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I work as a developer and was recently promoted to dev lead. I performed my previous role very well - though I initially faced challenges I overcame those and I am able to deliver the work with in time. Eventually with less challenges I went into my comfort zone and settled there.

I have now moved to a new role, and this role brings new challenges and additional responsibilities. There is a need for me to put more effort in, and to work hard to overcome those challenges. And there is a desperate need to be more productive.

But I feel it is very difficult to get out of my current comfort zone and work hard. I know I have to work harder than earlier, takes extra mile and cut down all unproductive chores from my daily routine. But there is inner resistance to do that because of comfortable zone
This becomes my primary obstacle.

How to get enough motivation to 1) overcome inner resistance to change due to comfort zone, and 2) to work hard?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is really about developing skills for a new role in the workplace, not personal productivity. It may be a good fit at – Dennis S. May 7 '14 at 13:30
@DennisS., My main point here is to overcome inner resistance due to comfortable zone and work hard. I have updated the question. Please let me know if it still off-topic – Babu May 7 '14 at 15:40
I think this is personal productivity as it's not about specific workplace skills like conflict resolution, it's about personal productivity. That being said, I think this question is pretty broad and might need to be improved to clarify the question - motivation or time-management. – Raystafarian May 7 '14 at 15:51
@Raystafarian, Modified the question – Babu May 7 '14 at 16:01
With the edit, I think it is a better fit for this site. And I'll edit my answer to match. – Dennis S. May 7 '14 at 18:05

Summary: Find a way to get some training in the new skills you need for the new role, and you'll stop spending a lot of time and energy in figuring out what it is you need to do.

When I made the same shift from senior developer to lead, I also found that the work had changed. In my case, I already knew that would happen, and was looking forward to the challenge of developing new skills, so motivation was not a problem for me. Your challenges now are less technical and far more interpersonal. I resisted that promotion for years, until I finally came to appreciate the truth in "People are the most interesting puzzle you'll never solve."

In my experience, changing your perspective on an issue can remove the lack of motivation. In your question you several times comment on having to work harder, but that's not really true. Your work is different, and you need to learn new skills to be effective at it. The learning new skills and the friction of not doing them effectively is what looks hard at the moment. Assuming you learn the skills, in a year or two you'll wonder what was so difficult.

I found a set of podcasts that have been terrific for teaching me the skills I needed: Manager Tools, home at There's a "basics" feed, which is the place to start - with hundreds of podcasts available in the full feed, it can be overwhelming without a little guidance.

Manager Tools gives me a lot of tools to use in attempting to solve the people puzzle, and keep track of what they're doing along the way. Using those tools simplified how I approached the new tasks that were part of a team lead job, and reduced the stress of not knowing how to do the new tasks effectively. Having someone tell me "do it like this, it works" broke me out of a lot of points where I was spinning in place (feeling like I was working harder) just because I didn't have the skills I needed yet.

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