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Boss me around, please!

My manager is very hands-off and this is not going to change. How can I get better at managing myself, when I would prefer an environment with more direction and feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Welcome to Corporate Hell, have a nice stay!

Looking for lifehacks to help me thrive in a stressful high-pressure job working 50+ hours a week long-term. I am special, find out why.. [more inside]
posted by f3l1x on Mar 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me be nice to myself over the working day

I work alone, in an office isolated from other people with zero opportunity for social interaction. I could, if I wanted to, arrive at 8.30am, stare at a screen til 12.30pm, break from 12.30pm-1.30pm, then stare at a screen from 1.30-5.15pm.In silence. Alone. I really, really don’t want to. Help me come up with things I can do every hour to ‘break’ for a few minutes before getting back into the next hour-long block of work. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jan 23, 2013 - 21 answers

Help feeling more motivated and less negative about work.

I have a pretty decent job but don't enjoy it and have started underperforming - how can I motivate myself to work harder again? [more inside]
posted by sock of ages on Jan 20, 2013 - 13 answers

professional couch warmer

I recently moved, am unemployed and finding it really hard to get motivated. What tips/tricks/apps/whatever have helped you keep to a schedule when you don't have any other reason to? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Aug 10, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me write an anti-bucket-list

How do people learn to want more for themselves? My baseline standards for 'not failing at life' are way off. [more inside]
posted by pickingupsticks on Jun 8, 2012 - 14 answers

What would you do with a million dollars? "Nothing."

Is Ambition required for Success? Is it possible to be too well adjusted? What if you don't like what you're good at? I have been struggling with the concepts of ambition and achievement in regard to self-esteem and a sense of self-worth (warning: long, vague) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Are you a reformed malingerer? How did you quit?

I'm the boy who cried wolf! (or 'ouch'!) Help me stop, especially in light of the fact that this behavior has been positively reinforced at some points. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 5 answers

This is a great team, but I don't want to give them more sugar.

what's the right take on food/sweets as a motivator in the office? My team has had a hard week and food is a common reward but I feel uneasy about it. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Feb 15, 2012 - 67 answers

How can I motivate myself to work?

How can I motivate myself to work? What did you do to help kick yourself in the posterior and get going? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Using context to get more things done?

How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

I show up to work, but my brain doesn't.

How can I prevent my brain from remaining a useless sack of protoplasm for the majority of the work day? (Significant (but not excessively over-indulgent) snowflakianism follows....) [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case on Jul 6, 2011 - 16 answers

How can life be made more like games?

How can life be made more like games? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 1, 2011 - 34 answers

In search of the 10-minute psychic recharge

I tend to hit a midday motivation wall. What can I do in ten minutes to recharge myself emotionally and physically, so I can get back to work? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Nov 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Should I be on meds?

Caffeine helps me to be optimistic, positive, and productive at work. Unfortunately, it's also fantastically addictive, and disrupts basically every important bodily process that I have. Should I talk to a psychiatrist about trying some kind of prescription stimulant? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Sep 14, 2010 - 46 answers

What can I do for my guys?

I'm the systems engineer of a team of about 25 developers and testers that have been working 12-16 hour days for about two and a half weeks straight in order to meet a deadline. What can I bring in to improve morale and keep them going? [more inside]
posted by schwab on Aug 18, 2010 - 56 answers

What's My Motivation

How do you stay motivated in cubicle hell? I go through bouts of being motivated, sometimes for weeks. I am on top of my emails. I am making the phone calls. I am knocking down deliverables. I am having productive team meetings. And then something happens. I can't be bothered. I don't actively manage my inbox. My commitment to following GTD falls apart. I let certain things slip through the cracks. I just don't feel like doing any work. And then two weeks later I get motivated again. This has plagued me forever. Same thing in university. It's like I have ADD but instead of losing focus in the span of seconds, I lose focus in the span of weeks. How can I keep my foot on the gas pedal and feel like I am not a corporate bum half the time. Anyone else like this? Anyone have any tricks for keeping at a steady productive state?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Just another day in the salt mines.

What are your strategies for girding yourself against the chaos or banality of the modern office workplace ? How do you manage to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous requests, insanity-induced decisionmaking, and mass amounts of meaninglessness? For sure, those who are gainfully employed at this moment in history are more fortunate than they might know, but perspective is difficult to achieve, or keep, when the pile of unfinished TPS reports on the desk is about to topple over & shred your soul by a million tiny papercuts. What thoughts do you keep in your head, or spirits do you bring into your heart (or substances into your body?). Quotes, movies, books, blogs, etc.. -- all are welcome. Extra points for recommendations that are particularly geared towards 'life' in a tech / software company.
posted by armoir from antproof case on Jul 7, 2010 - 25 answers

What are the key motivators that make people do their jobs?

What are the key motivators that make people do their jobs? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Jun 1, 2010 - 26 answers

How do I stay motivated and dedicated?

How do I break a cyclical lack of motivation and determination and actually move forward in my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I keep the daily grind from grinding me down?

How do you keep a mediocre job/work environment from getting you down? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Feb 2, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me get over my fear of inadequateness in workplace

I'm having trouble adjusting to an environment where everyone around me seems to be leaps and bounds more advanced. [more inside]
posted by the_dude on Sep 9, 2009 - 20 answers

What's in it for me?

How do I get coworkers to spend quality time with me? I am starting a new gig as a business analyst, and will be trying to convince strangers that they should meet with me to tell me about their jobs, needs, and requirements. After that I have to also get them to review the documentation I will create. What tactics have / would you use to get quality results from people who are busy and don't know you from Adam?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 11, 2009 - 15 answers

I need challenge and pressure to stay motivated... how do I stay motivated during times when those things aren't present?

I have a very hard time keeping motivated and being productive when work is slow. If I am not either feeling pressure or being challenged, I get sloppy and underperform. Is this normal? What can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on May 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Can I change my motivation schedule?

I regularly get bursts of creative energy and motivation to work on personal projects right smack dab in the middle of the workday, when I can't do a thing about them. But when I've got free time, I don't feel like doing anything. How can I better synchronize my motivation with my free time? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on May 1, 2009 - 10 answers

How did you find your passion?

How have you figured out what your passion(s) is/are in life, and how have you translated that into a successful career involving your passion(s)? I am intentionallly not including details about myself and my situation because I don't really want specific suggestions about what might be good career directions for myself or what interesting areas I might pursue. I'm looking more for concrete examples of what steps you've taken to find out what drives you, and how you were able to make a career out of that.
posted by entropic on Sep 4, 2008 - 26 answers

How can a "lazy" person develop successful work habits?

How can a self-described "lazy" person develop really effective and successful long-term work habits? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Jun 3, 2008 - 22 answers

How do you get work done when life's got you down?

Life kicked me in the teeth, but I've got work to do. I don't need anyone to cheer me up, I'm just looking for a specific bit of advice: how do you get things done when you're depressed? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 1, 2008 - 39 answers

What Could I Do With My 2009?

This year's my final year of my degree. My psychologist asked me if I had any plans for next year. My original plan fell apart, so now I don't really have anything. Hmm. What could I look into? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Am I selfish for wanting to leave because I'm bored?

I'm a really weird person who just absorbs knowledge like a sponge. If I'm not learning in a job I quickly become bored, frustrated, irritable and miserable in general. I'm thinking of leaving my current position with a great team because of the above. Am I selfish because I want to do this?
posted by Talez on Feb 20, 2008 - 25 answers

I just don't know what to do with my life

If you were 22, in good financial shape and completely aimless: What would you do with the next 2-3 years of your life? [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill on Oct 28, 2007 - 34 answers

Finding other mobile warriors to co-work with?

Where can I find consultants/freelancers or other people who like to work in wireless cafés to be "co-workers" with? [more inside]
posted by lastobelus on Aug 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Maybe I should work non-stop

I'm having trouble getting back into work-mode after any time off. Even a single day. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by hazel on Mar 26, 2007 - 7 answers

ah, the sweet sound of deadlines rushing by

How do I get over my laziness, procrastination, and foot-dragging in my office job? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Jan 31, 2007 - 32 answers

Self Improvement for Dummies

How can I improve my work ethic? [more inside]
posted by still on Nov 4, 2006 - 8 answers

How to maintain consistency at work and not get bored?

How to maintain consistency on the job and not get bored? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2006 - 8 answers

MotivationFilter

I'm currently working a job with soul-sucking 60+ hour weeks. How can I get myself motivated/un-exhausted enough to enjoy my weekends? Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Oct 28, 2006 - 15 answers

An Anomaly of The Will

I am having difficulty working. What are your tricks to get moving? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2006 - 26 answers

Mr Motivator I am not

I have 2 weeks left to write a pre-production document. But I cant get motivated. I don't feel I know what I'm doing. I'm always tired. Always have more interesting things to do. Help me get motivated. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Oct 29, 2005 - 5 answers

Can you help me be a better boss?

Help me be a better boss? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Oct 28, 2005 - 19 answers

Two Papers Due Simultaneously, No Extensions, and Utterly No Will to Work

I hate all forms of work (hence the anon. post) and the only way I've found to finish papers etc. is to stay up all day and night procrastinating until the last possible instance writing a bit here and there--an agonizing process--until, as the last chance deadline aproaches, something takes shape. These papers are usually final papers and usually earn me between a B+ and an -A... which is probably why I never learned how to do work in a painless and organized fashion... at any rate, I have two papers due on the same day and no chance of an extension on either one and am incapable of forcing myself to work. WHAT DO I DO?
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2004 - 55 answers

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