Starting a new job is an incredibly exciting experience.Everything feels fresh and new, and all that you want to do is everything that you possibly can. Unfortunately, this feeling doesn’t always last forever. More often than not, the enthusiasm that you feel in the beginning wears off, eventually, leaving your days boring and stale. But you don't have to remain bored and disengaged in your job. You can find ways to bring this passion back and make your work exciting again. With that in mind, here are seven ideas that you could try.
1. Shake Up Your Routine
A regular work routine is a necessary tool to reduce procrastination and improve your levels of productivity and efficiency. That being said, doing the same things every single day in the exact same order can grow tiresome, leaving you bored and even less productive. To combat this, you should take a look at the steps you take throughout the day and consider ways you could shake things up. Don’t stick with a routine that clearly isn’t working as it should. For example, are you energized by working in a group? If so, consider changing your weekly meetings to the morning rather than afternoon to get you in a good mood the rest of the day. Do you always eat lunch at your desk? Try a lunch with a good friend to break up the day.
2. Set Yourself Challenging Goals
Working towards goals is a great way to keep yourself motivated, especially if they’re particularly challenging and you get a great reward when you’re done. Unfortunately, some bosses fail to set targets that keep you interested, which can massively affect your feelings towards to entire job. So take the bull by the horns and take it upon yourself to set some meaningful goals, get some extra responsibilities, or ass some new skills to your arsenal that will give you that much-needed push. Don’t forget to track your progress or reward your accomplishments.
3. Have Fun With Colleagues
It’s important to be professional and take your job seriously, but that doesn’t mean that you need to be completely miserable at work. In fact, goofing off and having some fun can do the world of good, just as long as you don’t take things too far and your work actually gets done each day. In fact, it can massively improve your performance, as well as create a happier work environment overall. You may want to spend some quality time with your colleagues outside of work too.
4. Try Changing Your Scenery
Working within the same four walls each day can make you feel cramped and claustrophobic, so consider changing your scenery now and then. If you work in an office environment, you could ask your boss about telecommuting. If you work as a consultant or an attorney, perhaps you could work out of an office in another city (and get a little change of scenery in the evening too in a new town) .If you work as a doctor, you could accept a locum tenens assignment which can be doubly beneficial, as a locum hospitalist salary tends to be higher than those of permanent doctors. Even redecorating your desk or having an out of office meeting every once in a while may offer the necessary change you need to spice up your workday.
5. Go On A Vacation
Sometimes boredom comes as a result of massive amounts of stress and the eventual burnout. To give yourself a break from all of this, you should try getting away for a while by booking off a few vacation days. Even if you don’t actually travel anywhere, just being away from the working environment can help to recharge your batteries, boosting your mood and allowing you to return to work with an entirely new perspective.
6. Consider Something Completely New
Unfortunately, even after following all of the advice above, you may find that you’re still sick and tired of your current job. This can feel like the end of the world, but it really isn’t. The average person changes careers at least once throughout their life and changes jobs many more times than that. If you’ve tried everything you can think of and still don’t feel happy, then a total career overhaul may be the answer. This is a huge decision, so consider your options carefully.
The excitement of a job can easily be lost over time, but that doesn’t mean that you should accept the boredom and stale working days. Instead, take control, follow the advice above, and do what you can to make your work exciting once again.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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