Sometimes when you have been working somewhere for a while, your passion for a job tends to waver. Getting out of bed can become a chore, you feel unmotivated, and every day seems to feel the same. This feeling of dread and lack of motivation cannot only impact your mood, but your productivity as well.
As Maya Angelou once said “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
Being passionate about what you do is important not only for your career but your overall mental health. Sometimes you need to make time to help yourself and figure out ways to rekindle that passion you once had for your job.
Here’s some tips to help you learn how to love your job again:
1. Take some time to reflect on what made you choose this job in the first place.
When you first found this job and applied, what intrigued you most about the position? Did you apply just for the experience, or did the position description genuinely interest you? Sometimes figuring out what made you go to a job in the first place can help reignite that spark you once had, or help you decide whether to consider applying for a new position.
2. Go outside your comfort zone.
If you find you’re feeling like you’re doing the same thing over and over again, chances are you usually are. When your daily tasks become more of a habit that you can do without thinking about it, it’s time to switch things up. Take on new responsibilities, volunteer for other projects, or join an company specialty group. Going outside of your normal confines can often give you a jolt. It is also important to note that going out of your comfort zone can benefit your career in the long run.
3. Think about the long term benefits of the job.
Think about what makes the job worth staying there long term. Does staying at this job for another year increase your chances of getting your dream position or at least a higher paying one? What skills are you learning to help you reach your long-term goals? Asking yourself these questions can help you become more focused on what you want to get out of your current position and what you want next.
4. Give yourself a mindful break throughout your workday.
Consider taking a 5–10-minute break throughout the day to reset. This activity can not only give you a fresh boost of energy in the middle of the day but can also make you feel more confident and recharged to finish your tasks. If you make a habit of doing this daily, you can significantly improve your overall mental health, and that can result in increased productivity and overall happiness at work. You can find much good mindful meditation like this on Youtube, which is a free and easy way to get some mindfulness throughout your day.
5. Work on changing your negative perspective.
Our mood can project out into our work. Sometimes, your attitude can be part of the reason you are not motivated at work. Take an inventory of how you are feeling. Are you happy? Are you stress-free? Do you surround yourself with other positive people? It’s so easy to take on the negativity around us and from other people in the workplace. Don’t let the negativity consume you. Give yourself some time to create a list of about ten things that are great about your workplace. Writing down the positive traits of your workplace can help you change your perspective on how you view it and your life in general. If you can’t find any positive aspects, maybe it’s time to move on.
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