As with other matters of the heart, your once-beloved profession could become dull, boring, fat, bald, old and ugly.
Clearly, the honeymoon period is over, but isn’t that what happens to anyone in a long-term relationship with their beloved –umm job?
It doesn’t mean that the fervor is gone and lost forever. It simply means that you just don’t feel the same way you did in the beginning.
The problem may not be the job – the problem is you and how you feel about it.
Here is how to re-ignite that passion you once felt for your job again.
- Get to know more about it: Find out something new about your current area of work. Search for online publications, books or articles related to your field and start learning what you didn’t know about your job. The newfound knowledge will make you feel like there is much more to it than what you already knew. Meet your job all over again and find new ways to connect to it.
- Bring in Change: Are you feeling like you are stuck in a rut with your current job?If change is what you need, go and ask for it. Job rotation is not possibly for every position. However, you can ask your manager to make your work more challenging by adding or swapping a few responsibilities. Many organizations offer volunteer opportunities to employees who are interested in “change” or a new perspective.
You might be able to alter the way you approach your work every day and let that be the change you could go with. For example, you could re-paint or renovate your workspace. Hang up posters with inspiring quotes, or add decorations. If you are a freelancer, you could choose a different location to work from.
- Connect more with Co-workers: Give yourself and your job space by trying not to make it all about the work. Being in an organization also means that you get to connect with other people at your workplace and build meaningful connections.
Remember the early days when you had a great time with the people you worked with? Maybe it’s time you meet new people and build new connections again. This will only enhance your network, but also give you more people to talk to, smile at, and have useful conversations with. Try to attend more company events, engage in conversation with new people at your workplace, give and receive advice, have a random chat, and just be friendly.
- Notice the Good (and Ignore The Bad): Overtime, we end up taking our job for granted by forgetting “the good” and start noticing the bad – a little too much. Every small nuisance becomes a major pain. Again, this is just the way you feel about your job, and not really the job itself that has changed. Counter these feelings by changing your attitude towards work. Try to notice the good in your work by noticing the best things that happened to you at work each day. It could be a compliment someone gave you. Or, possibly an advice. Maybe you met a customer you liked who made your day with his words. Notice, how you managed to help people every day. Somewhere in those “good traits” of your job, you will start realizing why you took it in the first place.
- Take a break: Sometimes, all we really need is a break from our routine. When the next opportunity arises, ask for a long leave. During that time, try to spend a few days at home just passing time. The boredom will eventually kick in (and believe me this will happen eventually!) and you will realize why you are better off at work.
- Seek out the Passionate: Sometimes, it helps to talk to passionate people at your workplace or in your industry. Find people with the same or similar career as you who have a never-ending love for their job. Attend professional networking events and talk to people who know a lot more than you about your career. Catch on their positively contagious knowledge, passion, inquisitiveness, and dedication to the field and refill your heart with the desire to know and achieve more.
Ashley Sanford works at Peak Dissertation supervising a panel of professional dissertation writers. She’s also a passionate blogger with a core interest in career program and consultation.