Whether you’ve been in your day job for two years too many or you’re just in an Office Space rut, today’s post is all about learning how to love your job again.
1 - TAKE ON A NEW PROJECT
Yes, it may sound counter-intuitive to take on more work but taking on a ‘new to you’ task or project at the office can re-energize how you feel about your company and your role there.
It’ll give you something new to learn, increase your involvement in the workplace and give you more face time with supervisors.
2 - CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE
Simple acts like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, entering the building a different way than you normally do or even just dialing your cell with your non-dominant hand requires your brain to process information differently than it’s used to.
Not to get too scientific on you but in turn this helps to create more dopamine, a key contributor to motivation and productivity.
3 - PUT A NEW SPIN ON AN OLD TASK
I had a client once who could never seem to get caught up on her inbox. She loathed it because no matter how many emails she got through, there’d always be another batch tomorrow for her to handle.
Aside from hiring someone to manage her email for her, we figured out that when she attached a positive feeling to checking and responding to her emails, tackling them gave her a much better sense of accomplishment.
4 - MAKE A NEW FRIEND
We all have those people at work that we always make lunch plans with and then they never happen. Or we mean to make plans with them but never get around to it.
Scheduling and following through with lunch or even a coffee date with someone new is an easy way to switch up the pace of your day and maybe even meet someone interesting and fun. I mean, you have to eat anyways...
5 - INVEST IN YOURSELF
For some of us, investing in ourselves is getting a degree or taking a class. For others it's starting or revisiting an old hobby.
Whatever your definition of investing in yourself is, do it. Having something to look forward to outside of the office motivates you to be more productive and efficient with your time.
And it’s these little investments of time and energy in ourselves that bring joy and gratitude to our everyday lives and in turn help us to love our jobs again.
One last thing - if you haven’t been feelin it for a while at work, pay attention to what’s really going on. If you’re not happy, is it your position?
The company you’re with? The industry you’re in?
Or maybe it has nothing to do with work at all and it’s just spilling over from somewhere else in your life.