(Closed) How to deal when you don't want to be at work

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Post # 2
9567 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015


Post # 3
1337 posts
Bumble bee

I drink lots of coffee

Post # 4
739 posts
Busy bee

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jewellight :  would you not have to stay to finish things you were working on? That tends to be motivating enough for me, I can doss about in the afternoon if I want but ultimately my work still needs to be done so I’ll have to stay late/come in early. Staring out the window seems less appealing when it means staying in the office alone until 8pm

Post # 5
9579 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

play on wb

Post # 6
899 posts
Busy bee

I know how you feel! Can you be productive in other things? Like are you planning a wedding right now? When I don’t feel motivated I would work on something like my guestlist or schedules for the day. Or try to do something that doesn’t require a lot of brain power like cleaning up your mailbox. lol

Post # 7
2617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

go on weddingbee and listen to podcasts…..  Plan my next weekend getaway or research my next big purchase.

Wow, I sound like a horrible employee…. I promise I complete all my work!!

Post # 8
5078 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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jewellight :  Screw around on WB and facebook. This week is like that for me, slow week with not much going on and people out so I don’t even have anyone to chit chat with. My days work could be completed in a couple hours, but I try to spread it out lol. My job tends to be either really busy or deadsville. 

Post # 10
4230 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I make lists.  Lists seem to do it for me.  I even will put things on my list that have already been done so I can cross them off.  I have an ongoing to-do list when school is in session, that I move from week to week in my plan book.  If there is a deadline I put that due date next to the to do list item.  Sometimes if I’m feeling especially overwhelmed or unmotivated I’ll make a separate list for that day.  It could be things as simple as “make copies of x worksheet” or “wipe down all flat surfaces”.  When things are crossed off my list, my motivation seems to skyrocket.  Granted I’m a list person and that works for me, but maybe it will work for you too!

Post # 11
1565 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I’m in a weird place, as my job has been offshore (trained my replacement a few months ago) and I’m just waiting for my end date (have a job lined up for after so yay)! But, it makes for really long days where I just don’t have much to do, or motivation to even go to work some days. So. Once I’ve answered emails, I play on WB, plan my wedding, and was also searching for jobs (you may want to consider that if you’re having this problem regularly). We also work in a ridiculously nice building with a lot of nice amenities for employees, so I also lead a lot of “field trips” for my also bored coworker’s to places like our coffee shop, the library, or our top floor 😳.


im going to have quite the adjustment in a few weeks 

Post # 12
2202 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Go for a walk? 

Organise/clean your desk?

Clear out your inbox?

I also send memes to DH about what I’ve done that day.

Post # 13
1962 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I go for walks. 

I clean my desk. 

I walk paperwork/talk work at peoples desk rather then email/call.

Play online/plan the wedding

Text my friends.

Stare out the window. (I sit alone, so no one sees it) 

I make piles of work that has to be done and tell myself it has to be done by X time so at least I get something done. 

Post # 14
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

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ljm308 :  this works for me, I’m defintely a list person.

On a slow period at work I will even bribe myself using my work-related lists Okay, do 3 things on this list and you can go on FB/ WB for half an hour. 

I make to do lists for home & other stuff too. Grocery lists, I plan dinner menus for the week (I love to cook). 

Sometimes I bring a book to read and sit outside reading for my break. 


Post # 15
1342 posts
Bumble bee

I’m having one of those days today too. I have an awful headache. I wonder why I’m here. But I am and I may as well tough it out for a few more hours. 

I’m trying to motivate myself to work but I’m spending a lot of time on my phone. 

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