I’m planning to contact a counselor about this (free, thanks to EAP), but I thought I would address this question to the Teeming Millions in the meantime. Apologies in advance for the long post.
My job performance is greatly influenced by my motivation (I suppose that’s a given). However, I find that my motivation is greatly influenced by the work I’m performing – much more so with me than with other co-workers and peers, IMO. For example, I’m at my best when I’m performing a task that I’m very interested in and on a tight schedule. If I’m working on a project that’s not too thrilling and/or outside of my area of expertise, I tend to perform poorly due to lack of motivation. This trait has manifested itself in the past – during a rotation program I was on at my previous job (where I trained in other functions), and as a “development need” on an otherwise good performance review. The reason I bring this up now is that I’m on a couple of projects outside of my area of expertise (and outside my area of desired growth) and my motivation problem is in danger of attracting attention. I’ve determined that my current company’s long-term needs do not match my goals, so I’m in the process of finding another job. However, in the interim, I don’t want to leave a bad impression on my current employer (or worse). Plus, I know that there will be many more occasions before I retire where I’ll be required to perform well on projects that don’t exactly thrill me. Any suggestions from the Teeming Millions things I can do to help me get motivated? My first step – I already deleted Internet Explorer from my hard drive at work to eliminate the temptation to surf. :o Anything else? I envy people who can take on any project – no matter how mundane or dull the project may be – and work through it in flying colors.