What to do when you have no motivation to work and strategies to overcome this issue

You wake up in the morning and, after a good breakfast, start your day. You have to go to work and you feel tired. Tired because you had to set the alarm clock at 6:30 in order to arrive on time. Tired because you didn’t sleep well the night before. Tired because the weather is not that great.

Does this sound familiar? The morning routine of life can be tough and tiring when you have no motivation to go to work. It’s not that you are lazy or something, it’s just that sometimes the desire to get out from under the warm blanket and start working isn’t there.

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PDPics / Pixabay

There are a lot of reasons why you might not have any motivation to go to work. Maybe it’s because of the people around you, maybe it’s because of the type of work that you do, or maybe it’s both. Either way, this feeling can lead to some very negative consequences if left unchecked.

I’m sharing some tips I use when I have no motivation to go to work and I want to change that feeling.

#1 Go for a walk or hit the gym

If you don’t like your job or your workplace situation, going outside for some air can help you clear your mind and come back with more energy to do what needs to be done.

When I’m on vacation and I have no motivation to do anything, a good walk helps me clear my mind, get rid of bad thoughts and come back with more energy than before.

#2 Take some rest

Remember that this is your life and what you choose now will affect the rest of it. So, take some time off from work if needed. The most important thing is that you get back into the habit of going out every day so try taking one day off per week instead of two or three days off each month.

Take some rest from work to make up your mind. Here are some tips for better performance and motivation at the workplace.

  • Try mindfulness for better focusing.
  • Only focus on the things you can control and change.
  • Use positive self-talk to improve your confidence.

#3 Do not be harsh on yourself

Motivation is the drive that pushes us to accomplish a goal. Many factors influence our motivation, and it’s different for each of us. Some people are motivated by a deadline, others by the negative consequences of not accomplishing something.

If you’re like most people, there will be times when you don’t want to go to work. Motivation is hard to find, and sometimes it feels like you don’t have any inspiration or desire to do anything.

When you’re working on a daily basis, there will be times when you wake up in the morning and just don’t have the motivation to go to work. It happens to everyone, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you find yourself in this situation regularly.

Whenever you feel unsatisfied, first take a break and look back. Ask yourself why you wanted this job in the first place. Find motivation and happiness in the everyday routines you do. Always remember you should love yourself first so that you can be the best version of yourself.

#4 Try to change the working environment

Are you bored because of the tasks that are assigned to you daily or are it because of the lack of learning opportunities? Is it possible for your boss to assign more challenging tasks so that your work can be more fulfilling and engaging?

Can your employer offer cross-training opportunities so that you can learn something new and further enhance your skillsets and knowledge?

Have you been doing the same boring tasks day in and day out without trying to make any changes or improvements? There must be something that needs improvement within your company or even within your department. Can you think of ways on how to make improvements to the way things are done or how they can be done better?

If so, you can come up with an action plan and propose it to management and see if they will support it.

#5 Small chunks of work and the right goals

You feel your energy levels are low, and you can’t help but think about the weekend when it’s only Wednesday.

The lack of motivation is a very common and frustrating problem for most people. It causes you to be unproductive and makes you feel like a loser.

To put it simply, if you’re struggling with motivation, it’s possible that you either don’t know how to set the right goals and priorities or that you don’t have enough energy.

Divide your large projects into small sets of work that can be done in a few hours. Maintain a checklist and a schedule. That can bring about motivation and courage to complete the checklist which in turn completes the difficult and boring projects.

#6 Remove distractions and put more focus on work

It’s not uncommon for people to feel unmotivated at work. It’s also not uncommon for people to want to change themselves. But I would suggest that you start by changing the things that you can change. You cannot directly change yourself, but you can make changes in your environment that will help you be more successful.

Get rid of distractions around the office like phones ringing or people talking loudly around them so they don’t distract from what needs to be done each day! It can help if there’s some distance between these things as well so that their noise doesn’t interfere with your own tasks.

Don’t waste time by trying to do multiple things at once. If you focus on one task at a time, it will be easier to complete it. You will also feel less stressed out about your work.

Make sure your environment is as comfortable as possible for you. It’s hard to work if you’re not comfortable where you’re sitting!

#7 Change the career

Make sure your job is right for you before committing yourself fully; if not then find another one as soon as possible before getting stuck in an unhealthy situation with no way out!

But first, ask yourself these questions and it is better to discuss with a friend or co-worker regarding the issues you face. Write down the answers to these questions and rethink about the solution that you can make to bring about a change in your career and your life.

  • What kind of job do you have? Are you happy?
  • Do you feel like the job is making your life better or worse?
  • What are the good and bad things of your job?
  • What are some options to change things for the better?
  • What can you do to make sure that this change happens?
  • What are the other opportunities available for your qualifications?


Don’t let your job define who you are as a person or what makes you happy. Your job is just one aspect of your life; there are many others that might be more rewarding to you than your actual work.

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1388843 / Pixabay

Feelings of being unmotivated can be caused by a number of factors, such as boredom with your job, being burned out, or just feeling frustrated with your tasks or with work in general.

Some days it can be really hard to motivate ourselves to get out of bed, let alone go to work. It’s normal to occasionally feel bored with your job or unmotivated, but if you feel like this often, then it’s time to do something about it. Follow the above tips to make a change in your daily routine.

It’s a new year and you are back at your job! But wait, you haven’t been there for long and you already feel like you have no motivation to go to work. This can be a serious problem for anyone but it is especially difficult when you are just starting a new job or have recently accepted a promotion.

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