Stop Being Lazy: How to Become More Motivated at Work
5:30 pm, September 4th | by Sarah Kaufman, Manilla.com
Find What Motivates You
In his book “Strength Finder 2.0,” Tom Rath urges people to not force themselves to be good at something, but to instead embrace what they are already good at and to use those qualities to their fullest potential. “You cannot be anything you want to be — but you can be a lot more of what you already are,” Roth says in the book.
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In the last few decades, research-based consulting company Gallup has deeply examined how people can utilize their strengths in a number of different roles across all industries, and it has found that “having the opportunity to develop our strengths is more important to our success than our role, our title, or even our pay.” Out of the 10 million people they surveyed on this topic, a whopping 7 million people are not in roles where they’re developing their strengths.
One of the strengths Rath mentions, for example, is called “Achiever.” An achiever has a constant need to accomplish tasks — every day. Achievers feel most alive and challenged in environments where they can create their own level of productivity, Rath says. Find what motivates you because it could increase your levels of productivity and happiness at work.
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Do Something You Like
I often joke that you don’t have to love your job — you just have to find something you don’t hate doing every day. In reality, though, it’s completely possible to find something you actually like to do, and if you’re starting to dread going to work each day, it may be time for a change.
“If you’re feeling stalled in your career, it may be time to reconsider what you want to do,” Manilla vice president of marketing Marc Karasu said in his recent Manilla Mini, “How to Recharge a Sluggish Carrer.” “The job you once loved might no longer give you the personal fulfillment you need. Sit down and write out what your passions are and see how they line up with your current position. If there is no way to align your career with your interests, it might be time to look for a new job.”
Talk To Your Boss
Armed with the knowledge of your strengths, interests and what motivates you, talk to your boss about changes you could make in your role that will make you even more productive than you already are. For example, if you’re feeling like you’re truly excelling in your current role but your daily workload is starting to get monotonous, propose a few new projects you could start working on and let your boss know you’re available to help with new efforts.
Sarah Kaufman is the editor-in-chief of The Manilla Folder at Manilla.com, the leading, free and secure service that helps consumers simplify and organize all of their bills and household accounts in one place online or via the 4+ star customer-rated mobile apps. Sarah is also a regular contributor to Yahoo! Finance, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Redbook, The Motley Fool, The Jane Dough and other sites. For more career development tips and advice, visit The Manilla Folder.