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Boring Job Is Creativity and Motivational Challenge

Surviving a boring job (when leaving isn’t an option) is a creativity and a motivational challenge.

It’s a creativity challenge, because nothing in the job itself is stimulating, challenging or engaging you. You need a way to see what is currently not visible. You need a way to think outside the box.

How can you look in unexpected places and to unexpected people for venues, connections and opportunities that aren’t currently making themselves known?

It’s a motivational challenge, because once bored, energy levels plummet and inertia sets in. It can feel like trying to jump over a hurdle without the benefit of a running start. What you need are reasons and ways to get a running start.

What in your life is important enough to you to rouse yourself for? Are other relationships starting to suffer? Energy not there for favorite hobbies or activities?

Sparking creativity and mustering motivation when bored to death can seem impossible. But what is your alternative? Give into the boredom and let what little life is left in you get seep out?

What works for you? What do you do to jump start either your creative juices or your motivation?

Check out the entire discussion on Toughing Out a Tough Job

2 Responses to “Boring Job Is Creativity and Motivational Challenge”

  1. david Says:

    Somewhere there is God– even in the mundane. The guy who mans our parking garage has the worst job in the world in my view. He sits in a little hot (or freezing cold) booth all day. His ‘cubicle’ is smaller than our toilet closet.

    yet the guy sings praise songs all day. he knows his customers by name. He always has a word of scripture that he gives to someone.

    He’s doing his job, His High Calling

  2. Karl Edwards Says:

    Knowing for whom you work—over and above the company that locks you in the “toilet closet” in exchange for a handful of pennies—can make all the difference in the world to surviving any tough job.

    You describe meaning, contribution, and a reason to get up in the morning that most employers neither see nor value.

    Thanks for the insight!

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