My posts about work/career, specifically addressing how to avoid bitterness and finding ways to enjoy your 9 to 5 job, are two of my most-read posts. Yet right now I’m doing the opposite of my own advice. Instead of seeking new projects, I avoid it and prefer to surf the web, read blogs, chit chat or do anything else. The good news is that I know my own advice works because my lack of initiative is already turning me into the bitter co-worker I warned about in my previous posts!
I guess I have to fake it until my more usual enthusiasm returns. The problem is that if I work really hard, I get the same small raise and it’s pretty obvious that there’s no chance for promotion. So I don’t feel the motivation to be pro-active or even to keep learning. If I don’t fake it, however, I start getting bored at work. And it’s not like I don’t have any work to do, which puts me between two unappealing situations. I can do my “usual” work but I get bored OR I can seek out new challenges but I would have to read up on industry news/reports, analyze data, and actually use my brain (horrible, I know…). I don’t really have the motivation to do that either.
To make matters worse, there’s a new co-worker whose energetic Type A personality is wearing me out and threatens to steamroll past me to the better projects (and even title if s/he plays his/her card right). I know that realistically and truthfully I don’t care for management but at the same time, I hate the feeling of being bypassed, even if I don’t want that brass ring.
What do you do when you’re in a work / motivational slump? Other than quit?