Tips For Falling Back in Love…With Your Job
Think back to when you first started your current position – in those days, your job could do no wrong. Everything was new and exciting and even your cubicle-mate’s habit of loudly slurping his coffee was more funny than annoying. But now, a year or two down the line, there may be days when you wake up and dread the thought of heading into the office.
If this sounds familiar, it’s okay; these feelings happen to the best of us. Even if you’re working in an exciting position and like your coworkers, there will undoubtedly be days that bum you out. That’s what happens when you’ve been going to the same office, doing the same work, seeing the same people day in and day out. What’s important in this situation is how you react to and revive your interest in your position, because spending your days staying unhappy about your job is no way to live and will undoubtedly affect the quality of your work. So this Valentine’s Day, take some time to rekindle the love you first had for your job. Here’s how:
- Look at the big picture
When you’re caught up in the day-to-day, it can be difficult to see the bigger picture and the impact your work is having on the company. Take a step back and look at the role your position plays within the organization to understand how the work you’re doing is important and valuable. While you’re there, look at where you started and consider the areas where you’ve grown.
- Have a reality check
On a similar note, as you’re weighing in on the big picture, realize that this job is just one stop along your career journey and that you decide the role it plays long term. Your time at this position can be a great learning experience and resume selling point if you have a good attitude and put forth the effort.
- Evaluate your career goals
When you’re feeling down about your job, sometimes it’s helpful to reevaluate your career goals. What is it that you see yourself doing? What are you good at? Where do you want to be in five years? Considering these questions could make you realize that your job is moving you toward your goals. It may also help you see new areas within your current position that could be beneficial in helping you reach those goals.
- Ask for what you want
If there’s something specific at work that is causing you to be unhappy, it’s time to address it. Perhaps you want a raise, a flexible schedule, or are looking for more responsibility. If you’ve identified a change that can be made that will continue pushing you toward your career goals while also benefiting the company, talk to your boss about it.
- Get involved
You’re less likely to feel unhappy in your position if you are connected with the people you work with, so consider becoming more involved in your work culture. Similarly, look for networking opportunities or industry groups you can join in your community. Surrounding yourself with people who are energetic, positive, and understand where you’re coming from will be a great source of motivation and happiness in your job.
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