When was "too little stress" ever a problem?!
April 12, 2012 3:29 AM Subscribe
I need some help with motivation. I work best to set-in-stone deadlines which I will be in trouble if I do not meet. Unfortunately my current job doesn't work that way. I'm finding myself rather unproductive these days and I don't like it.
posted by Ziggy500 to Work & Money (11 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Hey Mefites, it's me, back with another work question.
I used to have a job which was very deadline-based. It was stressful. I didn't like it, but I was very productive. (I thrive on clarity and black-and-white-ness in most aspects of my life, not just work.) There were no questions about when something was due. It was due at exactly this time on this date, and I found it easy to prioritise because it was clear to me when things were due.
Now I have a job I enjoy much better, with a boss I really like and don't want to disappoint. My responsibilities have become more of a constant stream of things with no particular deadline. I am finding it such a hardship to get down and focus on things when all of my duties are of equal importance and it doesn't really matter when they get done. I feel like I am being less productive in the absence of clear deadlines, although my boss seems happy with me.
I feel like a bit of an asshole for complaining about this when the people I work with are so great and I am so happy now especially in comparison to the kind of work I was doing before, where I was basically ill with stress. But I got shit done then, and I simply do not feel I am being as productive now because there is no urgency. For the past week or so, I have found myself wasting entire afternoons on Facebook because hell, it doesn't matter if X Task doesn't get done today, no one is going to care. I feel so bad even writing that. But I have very little self-control when I don't have external forces putting me under pressure. I simply work better under a bit of stress and with a bit of structure. Now I am deprived of both those things.
So I need some tips about motivation and structure in an unstructured work environment. How do you prioritise when all tasks are of equal importance, and how do you manage your time when it doesn't really matter when things get done?
Thanks as ever for your help.