Starting a new job is alway somewhat exciting. But after years, or in some cases, decades of working for the same company, things can feel quite mundane, and it’s not at all uncommon to then feel unmotivated at work. Here are 3 simple ways you can get out of the work rut and get excited about your job again.
Take some time and do some self-evaluation. If you are feeling unmotivated at work, ask yourself questions such as: ‘am I being challenged at work?’ ‘When was the last time I stepped out of my comfort zone at work?’ ‘Am I doing my absolute best at work?’ If you are not being challenged in your job or you feel that you don’t need to put much effort in day-to-day, it can be easy to become complacent and feel as if you lack purpose at work.
- Adjust your attitude
After you’ve checked in with yourself, use these insights to make some minor adjustments. For example, if you don’t feel that you’re putting in your best effort each day, ask yourself ‘what would putting in 100% at my job look like?’ and challenge yourself to do just that. Do some research, look at some other workers that you admire, and set small practical goals that challenge you to do your job just a little bit better. Setting some goals will help you refocus and give you a more purposeful, productive feeling at the end of the day.
- Ask for more responsibility
If you are feeling unmotivated at work, it could be as simple as changing your attitude and setting some goals, but it could also be more complicated than that. If you feel your lack of motivation comes from lack of responsibility, or you’re doing work that doesn’t best align with the skills you bring to the company, don’t be afraid to talk to your supervisor. There is nothing wrong with requesting a bit more responsibility, in fact, this shows initiative and a commitment to the company.
We fully believe that employers should actively find new ways to motivate employees and create an environment that engages workers. But as workers, we also need to do our part to take care of ourselves and ensure that we find fulfilment in the things we are doing every single day.
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