How to Find Motivation to Go to Work Every Day

Arzu Dokuzoğlu

Arzu Dokuzoğlu

İTÜ-Kimya Müh.

According to research, 85% of workers worldwide hate their jobs. The reason for their hatred is their inability to feel emotionally attached to their workplace. This depressing study shows that large numbers of people around the world are waking up unhappy and depressed to go to work. So what makes us so unhappy about our work? Why don’t many people feel committed to their work? What makes us feel inadequate about our job and makes us hate it?

Why do you hate what you do?

There are some obvious reasons why a person might hate their job:
• Insufficient opportunities and possibilities
• Incompatibility with coworkers
• Lack of respect
• Some attitudes prevailing in workplaces
• Security concern
• unreasonable requests
• Insufficient payments

Choosing the wrong reasons for work reduces our motivation.

The reason for choosing a job differs from person to person. Some choose their job to be respected, some to be free, some to be rich. Everyone has different preferences in this regard.

JT O’Donnel, the founder and CEO of, has been researching this topic for 15 years and the conclusions he has reached are as follows: Many people do not do the work that makes them happy, but the work that can impress others. O’Donnel says that in order to feel passionate, motivated and happy about our work, we must first create a lasting intrinsic motivation and focus on developing it.

Choosing short-term sources of motivation pushes us to unhappiness.

The truth is, most of us have to work to earn a living. We might then assume that our basic instinct for survival would be enough to motivate us every day, that some aspect of our primitive brain would kick in to push us out of bed and out the door.
Our primitive brain is actually impatient like a little child. He prefers instant happiness over long-term happiness. This causes us to make wrong choices.

How will we be motivated?

Everyone has their own way of being motivated. However, some may not be effective and actually lower our motivation even more.

For example; some postpone their work until the last moment and motivate themselves by thinking about the negative consequences of not doing the job in the end: “If I don’t get this job done in two days, I will be fired!” Some are motivated by making imperative sentences for themselves. They often use words like you must, you must: “Stop being lazy and finish your report on time!”

A few tips for creating motivational strategies

1) Making internal dialogue more attractive: We should be supporters of ourselves, not dictators. Positive words will change our view of events and situations. We can empower ourselves with words such as “I can”, “I want to”, “I will”.
2) Breaking up: We should simplify our work by dividing it into smaller and doable pieces.
3) Discovering our intrinsic motivation: Finding out what work will satisfy us is not an easy process. We must see the painful realizations that our experience brings and create changes accordingly. Making an effort to discover and develop the intrinsic motivation we need to go to work will be much more beneficial to us than external pressures and expectations.

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