You know that feeling of when you land a new job and you're super excited to start, you plan your outfits, your make up, your daily breakfast, everything because you're just so exhilarated and eager. Every day, you wake up full of beans and ready to tackle anything that comes your way. It's a bit like the 'honeymoon' phase in a relationship, everything is new and fun. And then those were the good old days, over time, you become tired, bored and the thought of getting out of bed pains you. You start to dream about the weekend again on Monday mornings and slowly, you become unhappy and then you question whether this is what you're going to be stuck with for the rest of your life.
Whilst this period of time may drag you down, this happens to the majority of us and definitely isn't something to worry about. You're stuck in a rut, I get it, I've been there before, several times actually. Regardless of whether you're in your 20's, 30's, 40's and even 50's, we all experience it at some point and it's absolutely normal. As humans, we crave change, but that change is also fear, fear of where you might end up if you make the wrong decision and fear of the uncertainty. But you know what, this is all part of navigating through life and rest assured that the light is at the end of the tunnel and you will get through it. If you are feeling stuck, here's a few ways to help you get back on track.
Ask for more responsibility - Part of being bored could possibly mean you don't have enough to do. Ask your manager to give you some extra tasks to build up your responsibility and to drive you forward. Taking on more could give you that excitement you need and stepping away from your normal day to day tasks will also shake up your routine.
Take on a course - Education is huge and it's something that we all benefit from. Give your skills set a boost by taking a course or class outside of work and apply it to your current role. I'm sure that this will impress your manager and hopefully inspire others in your team.
Change your attitude - Try to abandon all negative thoughts and focus on the positive perks at work. It might be easier said than done, but if you look at the brighter side of things and be grateful for what you have, then it may just be that little push of attitude adjustment you need.
Sit down and talk to someone - The best way to let out all unhappiness is to talk to someone and not bottle up your feelings. I'm not saying a full blown complaint on how much you dislike your role, but just to get some validation and be inspired again. Have a little brainstorm with your manager, set some clear goals and then smash them, it's always the best way.
Have some fun - The people you work with play a huge part in your day to day life, I mean, you are spending pretty much the whole day with them, so why not enjoy the time you spend together. Organise a work lunch, or even happy hour after you finish for the day. This way, you get to speak to your colleagues outside of work and get them know them a little bit more. Work is definitely much more fun when you actually enjoy the company around you.
If you have any tips or ways to enjoy your job again, I'd love to know. I'm always on the lookout for more ways to be motivated, so if you have any recommendations, hit me up!
Photos by: Jason R Joseph