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Question: Getting Motivated to Work Everyday

Posted by bizcoachjason on August 3, 2007

email from Dave:


I am wondering what do each morning to make yourself go in to your job day in and day out? I am starting a job downtown on Monday and I am not looking forward to it. I have been out of work since April so I definitely need the income. But the first thought in my head when I wake up in the morning is, “I don’t want to go to work.” It is too early and I hate commuting to the Loop.

I have never kept a job for over 2 years. Once I can no longer force myself to go to a job, I quit and find another one to eventually be miserable at.

So how about some feedback? Oh how I wish I was a workaholic and could get excited about this opportunity… would hypnosis work? 🙂


my reply:


Even though you’re not all that excited, I still want to say congrats on the new job.

Having said that, is there anything you do like about the job? You may not know yet, since you haven’t started yet, but hopefully you will find something that you can look forward to each day.

With most people, it’s their coworkers and the environment that make or break it for them, not the actual job tasks. The most important relationship is with your direct manager. Job satisfaction, or lack of it, is most largely correlated to the health of that relationship, then those of your peers and people you manage. Ironically, the actual job duties really fall last in determining how well you like your job.

I would suggest getting off to a great start with your new boss on the first day. Come in excited, energized and happy to be there. This will set a positive tone for the relationship.

If you have the time to sit down during that first day, try to get a very clear understanding of what he/she expects from you and let them know what you expect, want and need to be happy and productive. If this is laid out from both sides, there should be minimal surprises later on… “Well, I had no idea that is what he wanted of me!”, etc.

Some things to consider bringing up during this discussion — these also should be discussed during the interview as well, so you know before you accept if it will be a good fit:

  • How do you like to be managed — hands-on or hands-off, lots of direction or little, etc.?
  • What is the preferred management style of your new boss?
  • What reason did the last person vacate this position?
  • What is the first thing they would like to see you accomplish in your new role?
  • What are the three most important aspects or characteristics of this job? And of the person hired into the job? (You should definitely ask this second question during the interview.)
  • Any other questions that you can think of that will help you understand where your new boss will be coming from, and ones that will let them know your work preferences and wishes.

Dave, I hope these help. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Best to you and good luck!



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