I don’t normally ask you, my dear readers, for help, but this time I think I need some. You see, my motivation seems to have taken a loooooong vacation. (I mean, who can blame it, really—it’s February, which is a really sucky month, so why not disappear until it’s over? I hope at least that my motivation is sitting on a beach somewhere sipping Mai Tais and having some hot cabana boy rubbing sunscreen on its back…..but I digress.)
OK, so my motivation is gone, and my usual tricks—-tricking myself into working, tricking myself into thinking things are not all bad, tricking myself into remembering how much I (sometimes) love my job—-well, they’re not working. And I’m just getting less motivated, crankier, and more behind work-wise. I was able to make myself feel better for about 5 minutes earlier by making fun of myself (and I had Mr. Jane laughing hysterically), but now I’m back to being bitter again. I’m just tired of working all the damn time, tired of having no free time, tired of the crap I’ve had to put up with lately at my job, tired of students who make my life miserable, tired of the
hazing tenure process, tired of sexism, tired of never sleeping enough (and of the string of bad dreams I’ve been having lately), just tired tired tired.
So I need a good motivational kick in the pants. “Fear of losing my job” is not cutting it, so I need some motivation with flair, with creativity. And that’s where you, my dear readers, can help.
Hit me with your best motivational speech, or story, or mantra. Help me get out of my head and get back to my work. What works for you when you hit a brick wall? What gets you back to work and back to loving your job? How do you keep the bitterness at bay?