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For the longest time (about 5 years out of school now), I've been fairly motivated enough to go to work each day and do actual quality work. Lately I've been losing a ton of motivation. I'm starting to realize that this is really affecting my performance at work for the last several months now. I just don't enjoy doing this anymore. It's just too tedious (especially my current project). I think I might be able to work on easier projects or just do maintenance type work (like fixing bugs or things that don't require an elaborate design document). I think I could be fine doing that sort of thing instead.

I really have no idea what is causing my loss of motivation. It just sort of happened recently and now I find myself really struggling to even work on my current task. Help? Maybe I should finally just quit and start working on an iPhone app or something. lol.

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Talk to a Foxconn employee about too tedious and then get back to us. –  Jarrod Roberson May 2 '12 at 14:34
    
@Andrew , what part of the dev that you loose the motivation. Is it just the documentation? If yes, we all are with you. –  java_mouse May 2 '12 at 14:36
    
I know this has been closed but I'll add my 2 cents. In a bouyant job market, I'd look around and find something else. You might even get a pay rise. And if the market is quiet, that might give you some motivation to make a go of things at your current job. –  Ozz May 2 '12 at 15:15
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The first thing to do might be to discuss with your boss. Phrase it along the lines of "I'd prefer to work on other projects or more bug fixes". Try to keep it positive and focus on how you'd enjoy that more, and don't focus on how little you enjoy the current work. In my experiences, I find that many developers prefer to avoid maintenance work and bug fixes so if you volunteer for it, then management might be very happy to give you what you want.

And there's also the possibility that it also might be time to look for a new job. Maybe you just need to work in a new environment, on different kinds of projects to get your mojo back.

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The thing is that I got a new job a year and a half ago. It's much more intense than my previous job. I've even contemplated going back to my old job even though it would pay much less. It was a lot more lax there and I was always just working on maintenance type stuff. The only problem is that job is in a very boring city that's bad for a single guy like me. :( –  Andrew May 2 '12 at 14:35
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