No one feels motivated all the time, especially if their place of employment is a bit lackluster. Even those who love their jobs may find that there are days — or even weeks — when they fight to stay motivated. Without motivation, not only is it difficult to do your best work, but you may find boredom creeping into your life.
Lack of motivation at work and in life can lead to destructive behaviors. This fact is especially true for those in Recovery from Substance Addiction.
Motivation is a state of mind. If you find that you have no motivation at work, it’s time to do something about it and change up your routine.
The Danger of No Motivation at Work
Boredom or lack of motivation at work isn’t necessarily dangerous. However, when you allow your workplace motivation to decline, this blassé attitude can eventually lead to destructive behaviors. Boredom is a perilous path that makes habits like drug and alcohol use seem acceptable.
When no one expects anything from you, you may be tempted to lower your own personal expectations. As the old saying goes, “An idle mind is the devil’s playground.” For those in Recovery, the easiest and quickest way to solve your boredom is by getting high or drinking, as these habits seem to require no effort on your part.
Tips for Work Motivation
People tend to lose their motivation at work because of a lack of personal interest in their job. When you feel no creative connection with what you’re doing, boredom is bound to follow. Lack of motivation is a waste of your precious time, and at the end of the day, it’s no fun.
Even if your job is more of an obligation than a pleasure, here are some tips for motivating yourself at work:
- Remember that it’s okay to feel a lack of motivation: The first step to ramping up your motivation is understanding that feeling a bit disinterested in work from time to time is normal. Now that you know you’re not alone in this, it’s time to amp up your motivation.
- Stick with it: The problem with a lack of motivation is that it leads many to feel like the grass is greener somewhere else. Unless you’re in a toxic work environment, fight the urge to quit and make the most of things where you are.
- Commit to being passionate: Doing the bare minimum or shoddy work means that you’ll always stay in a rut. If you’re planning to stay at this job, commit to giving it your all. Fake it till you make it if you have to — you may find yourself growing increasingly passionate about your work.
- Mentor someone else: Offer to handle on-boarding for any new hires at your workplace. As you take them by the hand and show them the ropes, you could discover a renewed interest in your job.
- Break things down step by step: Sometimes, it’s large projects or challenging assignments that sap our motivation dry. If you’ve got something tricky on the horizon, break it down step by step and create a plan of action.
- Stay social: Isolation can make you feel utterly unmotivated at work, so break up your workday with social opportunities. Whether it’s showing up five minutes early for a meeting or taking advantage of your coffee breaks, informal chit-chat will help you build meaningful connections with others.
- Invest in outside endeavors: If your job doesn’t light your fire, find your passions outside the nine to five grind. Volunteer, take a class or try something creative. Investing in this kind of extracurricular work will increase your energy and motivation while you’re on the job.
Motivational Quotes for Work
In case you find yourself dragging during your workday, here are some motivational quotes you can post around your workspace to help amp up your day:
- You are not here merely to make a living…You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. –Woodrow Wilson
- Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best. –St. Jerome
- Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. –Norman Vincent Peale
Find a Better Way With 7 Summit Pathways
If a stale, lackluster lifestyle has led to destructive, addictive behaviors, remember that help is available. At 7 Summit Pathways, our holistic approach to Recovery will ensure that you get the personalized treatment you need. Shake things up in your life. Make your appointment today or contact us to find out how 7 Summit Pathways can help you. We are what works.