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Tips for working harder?

Asked by chill_out (116points) May 22nd, 2008

I know I am a smart person and a good worker but I simply lack the motivation to continue working hard. Anyone else share this problem?

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robmizelldotcom's avatar

You’re probably in the wrong line of work then. It shouldn’t feel like “work”.

simone54's avatar

When I work. I want everyone to think that I’m the BEST. So work hard to make people want work with me.

wildflower's avatar

If you can’t find motivation, you have to question if this job is for you. Of course it could just be you’re ready for additional tasks/responsibilities or a project.

Also, its about working smart – not hard ;)
Prioritise and publicise your tasks and efforts. This way you’ll get more a sense of accomplishment and you’ll be noticed and rewarded for it, which can certainly help increase motivation.

marinelife's avatar

Do you know why you don’t work harder? Bored? Thinking of other things?

Here’s a thought. Where is it written that one has to work harder. There’s a lot more to life than work. If you don’t leave time for relationships, it will be a source of regret.

No one ever gets to the end of their life and says, “Darn, I should have put a lot more time in at the office.”

kevbo's avatar

Early on in my last job, I was put on probation and forced to fill out a time sheet in 15 minute increments that documented what I was working on. It sucked donkey balls, but I discovered that I ended up getting more done when I was tracking my activity and constantly asking myself what I could get done in the next 15 minutes.

From this and your previous question, though, it sounds as if the real solution for you is to change course. Maybe check out a few books on the topic such as Roadtrip Nation, Gig, and one that I started recently What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson, which is full of examples of people who started out in one direction and ended up in something completely different.

whatthefluther's avatar

If you are lacking motivation to work hard, I suspect you are working under one or more of the following conditions:
1. The work you perform is not challenging
2. You are not being recognized and rewarded for your extra effort
3. Opportunities for advancement are non-existent or limited
Personally, I would not be interested in a job if just one of the three were true. I would be miserable.

scamp's avatar

I felt the same way, so I changed jobs. The reason why I didn’t feel motivated was becasue I have my all, but got no recognition for it. I finally realized I had reached a dead end, and it was time to move on. I am glad I took that leap of faith, because I will make more money, have less stress, and many more benefits. The others had some good advice for you. It might be time for you to move on as well.

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