Maybe it’s your boss who takes micromanagement to a whole new level. Maybe it’s the lack of career growth in your company. Or maybe it’s the lack of leadership.
Whatever the reason is, you can’t deny that you’re experiencing burnout and a lack of motivation. It’s only normal. Even the best and the most motivated employees go through this. But the good news is that there are ways to overcome this. Get out of the slump by following these steps:
Keep things in perspective
What was it that made you accept this job in the first place? Think about all the reasons why you said yes. You said yes because you love the office dynamics, because you like the challenges that the job entails, because you enjoy brainstorming with your team members who are the same age as you, or because the pay is good. Keep it in perspective and remind yourself again of the reasons why you love your job.
Whenever you accomplish something or complete a task, reward yourself. Whenever you meet a target or a goal, treat yourself to a little something. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. It can be a chocolate bar, a cup of coffee from the coffee shop downstairs, or even a quick 15-minute nap. The more often you do this, the better your brain will be wired to respond in a positive way to rewards.
Maintain a work-life balance
The most common reason people lose motivation in their jobs is because they feel overwhelmed or uninspired. To combat this period of ennui, do more of your favorite flow activities. Swim in the ocean. Climb a mountain. Run a marathon. Dance like no one is watching. Sing a song. Bake a cake from scratch. Read a book. Spend more time with family and friends. Take some time out to relax your mind and body. Just do more of what makes you happy and savor the renewed energy.
Celebrate your success
Consider having this job as one of your successes. Not everyone can be as lucky. Celebrate little milestones and achievements to inspire you to do more and achieve more. When you’re on a winning streak, there’s no time to feel unmotivated and uninspired.
Think about your goals
What will happen to all the things you’re planning to do five years from now if you start losing interest in this job? Think about the house you want to buy, the countries that you want to visit, and the dream wedding you want to have. If you keep feeding the negative energy, all those big plans will be for naught.
Make work fun
Put a positive spin on things at work by fostering an atmosphere of fun and playfulness. Instead of being stuck in your cubicle all day, you can work outside with a colleague, or just move to a different workstation. You can play some happy music during stressful or critical days. Laugh off the stress and the boredom. You will find that by changing your attitude towards work, you can gain some of the motivation back.