Mondayitis may not be a proper medical condition, but if you suffer from it severely, it is a strong indication you’re in need of a professional check-up. I’m not referring to a visit to the doctor’s office – I mean checking in on your professional life and why you struggle to drag yourself to work each day.
Changing jobs can often inject that much needed invigoration of passion and interest, but what do you do if it’s your career that dissatisfies you? You worked hard to get an education in your field. What else is out there for you?
Career dissatisfaction is a common problem and many people don’t how to improve their situation. It can be a major motivational killer, which can trickle into other parts of life. You can end up coming home each day grumpy and lacking the energy to do anything but watch TV.
Whether you dislike your job or need a career change, there are things you can do to enable you to keeping moving through your low points.
• Focus on the rest of your life – your hobbies, your passions, your playtime. This may seem an obvious method, but the trick is to REALLY focus. This means leaving work at work and controlling your thoughts to hone in on enjoying your evening and weekend activities with friends, family, and pets. Focus on the positive aspects of your life and enjoy how they make you feel. Consciously, stop negative thoughts about work during these times.
• Build your personal brand – don’t wait until you have to apply for another job. Update your resume, refine your Linkedin profile, as you never know if and when you’ll meet an opportunity.
• Focus on your strengths – give credit to yourself and celebrate the things you are good at. It is easy to get into a vicious cycle of negative thinking. Because you lack motivation – it’s likely you underperform and this adds to that cycle. Write down your strengths and the highlights of your career to date. This may help you identify where you can steer your career. It may just help you snap out of that negative cycle and boost your mood and motivation again!
• Think about the things you enjoy in your job – which parts do you like best? Again, this can simply help bring you out of your habit of negative thinking, but it can also reveal hints of where you can take your career next. Is there a niche within your current role you can move into? Can you do more of the parts you like? If you like making a difference to other people’s lives, how can you best take advantage of that?
• Brainstorm your options – don’t just think about it, write it down. Exhaust all of your options by writing them down. It may be to stay in your job and re-focus it. It may be to re-train in your area of expertise. It may be to change careers. Write down 10 or more career options based on your strengths and the things you enjoy doing.
• Take action – you can’t improve your professional life without doing something about it. What is one thing you can do this week, and each week, to move you towards your improved mindset, new job, or new career?
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