Tips to motivate yourself to work when you don't feel like doing so

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Monkeys, we all have those days where we're really not feeling it but we have to get some work done anyway. Especially, as we come closer to the end of the year and with the holidays close by, how do you keep yourself motivated at work? All I can think of these days is the vacation ahead and how I plan on spending it. Any tips to overcome these blues (apart from the motivation to hold on to the job)?

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Dec 20, 2016

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Apr 11, 2018


Apr 12, 2018

It mostly happens with all working people, a time comes when they don't want doing work and want to go on vacation, but sometimes vacation is also not possible. My friend had suggested me that whenever you feel you don't want to work, recall all the old good memories which will refresh you and boost your energy to work. He had a good experience by doing this he and also suggested me to do this, one can also try it to get motivated at work.

Rachel Mathy

Apr 12, 2018

Music helps me out quite a bit. For me the hard part can be getting started, once I get the ball rolling I can usually keep it going. Maybe not like going downhill, but at least not like going uphill.

Apr 12, 2018

I have a couple 1-2 hour long youtube mixes I normally listen to when I jam on work. When I do not feel like working, I will normally put one of those on and then my mind automatically goes into work mode.


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Apr 12, 2018

The biggest motivation (for me) is the fear of failure...

Apr 12, 2018

Go drive through some areas with poor people. Take the el a couple times. If you can get to a third world country or a hospital, great. Seeing people doing not so hot makes me feel like an ungrateful lazy bitch and makes me work harder.


Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Apr 12, 2018

Burnout is definitely real - a few things I do below:

  • Go on a walk / grab a coffee and just sit there for 15-20 minutes relaxing & clearing my head
  • Write out a check list for the day (I feel like it helps to pretend work is a game and once you are done with those to-dos you won for the day)
  • Make plans with friends that night or in the next few days so you have something to look forward to
  • Have some outside hobbies (reading / coding / working out etc.) so that you have something to look forward to at home

Hope some of these help!

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Apr 14, 2018

The three best ways that work for me:
- Listening to motivational speeches
- Listening to music that inspires you
- Go in with the aim to finish work everyday as soon as possible. This one works best frankly. Your goal is to finish as early as possible so you can get out and enjoy life - you become a machine, you stop hesitating.

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