When you're mentally done with your job, it's easy to give up and put in less effort. You hate your job anyway, so what's the point in trying? It's a tempting thought, but it usually works in your favour to continue to do good work even when you're fed up. Photo by Adam Lynch.
Over at the Muse, freelance writer Kat Boogaard makes the case for continuing to put in the effort:
I'll admit that it can seem counterintuitive to put your all into something when you don't even like what you're doing. But, falling victim to mediocrity will only add fuel to your discontented fire. So, push through and continue to turn in high-quality work. Even if you don't necessarily enjoy what you're doing, doing a good job with it will definitely help to lift your spirits and boost your confidence a little bit. Plus, if nothing else, at least you can go home each night feeling good about the work you put in that day. That's something.
Her point about fuelling your discontent is an important one. For example, if you're tired of your job because your boss devalues your work, producing shoddy work will only make things worse, because you'll prove his or her point and probably end up hating your job even more.
Producing quality work reminds you of your value and, as Boogaard says, boosts your confidence. And when you're sick of your job, confidence goes a long way. It helps motivate you to look for a better job, or perhaps fix some of the issues with your current one. Plus, continuing to work hard is almost an act of rebellion: you're doing it for yourself, not for the job.
Boogaard's full post offers some additional advice for what to do when you're fed up with your job, so give it a look at the link below.