Are you feeling like you’ve come to a career halt? Feeling bored, stuck in a rut? If you’re no longer feeling energized or motivated in your work, maybe it’s time for a fresh start. That doesn’t mean you have to find another job, although that’s usually most people’s first thought when their job is no longer satisfying.
Here are four things you can start doing today to make a fresh start at work and feel happier.
1. Remember Why You Took the Job
Chances are when you applied for your job and during the first three or six months, or even the first year, it felt exciting and challenging. Think back and remember what caught your eye when you first saw the job advertised. Why did it look good?
Whether you work in finance or a nonprofit, there were aspects of the organization that appealed to you. Check in to see if that is still true. There could be other reasons for your current slump. Maybe you’ve been working too hard, or you need a vacation.
2. Don’t Get into Office Negativity
Try to avoid being drawn into office gossip or the negativity spiral that spends the week looking forward to Friday. There’s usually at least one person in every office who brings the vibe down by complaining. Give that person a wide berth and focus on the positive.
3. Take Control of Your Personal Vision
It really is up to you how you choose to feel about your work. Think about how your work is making a difference in the world, and how what you’re doing today contributes to your big life goals.
If your job doesn’t align with your values anymore, try to make it the best you can while you optimistically prepare for your next step. In the meantime, focus on how your work is keeping you employed, fed, and housed!
4. Go for Opportunities
One positive way to re-energize your work life is to prepare for your next professional step. Think about where you want to go and what skills and resources you’ll need to get there. Ramp up your networking both online and in real life. Look for professional development opportunities like courses, conferences, and workshops. Ask what professional growth supports are available through your organization. Consider connecting with a mentor or life coach who can help you map out your career path. If you’re feeling stale in your job, the most important thing you can do is decide to take control and turn things around!