7 ways to fall in love with your job (again)
What if there was a way to fall back in love with your job? Would you do it? If your answer was, “Well, duh,” then we’ve got good news – there is a way to get your passion back, and here’s the expert advice to help you do it.
Take a vacay
When your personal life spirals out of control, it can be hard to know if it’s your job or external stress that’s getting you down, so to figure out what’s really making you unhappy, business and life coach Fiona Craig suggests taking a short break or holiday. By distancing yourself from your work environment, she says, you’ll be able to relax and re-evaluate your situation, which may lead to the realisation that you don’t really hate those monthly sales reports, you just hate how much you’re trying to cram your already packed day.
Go back to school
According to psychologist and career coach Sharon Hensby, one of the most common reasons people lose interest in their job is because they no longer feel challenged, so signing up for a work-related course might be the spark that reignites your career passion.
As well as keeping your mind stimulated, Craig says that courses are also great for your personal growth, which in turn provides you with the confidence to stretch yourself. You might realise you want a promotion, or, after completing a course in, say, computer software, you might recognise your skills and passion are better suited to something else. In this case, Craig suggests you talk to your supervisor about adapting your current role or ask if you should apply for other positions within your company.
Do what you truly love
Been ditching Pilates, ladies’ night and Sunday hikes for emails, work presos and company reports? No wonder you’re hating on your job right now. “Hobbies help distract you from job stress and work issues, so not making time for them can lead to resentment or a loss of identity,” says Craig, and it’s a sentiment Hensby agrees with. “The interests and relationships you have outside of work bring meaning and purpose to your life, teach you new skills and are vital for refreshing and renewing us,” she adds, so call up your besties or enroll in that French class, pronto.
Restyle your workspace
It might seem simple – and it is – but sprucing up your desk could significantly change the way you feel about work. If you actually like the environment you’re in, chances are your attitude towards working there will change.
Before you start your makeover, Craig says to analyse why your current workspace doesn’t inspire you and then make the appropriate changes. “Giving your workspace a makeover can involve rearranging your furniture or bringing in items that have a positive meaning and keep you in a positive mindset,” she explains. Inspire your senses with music or scented candles, and pops of colour. And, if you have the space, you might like to hang a quote or vision board, too.
Change your negative habits
Sure, you could quit your current job and apply for another one somewhere else, but when the excitement of the unknown inevitably fades into the mundane of the familiar, what then? If you’re still leaving the office late, eating lunch at your desk and browsing Facebook until your to-do list becomes unbearable, we’re betting you’ll start to resent that job, too. Solution? Create healthier habits.
“Taking a lunchbreak, going on coffee dates with work friends and building meditation into your workday can contribute to your wellbeing and general happiness at work,” agrees Hensby. By working on the small stuff (like nixing procrastination and getting a handle on your inbox), you’ll be better able to keep those niggling, everyday stresses to a minimum, which will give you more time to remember why you wanted this gig in the first place.
Find the solution
Here’s the sitch: You had a crappy day, so, naturally, you spent five hours complaining about it to your S.O. or work wife, which then made you dislike your gig even more. While Hensby notes that venting can be very therapeutic, if it becomes a regular feature of your discussion with friends and family, it’s time to take action so you can refocus on the positives.
Not sure what to do if you’re not venting? Hensby says to find a solution. If, for example, you have a boss who micro- manages everything you do, use your empathy to understand their situation and find ways to communicate your feelings. Or, if you’ve been dying to flex your killer social media skills, ask if there’s a project you could work on that would allow you to use those talents.
Identify your purpose
It’s easy for the love to fade when work becomes routine and monotonous, but when this happens, zero in on your purpose. Is your goal to do the exact same things with the same amount of enthusiasm every day? When you first applied for the position, that probably wasn’t your end game. To refocus your objectives, Hensby suggests creating a five-year plan and analysing how what you’re doing now fits into the bigger picture. If you’re so out of touch with your gig that a five-year plan makes you nauseous, though, it’s time to answer a few tough questions.
For Craig, those questions look something like this: What did you want to be when you were younger? What are your talents and strengths? What do you get the most satisfaction from and what is your dream? Once you’ve taken time to answer those, assess whether they align with your current role. If they do, then get working on that list of career objectives, and if they don’t, well, ask yourself how you can change your current position so that they do. The key is to have a sense of direction and follow it – because once you do that, the love will reignite and grow.
This story originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of Women’s Fitness.