I know the feeling having been caught up in the grind once myself! I guess having a purpose in mind which is greater than "I'm going to a job so I can get money so I can eat" helps. If you have bigger things you're aiming for, then doing the little things is easier.
Unless you love your job,could be time to have a Big Think.
I understand not everyone can leave their job, but if yours is causing you a dread, then you should seek to change it. Really.
It is your right, to do that so when you do wake up....those feelings are not there.
Write down on paper, what you feel would not make you unhappy to do all day,(as in the way of a job).
Think, is there a course you can do later, that would allow for you to work partly from home? write down every thing you can think of.
Tell yourself, you have to make the change, and it will come about.
I have had in my 40 years of working life(nearly 60 now) only 2 jobs!!
That I LOVED, like I got up and couldn't wait to get to work.Both where I knew I was not only 'needed' but I was making a huge difference.
Without my skill and desire to make a difference, I could not do that job.
Look at what you desire to do, to help this world...and feel good, and Enjoy,
It could be something like looking after children in a day care centre, or if you like cooking working in a kitchen.If you like people, work in retail.
But.....whatever you feel is your 'like' write it down...go from there.You will be quite surprised how it can become a love.Also don't forget to write down a passion you have, see how you can tie that in.This is your life, and you deserve to be happy in a job.
We need more people, who love their jobs, because they will make the world a nicer place too. :)
I agree with Sarah, it's about keeping a purpose in the back of your mind. I've always thought about the saying, work to live not live to work....and so when the day to day grind gets me down I think about why I'm doing it and the things my salary will buy. Keeping goals like family holidays, a new car, Christmas gifts etc in my mind makes it worthwhile.
Another, smaller tactic is to break the day up into manageable chunks and take a break when you can. A walk at lunch hour can make everything seem better. If you're working really hard, its also important to eat well, rest well and take some annual leave when it's possible. Too much work and not enough play makes Jack a dull boy (and me a very cranky woman)!
I have set up a routine where I wake up at 630am, use the 7 minute app and have an intense workout, followed by a lovely, hot shower. Wakes me up instantly and keeps me pumped up for the rest of the day :-)
I love what I do, and hence to me it is not the daily grind. Luckily I only have to cope with a crowded train commute to the city twice a week - otherwise I travel off peak. It is great to work from home otherwise, you feel free. I do take breaks as often as I can. Once every 25 minutes (a quick two minute brain break) is ideal.
I am not sure how I do it. I don't work and I am a stay at home mom, yet I find the daily routine too much to handle some time, not all. Now I am contemplating going back to work full time, so not sure how it will change our life, but who said life was going to be easy.