Are there times you wake up in the morning feeling that all your energy has drained out from your body? Add to that the fact that the bed feels like a magnet pulling you down every time you try to get up. It follows then that the thought of staring at the factory’s table top conveyor belt the whole day isn’t invigorating at all.
So, what do you do when you clearly have the working blues? You just can’t call in sick or not call in at all because not getting paid is worse than forcing yourself to work. Here are some suggestions to help you feel a little more eager to work.
It’s a stepping stone
If you look at your job as something that just pays the bills and keeps food on the table, eventually you’ll lose interest in it. Try to look at the bigger picture of why you’re doing this. Look at your job as your stepping stone to something bigger.
If you’ve been working for seven years in a factory, convince yourself that you’re working towards something bigger. The pay you get from your factory job is the key to your child’s future, for example. Or, the pay you get is a chance to fund your own business.
Take one step at a time
Sometimes, thinking about the enormity of your tasks for the whole day or the whole week is enough to chuck the zing in your body out of the window. So, what you can do is to think of completing each step to give you a sense of completion for each step.
For example, if you need to come up with a marketing plan, which you’ll have to present to the board of directors, try not to think of the whole thing. Take it one step at a time and think about the first thing you need to do no matter how small or trivial it is. This way, every little step you take will feel like you’re accomplishing something until you finish the whole project.
Confront your excuses
Getting out of bed may be harder today because the sun isn’t shining outside or you’re too tired because you helped your daughter with her homework last night. But, if you really look at your excuses long and hard enough, you might find that you’re just looking for something to justify your desire to stay at home.
Take a long hard look into your excuses and see if they really are valid reasons for you not to come to work. If it’s not a burning fever or a blizzard blocking all of your routes to work, you just have to get moving.
Dive right into it
Have you ever had a time in your life when you wanted to dive into the beach or a pool but it looked like it was cold? You held back from swimming because you think that you couldn’t handle the cold. And when you jumped in, the water was really close to freezing. But after a while, you noticed that it wasn’t that cold anymore. That’s because your body temperature is high enough to combat the cold.
It’s the same thing with going to work when you’re feeling lazy. If you just dive into it, sooner or later, you’ll realize that you’ve accomplished a lot of your tasks in the first two hours of your morning. By diving into your work, you’ll jumpstart your mind and body into work mode.