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I just started a new job right before the pandemic and I don't know why, but I'm severely lacking the drive to work whereas before, I used to really push myself. Help! How do I get back my motivation?

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Have you experienced this lack of motivation before? Do you have work to do? Maybe you need a change of scenery...have you been cooped up in the house/apt bc of covid? Monotony in one aspect of your life can often bleed into others, leading to a general feeling of “ennui.”

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Hmm could there be something else in your life that’s making you feel overwhelmed? I’m in a similar position - started a new job in NYC end of march when covid was at its worst here, and I’ve been remote since I started. Have very little to no motivation to do anything...but, I also have very little to do and am worried I’ll get cut. I usually feel more motivated when I can connect with my work somehow. I find it very difficult to connect on a substantive level (it’s corporate work), so I try to find the connection with my colleagues and by getting involved in firm activities. Covid kind of killed that though.

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Just know you’re not alone in this and there’s no right answer to your question. People can and will suggest a million things that have worked for them or that are ‘supposed to work’ but it’s all trial and error. Switch things up and actively check in on yourself to see where you’re at and how you’re doing. The fact that you’re calling yourself out on it is already a big plus, just actively work on finding that drive as best as you can. It probably -in all honesty- won’t be back 100% until things are back to normal (whatever that means).

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During high stress situations, like a pandemic, our brains can go into fight/flight/freeze mode. Our prefrontal cortex shuts down and our limbic system takes over. For you, it sounds like you are in “freeze” mode. I share this to say that this is normal and is due to our wiring. Some of us stay in this high threat level longer than others and we can dip in and out of it. I experienced it at first when we started to shelter in place and then again after George Floyd was killed and protesting and riots broke out in my city (Minneapolis). Self care practices like gratitude, finding a fun thing to do each day, getting outside at least once per day and finding connection with people can help. Know that this too shall pass as we adjust to a new normal (even if it’s temporary).

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I’ve gone through periods, including during the pandemic, where I have felt similarly. Whatever the reason, I just did not want to work. I’ve gone through similar periods before the pandemic as well. For me, it ebbs and flows. Right now, I feel very motivated and productive and I plan to take full advantage of that. A new or different type of project may help.

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I know this feeling exactly! I’m the type that benefits from a separate work environment, which has been hard to replicate at home. It’s just a bandaid solution, but when I get into a funk I draw up a daily list of must-completes and then add one extra item/task from a project on it. That way even if I’m not feeling motivated, I’m still ticking the boxes. (Let me know if you find something to help shake the funk though!)

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