How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job

Here's How You Can Fall Back In Love With Your Job

Remember the time when you just got started with your current job when everything felt fresh and special. The benefits offered to you and the job role, everything seemed just so great back then. You loved it when people asked you “What do you do?” and your answers reflected the pride you took in your job. However, now you feel that the excitement has fizzled out over the years. Nothing feels special anymore and the same things that didn’t bother you earlier,gets you irritated now.

A daily 9 to 5 routine can wear anyone down. Even the most exciting jobs have boring days when we count down the hours till you can leave the office. If all this sounds too familiar to you, keep reading. Outlined below are a few tips for bringing back the spark and help you fall back in love with your job all over again.

1) Withdraw yourself for some time:

The best way to rediscover enthusiasm for the job is by withdrawing yourself from it for some time. Take a small break or a long vacation to ponder over your life and work. Keeping yourself away from the job and the mundane routine will make for an environment free from any prejudices.You will be able to see things more clearly and help understand how you actually feel about the things that are going wrong.

2) Identify the causes:

Sit down and make a list of all the things that make you unhappy or dissatisfied at work. Once you have the list, separate the causes that you can do something about from the ones that are beyond you and start taking concrete actions. For example, if you are a writer who doesn’t feel inspired,you need to find inspiration on your own to write better. Nobody else can do that for you.

3) Fix what is in your power:

Sometimes even making the smallest of changes can create a huge impact. Take concrete steps towards maintaining a healthy work-life balance even if it means grabbing a cup of coffee with friends after office sometimes.You will start feeling happy instantly. Try to keep negativity at bay by concentrating on all the things you do love about your job and avoid participating in office gossips. While gossip makes for an effective way to bond with colleagues, overdoing it may push you over the edge and make you hate the job even more.

4) Talk to your boss:

While preparing the list of causes, you might have identified causes that are beyond you. However, your boss might be able to help you with some of these causes. If you think that there’s a particular part of your work that you just don’t like, you can talk about it to your manager if s/he can swap the duty with somebody who likes doing it. You can also ask for more work of your interest. Things will start changing with the addition of new work duties and your love for the job will come back.

5) Negotiate for better perks or salary:

Sometimes people feel underpaid for the work they are doing and this can leave them frustrated and unhappy. If you feel the same way, you might want to put your negotiation skills to good use by asking fora raise and more perks. Before asking,do your research well and figure out whether what you are asking for is justified or not. Prepare your reasons in advance and give out actual facts to support them.

6) Visualize happiness:

Think about the times when you used to be happy at work.It will help you understand your reasons for unhappiness at work better and you will be able to find a solution. Think about all the things you would love to do in your free time or life in general and you will have a fresh new reason for doing the job.Sometimes all we need is a reason to keep going. Occupied with daily routines and stressful jobs, people lose their motivation to work. Simply remembering or renewing them can help you feel more energized and happy at work.Try and look at the big picture of what your company is doing and the part you play in it. Most of the times, people don’t realize that they are playing a critical role in achieving their company’s objectives.

7) Change the way you do things:

Look for better and effective ways of doing your job. Even scheduling your work differently can create a huge impact. Take up-tasks that you like or require most energy first in the morning because that’s when people are most attentive and at their creative best. Take breaks in-between tasks. Ask your manager to have walking meetings instead of standard meetings requiring you to sit inside a meeting room. Sometimes people realize that it is not the job that they hate but how they do it.If your work requires you to travel frequently for attending events or meetings, plan your travels and commitments in a way that you get enough time for yourself.Make sure you get proper rest and find time to do things apart from work.

8) Spruce up your desk / cabin / cubicle:

Sitting in the same spot every day for a long time makes things dull. That’s precisely why most startups are opting for a sit-wherever-you-want kind of a setup. However, if your organization follows a set seating structure, you can change things by decorating your desk / cabin / cubicle. You can add interesting things like posters, post-its, even photographs of your favorite people. Doing so will instantly brighten up the environment and you will feel happy and more energetic.

9) Start a side business:

If you have any interest or passion outside your work, explore them by starting a side business. It will be difficult to manage both work and business together initially. However, if handled correctly you would be able to do just fine. You can then easily reflect on your career priorities. Starting your own business will also give you a better perspective on how things work in an organization. While working solo and managing a lot of work roles on your own, you might even start appreciating those performing similar roles at your workplace.

10) Volunteer for a cause:

There’s no greater feeling than doing something for the betterment of the society we are a part of. You feel that you are doing something for the greater good. Volunteering is one of the best ways to distract yourself from everything going wrong in your life and focus on bigger problems. What would be even better is that you start and organize a volunteering initiative at your workplace.In your efforts to do something for the society, you will also create the opportunity to bond with your co-workers.

Even after doing all this if you realize that your job still fails to make you happy; it is time you should consider making a career change. However, before you take a decision, think deeply and be absolutely sure about it.Check whether you are ready and willing to take the big career and financial risk or not.

Author Info:

Megha Raizada is a professional writer working with the premium job portal She has a keen interest in the global job market, but also loves to keep a track of everything interesting happening around the globe. You can reach her at Twitter and Google+.

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