It happens to the best of us. After tirelessly working for long stretches of time, we sometimes find ourselves burnt out, disengaged, and ready to call it quits. Yes, we’ve all been there, but how many of us do something about it? At the end of the day, quitting doesn’t do much to solve the root of the problem.
At WorkSimple, we’re all about taking control of your career goals so that you have a better work — and ultimately, life — experience. So, we’ve come up with four ways to prevent career fatigue and get yourself on the track to job (and personal) satisfaction.
1. Switch up your routine
When we do something repeatedly we’re bound to get a little bored, right? Why not switch up your routine and find new ways to do things? For instance, if you’re used to doing tasks in a certain order (and they are not time-sensitive), change things up. Getting out of your workplace and taking a walk can also help free up your mind. You can even talk to your boss about expanding your role. The bottom line here is to give your mind something new to work with so your career doesn’t get stalled in the process. When you do this, you revive the way you perform your job because you’re not doing the same thing over and over.
2. Track what you’ve done
Sometimes we get bored or tired and can’t remember all the good we’ve achieved. Do yourself a favor and start tracking your accomplishments, get some real-time feedback, and start taking control of your career and your career goals. When you remember what an asset you are to your company, and see all the work you’ve achieved, you’ll probably have a moment where you step back and say, “Wow, I’ve achieved a lot.” When this happens, you’ll feel more connected to your role again and can move forward with that notion in mind.
3. Make lateral moves
Maybe you don’t want to be a manager or have leadership position, but you do want to take on more responsibility. That’s where a lateral move comes in. Typically, lateral moves give you more challenges, and can therefore alleviate any career fatigue you may be feeling.
So, say you are in sales, but you’d really like to take a stab at marketing. After learning more about the role and preparing yourself, you can move “sideways” instead of moving up in your current role. This lets you work in a new space without leaving your current company, which is particularly beneficial if you are happy with the organization, but not your job title.
4. Single out an interest (even if you have many)
It’s great to have a lot of interests and skills. However, when we already have a lot on our plates, getting pulled in a million different directions doesn’t help our cause. If possible, single out an interest or skill and focus your work on that.
For example, if you have a heavy interest in event planning, but it’s often clouded by all the ads you have to create, marketing collateral you build, and social networking you participate in, your actual interest gets lost. Obviously, it’s great to have expertise in multiple things, but your highest priority should be the one that doesn’t make you bang your head against the wall. Plus, you’ll be happier because you’re working in a space that not only challenges you, but also gives you fulfillment, which is the end-goal in this situation.
What do you think? What are some other ways to stop your career from stalling?