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Keeping Motivated at Work

Feb 25, 2008
Whether you're at a job you love or a job you simply do because you need to pay your bills, there are plenty of ways to actually enjoy your time at the office. So often, employees are quick to point out the flaws of their job and the injustices they face on a daily basis. This creates not only a negative working environment, but also a work space in which the productivity is limited by the beliefs of the workers. If you don't believe your job is worth your time, you're probably not going to put a lot of effort into it. But you can change your mind about work - and you might just find that the hours fly by.

Finding What You Don't Enjoy

Very often, we can get caught up in the idea that work is drudgery and that we need to hate it in order to be 'normal.' But if you were to ask people their thoughts on their current job, you would be surprised to hear that more often than not, people don't hate their jobs. If you feel like your work is something that you truly dislike, take a moment to write out the reasons what you don't like it. These should be simple reasons that cause you to complain or things that you wish you could change. Once you start this exercise, you might find that you don't have as much to say as you tend to share with coworkers.

Plan Something Revolutionary

One of the things that employees tend to forget is that when they complain, their complaints are often legitimate. But instead of simply talking about what is wrong, they should be taking the time to figure out how to set things right. With your list of things you would change, make some notes as to how you could change each of these items. This will help you come up with a plan of 'attack' on your current state of mind. Employees who take the time to change their work environment feel more invested in their jobs and in the outcomes, which leads to a more satisfying career.

Create Workable Goals

To help you feel more like you are doing something worthwhile at work, you should not only create general To Do lists with your typical tasks, but also personal lists of things you want to achieve every day. For example, you might want to create a goal of working on a particular project for so many hours or emailing certain people for help on a project that you need to start. Think about ways you can measure progress and success for yourself. For example, for each project, you complete, you might want to tack up a gold star on your calendar. This will encourage you to continue being efficient, while also showing you that you are more than capable of getting ahead.

Work doesn't have to be a place that fills you with dread. By looking at it as another place where you can flex your creativity muscles, and become a positive productive member of the company.
About the Author
Sean Rasmussen is a full time internet marketer and is the accredited author of the Mindset Mastery eBook. He is a graduate of 21st Century Academy . His real passions are the topics of motivation, lifestyle, self improvement and success.
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