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8 ways to fall back in love with your job

Everyone has moments when they fall out of love with their job; when enthusiasm wanes and doubts begin to emerge. The reality is that we all have ups and downs throughout our careers, and it’s up to you to determine whether you’re just going through a bad patch or whether you’re suffering from career burnout and a change in career might really be the best idea. Before you give up and start looking for new opportunities try out these recommendations – you may find your passion for your job resurface.

Remind yourself of why you took the job

It can be easy to get caught up in the ins and outs of the everyday routine and lose sight of the bigger picture. Remind yourself of why you took the job in the first place and what you wanted to achieve at the time. Through reminding yourself of your career ambitions and how your current role is going to help you achieve them, you can recapture the sense of purpose that excited you in your very first few days. Always keep you end goal in mind.

Give yourself a pat on the back

When you’ve been in a job a while, it’s easy to lose sight of how far you have progressed. Think about how difficult you found it when you first started and how brilliant and competent you are in the role now. Most successful people are two things: confident and competent. Remind yourself of the latter to increase the former, thus driving you towards greater success.

Up the ante

If you can do your job with your eyes half closed, then you’re not challenging yourself! We spend the majority of our working day at work, so your brain needs stimulation during this time.
Ask your boss for increased responsibility and a wider involvement across different aspects of the business. Doing so will not only help reenergise you but it will also show your boss that you’re keen to learn and progress – thus putting you on the fast track to a promotion.

Break out of your daily routine

Similarly, eating the same lunch at your desk every day is not healthy and will quickly lead to dejection. You’ll soon find it hard to distinguish between days and your whole working life will become a blur.
Shake things up in any way you can. Volunteer for different tasks, meet new people and break out of your comfort zone.

Find yourself a mentor

If you’re feeling lost in your job and you’re struggling to motivate yourself then try leaning on someone else for advice and support. Mentors can be particularly helpful and inspiring. Their guidance can provide you with structure and direction; helping you to refocus your career plan. Mentors may even introduce you to a wider network of relevant professionals.

Confront your negativity

You are your own worst enemy. The occasional self-critical thought can rapidly descend into a vicious and irreversible cycle of negativity, corrupting your everyday productivity. These Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) are destructive, identify and extinguish them as soon as they become apparent. Replace the ANTs with positive, reaffirming thoughts – you will soon discover yourself becoming a lot more confident and, subsequently, capable in your work.

Advance your skillset

As highlighted in the latest issue of the Hays Journal, even those who’ve reached the very highest echelon of an organisation have much to learn.
Find out if your department has any budget for learning and development (however there are plenty of other ways to grow in your role). By improving your skillset and knowledge you’re not only adding to your own CV, but you’re also turning yourself into a real asset for your company.

Surround yourself with passionate people

Enthusiasm and negativity are both contagious, so surround yourself with people that exude the former. A mood-hoover of a colleague who is constantly complaining and clock-watching is likely to have a rapid detrimental effect on your own attitude. You may not have much of a say as to who you work with, but you can certainly pick your wider professional network and your acquaintances outside of work.

And if all else fails, explore other career opportunities.
If you try all of the above and you still find yourself wanting then it probably is time for a change of career. Having a career that stimulates and challenges you is so important. Think carefully this time about a career that will make you happy; formulate a thorough career plan which looks five or ten years ahead. Our Hays Global Skills Index shows that there’s probably a job out there for you, you just need to be diligent and resolute in your search.

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