How to Work Hard When You Don't Care Anymore

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It’s 11 o’clock, you are at your desk, staring at your computer screen. But intellectually, you are not there, you’re two feet out the door. Your mind starts wondering; you picture yourself walking down the stairs and away from your office building. You have mentally checked out of your job and don’t really care anymore.

Wake up! Turn around and walk right back through the door; you may not want to be there but you have to, you are committed to your job! You don’t want to let this decrease your work quality, let down your team or ruin the awesome reputation you managed to build up over the years.

Your recent lazy attitude isn’t something that represents you, right? You’re a hard working individual and great teammate so even if you don’t care about the assignments or tasks you need to get done, you need to suck it up and be the employee they hired you to be.

So, how do you motivate yourself to work hard even when you don’t give a damn? Read on to find out.

1. Change Your Mentality

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Even if you don’t care about it, this is still your job. You signed a contract, and you have responsibilities. If you really want to find something else you can, but until you find another job you have to do this one.

So while you are there, make it count - think of this as another opportunity to learn new things and grow as a professional. Hopefully, this will give you some motivation to work a bit harder - and make this job count towards for your professional development.

2. Personal Reward System

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If your employer doesn’t have a reward system in place then just take matters into your own hands and create your own personal incentive program.

You should reward yourself for completing tasks. These rewards could be anything; after all, you are the one setting them. You could reward yourself by grabbing coffee with a colleague or taking a day off to relax at the beach. Just pick suitable rewards to go with each goal; don’t give yourself a day off for answering 10 emails in a row.

3. Your Next Steps

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Have you ever taken the time to think that your company might just be going through a rough patch? Give your job a second chance and don’t make a rushed decision to quit just yet.

Try speaking with your boss or supervisor about any other potential opportunities you could get involved with to change or grow. Who knows, maybe there other areas in the company that could be of great interest to you, instead of just sitting around at your desk waiting for the day to be over.

If you have given your job a second or third chance and you are still convinced this isn’t just a rough patch, then it might be time to move on.

In any case, you need to take action and get yourself out of this rut you’ve been stuck in for the last couple of months.

See Also: How to Cope with Being Bored at Work

It’s true; we can’t control everything in life, but we can control our thoughts and how we handle each situation. So, how are you going to deal with it?

Have you ever stopped? What happened? Your thoughts and comments below...