We all have moments where we fall out of love with our job. Just like everything else, too much of a good thing can get boring. I thought, since I’m very familiar with the feeling, that I’d write about what makes us feel fed up and how to fall back in love with your job.
Why we fall out of love with our jobs
The common cause for boredom is repetition. Does your job require the same daily tasks to be completed, making every week run the same? In worst cases, every day might run the same. I’ve worked in some pretty repetitive office jobs. I’ve also worked in fast-paced jobs such as retail which I still absolutely hated! Before dismissing your job as completely boring, try to address what about it has made you so fed up so you can better solve the problem.
Not everyone can up and leave their job for a new one, and the grass isn’t always greener. Here are three ways to fall back in love with your job…
Change it up
Repetition always leads to boredom. Try to change up your work routine as much as possible. Jot down all the tasks that need to be completed in a week and then try to change up how you manage them. For example, do you prefer to work on one task a day to get them all done or would that one task bore you? Can you chop and change your duties so that you’re always moving on to new things? Would that keep you better engaged? Approaching tasks from a new angle might help.
Take on more responsibility
Maybe you’re bored because you’re stuck doing the same thing. If you like your job enough to stay then why not ask for more responsibility? You might even get a raise or promotion out of it! More work might not sound appealing, but think of it as fresh tasks and more disposable income! Your boss, especially if they manage a large company, can’t be responsible for keeping an eye on you and noticing when you’re bored. Don’t be afraid to let them know that you’re ready to take on more. Own it!
Set higher goals and achieve them
Success is a great motivator. Being the best at what you do gives a good self-confidence boost and, just like smiling convinces you you’re happy, achieving goals helps you love your job. It’s easy, when you’re doing the same thing everyday, to forget the bigger picture. Remember it. Are you making sales, advising people or, like me, growing your clients’ audiences? Set clear goals- numbers are best, and then smash them! Short term goals keep you growing long-term and there’s nothing like feeling a badass at what you do!
Think of this task as really doing yourself a favour. Ask yourself: is this a job or is this a career? If you’re finding yourself identifying with the former, it’s time to review your passions and perhaps change jobs. If you’re on the right career path but disheartened, follow these steps to give yourself and your job a boost! I wish you all success.
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