I have been criticized as being horribly depressing for this viewpoint but in my eyes I feel better about doing less than satisfactory work by looking at the results of how bad things could really be for me right now if I didn't catch X number of breaks, and also how thinking, how is the work I am doing right now going to pay off in my long term security.
What I mean by this is, if I get depressed about managerial discussions, scheduling in an awful tool that I have no choice over, writing drab reports to other people who will write drab reports, then I have to think to myself how fortunate I am that I live in the once great country of the USA, a pathetic vampiric crumbling empire that seems to do everything in its power to make life as difficult as possible for vast majority of the population. The fact that I even have a job that affords me a wife, a nice house, an active social life, the ability to give to charity and the ability for modest savings makes me feel so unbelievably fortunate in the face of so much human despair that I see around myself everyday.
I live every day of my career not only thinking about how I can get ahead, but who I should suck up to, who I should avoid being seen with, and what do I have to do to ensure I will not be replaced by someone younger or someone offshore who is more desperate than myself. I am only 28 so that is not a huge concern just yet, but I still actively look at everything I am doing day to day as slowly working to a position where I can jump into being a project manager, a business analyst, a software architect, or really anything technical at all that increases my versatility in quite possibly the most unforgiving and cutthroat job market that any of us have ever seen. I am winning now, but what about tomorrow? The day after? How can I be certain that I won't be destitute when I am 50 and nobody will want to take a chance on me anymore?
Welcome the opportunity to learn project management skills, it is a window of opportunity that you are lucky if it opens to you once in your entire life, and you will only be stronger for learning it.