Mentally, you’re two feet out the door. Or three. Heck, you may even be all the way down the block by now. The bottom line is this: You’re checked out at your job and you just don’t care anymore .
But you need to turn around and walk right back through that door, because even though you may not want to be there, you’re still committed to it.
There are several reasons you shouldn’t let your indifference decrease the quality of your work—for starters, you don’t want to burn bridges and you don’t want to let your team down. But, most importantly, you don’t want to ruin the awesome reputationyou’ve built up.
This lackadaisical attitude you’ve adopted does not accurately characterize who you are. You’re a hard worker and a good teammate. And even if you don’t care about the projects you’re doing, you should still knock them out of the park while you’re there. Why? Because that’s who you are.
But how , you ask, do I motivate myself to work hard when I just don’t give a damn?Here’s how.
Listen, at the end of the day, whether you care about it or not, this is still your job. You signed an offer letter and agreed to fulfill certain responsibilities. While you may be looking for something new, you have no idea how long that process will take. So for now, this is it. You don’t get to go into two-weeks’-notice mode before you give yourtwo weeks’ notice .
Your employer may or may not have some sort of rewards system already in place, but when it comes to keeping you interested and engaged, it doesn’t seem to be working. Therefore, take it into your own hands by setting up a personal incentive program.
As tasks you dread pile up on your plate, schedule rewards to give yourself upon completion. They can be small, such as a grabbing a coffee with your co-worker, or larger and more significant, such as taking a personal day.