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How to Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job

Updated on October 24, 2015

Have you woken up feeling unhappy knowing that you have to go to the job you hated? There are a number of reasons why you’re feeling disengaged including: your boss, your salary, you don’t feel challenged, you have no clear goals, lack of initiative, and willingness to accept whatever they have to offer. Whatever your reasons may be, quitting might not always be an option.

Though some are losing their motivations and yet they can’t find an obvious exit route. Many individuals are still staying in jobs they hate because of two things: their title and the salary. And with a lesser job opportunities and contracting compensation, some people feel stuck in a job they hate.

But before giving up your two weeks’ notice and begin job searching, find a way to keep yourself motivated enough to keep your job and perform it well enough to provide quality work.

Here are 6 ways on how you can stay motivated at work:

Finding out the root of the problem

Find where the problems lie and start forming possible solutions. What’s keeping you from feeling positive at work?

Assessing yourself

Ask yourself, do you really hate your job or you just need to make some changes? There has still been a good reason why you’re still sticking around. If leaving is not an option, then ask yourself why exactly you’ve got to tough it out. Step back and see if you really have the right personality to succeed in the job. Whenever you’re feeling down about your job, bear in mind that it still paying your bills and filling your resume for the time being.

Leaving your misery at work

Never bring your on-the-job negativity home with you. This can be very challenging if you have a family. If you have kids, then it is more important to leave your misery behind. Your family doesn’t need to know that your job equals unhappiness for you. Balance your work and life and leave your work mindset in the office.

Planning your future

If you hate what you’re doing now, and can’t seem to find a way out, I encourage you to understand yourself better and know what you really want. Think about where you’re going and what you need to do to succeed in the future. Have a clear understanding of where you want to be in the next 2 to 5 years, your job will become much bearable. It makes a big difference when you have something to look forward.

Be better in your job

Just because you hate your job doesn’t’ mean you have to suck on it. When your job sucks, you you suck too. Don’t let yourself be a byproduct of a miserable job. Stop self-pitying and find ways to improve yourself professionally. You can start joining networking events and conferences within your industry to stay up on the latest trends, develop new skills and expand your resume by taking online courses and participating in your company’s professional development offers, and bond with your colleagues. This will make you feel more fulfilled and your boss will notice your new skills and put it into use and will help you increase your on-the-job engagement. Give them a reason to appreciate you.

Managing your bad days

One small problem or event doesn’t have to ruin your entire day. You are not alone, everyone has its bad days. Try to take a step back and assess the situation before you jump into any conclusions. Give yourself a moment to think to realize you might be overreacting.

Knowing your passion and enjoy it

Know what really makes you happy and go for it! Make time, even just an hour each week, and just do it. Doing something you love will help you stay motivated.

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    • smartincome profile image

      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for commenting Felina. :)

    • Felina Margetty profile image

      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Nice hub, simple message. Well done F.