you have goals, it helps you to stay motivated, inspired and positive. Goals allow you to measure our progress. When we see that we are making a difference at work, it boosts our morale and increases our value to the company. Sometimes, the work goals are dictated by the company, boss or project. But you always can have additional career goals of your own. You can have goals to improve how you perform at your current work, get some more education and training or learn something new. There is an infinite number of goals you can set for yourself if you want to make some positive changes to your work life.

4. Have fun.

Work is only work when you rather be doing something else. Most people feel that they cannot have fun at work. Fun is what you do on the weekends. This is an incorrect attitude towards your job. The most happy and productive employees are those that love what they do and have fun doing it. If your job is stressful, take a few minutes each hour to give yourself a break. Use those few minutes to do something fun that makes you smile and happy. Think of those few minutes as a micro vacation. Having fun will boost your energy, productivity and creativity.

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