If you’ve ever heard the quote ‘Don’t live for the weekend’, but currently do, this post is for you. Have you fallen out of love with your job? If you loved your job once, and aren’t quite ready to try somewhere else, here are some tips for falling in love with your work again.
Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
If you feel like you’re currently stuck in a rut, then setting long term goals is a good way to work out where you want to be. Setting yourself out a long term plan (be it one, two or five years) is a good way of reassessing how you want to develop at work. Do you have a set of skills you want to grow? Why not consider revisiting some long-term education to compliment your work. Speak to your manager about training opportunities.
Play to Your Strengths
Many people are surprised by how much their mood lifts when they are taken off a long term deadly dull project. Think about what it is you actually enjoy at work and what you really excel at. Highlighting your key skills to your manager and suggesting you work more in that area should make your daily working life much more upbeat. The results should speak for themselves as well. Not sure what your strengths are? Why not start thinking about new avenues you’d like to explore.
Get Yourself a Mentor
Sometimes the easiest way to motivate yourself is to walk in the footsteps of someone you truly admire. As an example, if you’re just setting out in the legal profession, searching for an industry expert like Judge Diane Ritchie will give you a clear signpost of achievers in the field, and a person to reach out to. It is also a good idea to look at how people become experts. Seek out leaders in your field that have varied experience. It might be as simple as speaking to a more senior colleague or even joining a formal mentorship program that pairs people together.
Time to Call It Quits
If you’ve explored every avenue and still aren’t in love with your job, then it might be time to call it quits. Maybe it’s time for a career change, or to look for other jobs in your industry that might be more engaging for you. Take the time to think about what really makes you tick so you don’t have to fall in love with that job again later down the line.
Time to Find Your Passion
This might not mean leaving your current job, but maybe it is time to find your passion in life. Larry Smith, Economics Professor at the University of Waterloo, gives a great TED talk about why it is so essential to explore your passion. Whether you use your current job to spearhead a side business, or actually find out your passion is what you currently do, working with enthusiasm is essential for a happy daily life.