Like your job, but don’t love it?
Want the time you spend at work to pay off for you in more than just money?
If so, you’re not alone. Increasingly, professionals are looking for work that feeds their intrinsic goals and values, in addition to paying the bills.
Here are seven ways to start building toward a job that gives you as much as you give it.
Restructure your schedule.
Often, we do our best work when we can control the ebb and flow of our energy throughout the day.
Start by determining when you’re most alert and engaged, whether it’s first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon. Plan to do your highest-impact, most focused tasks during this time. Schedule less onerous tasks for times you have less energy. Alternate tasks that give you a “boost” with tasks that drain you of energy.
Find your passions.
What do you love about your job? Which projects excite you? Which of your skills or abilities do you most enjoy using?
When you identify your passions, you can start to identify ways you can use them on the job, which can improve your day to day experience.
Learning something new can wake up the mind and provide a fresh outlook on work. Look for certifications, classes, conferences and other opportunities to “see past” your current daily grind.
Teaching something is the best way to determine whether you’ve mastered it. It also helps you look at your tasks or skills in a new way as you “break them down” for someone who’s just starting to understand them. Mentoring is a great way to teach what you know, or you can look into teaching community classes or similar options.
Star in a “spin-off.”
Have a great idea for a project you’ve always wanted to run with? Maybe you have an idea for improving efficiency at work, or always wanted to run a blog to share your tips and knowledge with other professionals. Whether you start a work or a side project, your “spin-off” can help you enjoy what you do and find new ways to excel.
Studies show that setting specific intentions helps us achieve goals more easily than simply waiting to feel “motivated.” Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Based. Then, start achieving your intentions!
If work is starting to feel like drudgery, an outside perspective can help you determine whether you need to change your approach or change your employer. Talk to a recruiter to learn how your current job compares to other opportunities available.
At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our recruiters help professionals throughout Edina and Minneapolis connect with companies that will support their efforts to thrive on the job. To learn more, contact us today.