Got a summer job or internship that’s so boring, you can’t stand it? Yeah, we’ve all been there. A summer job can be a great way to pick up some extra cash for next school year, but it can also be a drain on your emotions. If you’re stuck with a job you hate, here are some tips for keeping yourself motivated.
- Think of the money. Instead of agonizing over the countless hours you spend inside the office, visualize your time in dollars. Remembering how much money you’ll make–instead of how long your day is–will help put a positive spin on your work day.
- Have a savings goal in mind. Money is nice, but what are you going to do with all of it? Working is a great way to save up for that spring break vacation or that coast-to-coast road trip. Having a goal for your money will keep you motivated to continue with your job.
- Look on the bright side. Okay, so you might not enjoy delivering coffee or licking envelopes. What little things do you notice that make your day a little better? Could it be the fresh coffee in the conference room? Your coordinated office supplies? The receptionist’s vibrant wardrobe? As you go about your day, try to focus on the simple pleasures of your job, rather than obsessing over the negative aspects.
- Make a special playlist/CD for your commute. Most commutes are long enough to benefit from a playlist or custom CD that includes all your favorite songs. You’ll look forward to your ride without much effort, and you’ll be energized for the day to come.
- Remember the economy. Yes, everyone’s sick of hearing about the recession, the job market, and what have you, but when you’ve had a particularly rough day, it’s important to remember how lucky you are to actually be employed. In the United States, the unemployment rate is at an unparalleled high, and is expected to rise over the course of the next five years.
What Do You Think?
What do you think of these suggestions? How do you get through your work day?