When was the last time you hit a “valley” at work? You know those times when you just feel “blah”. Those days when you have to make yourself get out of bed (after snoozing about 5 times of course), get dressed, and go to work. You probably came up with several excuses why you should call in sick and just stay home. However, you do the right thing and make it into the office to help the company achieve its goals. You may not be able to put your finger on it, but here are a few reason you may be “dragging” yourself reluctantly into work.
Commute Too Long
Are you spending way too much time in traffic? Do you go from car to train to metro and then walk? If so, this could be one of the reasons you don’t want to go to work. Commuting to work can be more draining than we recognize and it is especially stressful when you spend more than 30 minutes each way getting to and from the office.
You Hate Your Co-workers
They annoy you and are pretty much incompetent but you have to deal with them every day. Those good ole’ co-workers you love to hate. No matter what you do, you can’t avoid working with people who make you work 10 times harder because they can’t do their job.
Don’t Get Enough Sleep
You stay up too late at night and have to get up too early in the morning. No wonder you don’t want to get out of bed and go to work. Lack of sleep will definitely make it easier to hit the snooze button and quench that urge to hop out of bed and get ready for work.
Money motivates. If you don’t feel you are at least getting paid what you are worth, then why even get out of bed. You do need to make a living however, you are not going to have the desire to push to meet business objectives if the money isn’t right.
You Aren’t Challenged At Work
You’re great at what you do and you do it well, but you need something more. Without a challenge at work or something to achieve that makes you push yourself, you are just going spinning your wheels. You want more. Jobs without challenges become mundane really quick.
The Company is Antiquated
Your organization does everything the old way and you’re progressive. They are still sending faxes and sending out paper newsletters. Being a part of a company that is behind the times is certain to leave you snoring and not excited about the days to come.
You Don’t Have a Window Seat
In a cube all day looking at the same 3 walls, how inspiring? NOT! Without a changing environment, your creative juices don’t flow. No connection with the external world outside your cube could leave you clueless to the elements.
You Work in the Middle of Nowhere
Once you are at your job, that’s it. No cool lunch options, places to shop, or common areas in sight. The ability to walk outside of the office and take a scenic walk or run a few errands can make a big difference in getting your mind off work for a few minutes in the middle of the day. Without that, you feel like you are stranded on a deserted island.
You’ve Been Doing the Same Thing for Too Long
Can you do your job with your eyes closed? If so, the repetition has probably gotten the best of you and you have been doing the same thing way too long. You want to mix it up and get some job variety for a change. Without it, you’re bored and don’t want to even be there.
You Hate Your Job
In a nutshell, the whole job sucks. Everything about it is just not you, anymore. It’s time to start looking for the next opportunity where you actually are happy to get out of bed and go to work each and every day. Hating your job is no fun at all. The good news is that there are tons of opportunities out there and there is one waiting for you to find it.
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