Are you in a rut? Having trouble getting excited about your projects, or the job itself? Do you no longer feel challenged? Are opportunities to move up limited or non-existent? If so, here are a few Mindtools.com tips that will help you recharge.
Get to the root of the problem. Journaling about how you’re feeling and what you want – even if for a short time – can help unearth the reasons for your doldrums.
Learn something new. Maybe your routine has become too predictable. Feeling down may be your mind signaling that it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and into a new role or a new career.
Find meaning and purpose. If you don’t feel satisfied at the end of your workday, try helping out a co-worker, volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about. Or try the “Meaning, Pleasure, Strengths Process” – a tool that helps you identify worthwhile work that makes you happy.
If you’re overwhelmed by a never-ending to-do list, each day, note the things you plan to achieve. Cross them off once completed. This will remind you of the value you bring and boost your satisfaction.
Make a conscious effort to build your network and increase your contacts. Get to know the people you work with better, and make new acquaintances. Positive work relationships elevate your mood and a positive mood can boost productivity.
Find renewed inspiration by connecting with a mentor, or work with a coach. This will position you to learn from a successful person and gain fresh insights. Or, pick up the autobiography of someone you admire. Draw inspiration from their positive example.