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Old 05-23-06, 09:06 AM   #1
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Blah. Work blues.

I started a new job a month and a half ago, and it's, well, blah. Just not motivated to be here. And it's not like there isn't any work; on the contrary there's a ton to do, I'm just not into it. How do you stay motivated?
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If your work requires so much motivation.. then... maybe it's just not the place for you to be!
is the money so good that you cant find something else? or is this temporary?
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Solidarity, brother, I'm feeling the same way. These damn cases won't work themselves, but I sure as hell don't feel like doing it. And the damn clients are slow paying, too. Wonderful....
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Old 05-23-06, 09:24 AM   #4
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I love the industry (IT), but this particular gig just isn't lighting my fire. The folks I work for are great, which makes it a little tougher to jump ship so soon. And I'd feel really guilty being one of the newest guys on the project and begging to get moved to something else. The money is good, but not spectacular (I've never been a slave to the wage, which helps). It's a funk. Dunno how deep it reaches yet. Some days I daydream about driving a truck instead....
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you'd be one cool truck driver, you just dont have the right trucker hat, hey maybe you can start a new fab!
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S.dex I feel your pain too. I've been in my office 4 years and its not motivating any longer. I feel BLAH when getting out of bed and have to think about working. I think part of my bad attitude is its not challenging anymore. Its an easy job and I do make good money. Thinking about moving on but not real sure. I have lots of flexability here and that makes it hard to want to go find a job somewhere else.
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It used to be you worked a job for 20-50 years. My dad (a decade ago told me that I needed to diversifty because the average career span is 7 years). I personally think that unless you're trying to work the way to the top at a specific job it could be even shorter (or at least statying a specific job that is) . I don't see any reason to stay at a job for more then 2-3 years personally unless one is trying to work the way up or you're happy with the job/position etc.

To superdex. If you've tried to put your hardest into it and still can't then I say you should move on. At least if you are sure you know what you can do that is fun.

It's a finnicky thing because for the most part, most of my money has been done through web development. My last job got to the point where it was just too unbearable (doing web stuff). I took a few months break and started working for this company where I'm doing web stuff again except alot more interesting. But at the same time when I go home, I find that I don't really want to work on web projects but want to work on software projects. Kind of a drag because i ahve a few e-commerce sites i need to finish up before i can tackle my software projects But the point is you have to loook really hard before and after jumping ship to make sure you understand what truly makes you happy short term and long term .
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Old 05-23-06, 09:50 AM   #8
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But the point is you have to loook really hard before and after jumping ship to make sure you understand what truly makes you happy short term and long term .
Yup, that's the hard one. Blah. I'm going for a coffee.
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I stay motivated by telling myself I can read 1 thread and then I have to work. Of course as soon as I read that one, I see another one so I read that one as well. Of course someone else just posted another one and so and so forth. I don't really get alot of "work" done during the day.
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I stay motivated by telling myself I can read 1 thread and then I have to work. Of course as soon as I read that one, I see another one so I read that one as well. Of course someone else just posted another one and so and so forth. I don't really get alot of "work" done during the day.
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I stay motivated by telling myself that my work will HELP THE WORLD. THIS EXCEL SPREADSHEET IS LIFE AND DEATH FOR THE PLANET! Okay, not really. I do find my work fun though so that helps.
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Can't be that bad, if you're not getting greasy, dirty, sweaty, lifting heavy objects, getting yelled at by your boss(es) and/or customers, or being demeaned by anyone, and you get paid a decent amount of money, I'd consider it good job. But thats just me.
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got the same problem. I moved out of sales after 29 yrs and into operations as a Q.A. manager, my days are spent supervising and Q.A. formalities, and posting on a few forums such as this one. Quite frankly it sucks.
I miss the action of sales and doing what I want and not being around people who thrive on company gossip.
I have had plenty of sales job opportunities and offers and I believe to get out of this rut/blah do nothing job I need to make that change.

The money is great, no pressure, or stress and far to easy I really miss a challenge and cold calling on new potential customers.
The funny part is I can actually retire @ 55 in a year, but I do not think I could handle the boredom of not really having anything to do. As much as I like rding there needs to be an alternative where I still am productive
We do own a business, my wife runs it and the only other options that seem vialable are too go back to school or open another business or work with my wife. ..
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Do NOT, I repeat do NOT work with wife
big mistake, HUGE...
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Can't be that bad, if you're not getting greasy, dirty, sweaty, lifting heavy objects, getting yelled at by your boss(es) and/or customers, or being demeaned by anyone, and you get paid a decent amount of money, I'd consider it good job. But thats just me.
I was going to laugh at this but I work for an Attorney and thats all he does is YELL, demean his office employees, I can't tell you have many times we have been called monkeys pushing buttons. So good job yeah maybe??
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A little passionate about this eh?

It's tough for spouses to work together. Some make it work, but very few in my experience. And the ones that do, only can when they have a good stable, close relationship outiside of their work time.

Take BDG's advice on this one.
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A little passionate about this eh?

It's tough for spouses to work together. Some make it work, but very few in my experience. And the ones that do, only can when they have a good stable, close relationship outiside of their work time.

Take BDG's advice on this one.
wanna go for coffee?
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Sure! It might be cold by the time I get to you though.
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I hear starbucks has a cool cup with a funky design on it, heard it looks veen better then this one I stole from this guy who was too busy checking out bikes go by then pay attention to his coffee
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I was going to laugh at this but I work for an Attorney and thats all he does is YELL, demean his office employees, I can't tell you have many times we have been called monkeys pushing buttons. So good job yeah maybe??
Here's what you do SNOWY....

Go to the local harware store... buy a nice shiney box and open end wrench for a few dollars, Have someone print the word COMPLETE on the side of it with a black sharpie. And then leave it on his desk or in his inbox one morning before he comes in.

Seems like it will fit right in with his personality. I hate mean people!
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I hear starbucks has a cool cup with a funky design on it, heard it looks veen better then this one I stole from this guy who was too busy checking out bikes go by then pay attention to his coffee
Ah...now I get it. I like the way you think women. You still have all your knuckles I see. Going home now.

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Can't be that bad, if you're not getting greasy, dirty, sweaty, lifting heavy objects, getting yelled at by your boss(es) and/or customers, or being demeaned by anyone, and you get paid a decent amount of money, I'd consider it good job. But thats just me.
I will be starting a blue-collar labour job soon. Today, we took a tour of the workplace. It is a giant freezer, about 10,000 sq ft. the average temp is zero to 22 below for the sub-freezer section. After freezing our asses off, the boss said he'll understand if we don't show up for selection tomorrow. He also said that we would be required to come to work if injured, and spend 8:30-6:30 creating safety posters in the newly built "wellness room", to minimize false injury claims. He also yells a lot. (It is loud in there, but you get my drift.) I'll get one 45 min break at noon. No internet.

Why am I doing this, you ask? Well, my creative soul doesn't like the idea of writing for a crappy newspaper, or signing a bogus record deal (again) just to fulfill a few material dreams that I have.
I dropped out of corporate America going on two years now. Sure, I had more money than I kneew what to do with -that was the problem- I forgot myself in the process. I barely escaped soul intact.

When this summer job/social experiment is finished, I will have a better appreciation for the working class, most of them hispanic immigrants like my mom's side of the family. I will be physically elevated, riding a fixed gear miles to a vast freezer, lifting boxes from 7 am to 7 pm. And, hopefully I will gain some character, and appreciate the things I have. Believe me, the goals I achive through my flesh, no man will be able to take away.

Wish me luck.
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Here's what you do SNOWY....

Go to the local harware store... buy a nice shiney box and open end wrench for a few dollars, Have someone print the word COMPLETE on the side of it with a black sharpie. And then leave it on his desk or in his inbox one morning before he comes in.

Seems like it will fit right in with his personality. I hate mean people!

I think I might actually do this. GREAT IDEA
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