Have you been feeling like the walking dead when you go to work? Do you saunter out of bed, drag yourself through the workday, and lumber home afterward, your brain on autopilot practically the whole time?
If this sounds familiar to you, then you are probably suffering from job burnout (or at least a lack of inspiration)!
Job burnout goes hand-in-hand with feeling like you’re in a rut. One leads to another, and as with health issues, prevention is the best strategy. It is certainly easy to feel like a hamster on a wheel when you maintain the same basic routine day in and day out, project after project and don’t see any progress.
Well then, it’s time to shake things up a bit. Start by looking around you. What can you change about your daily work habits? Are there better processes you can employ while at work? Can you perhaps inject some creativity into what you do?
Next, it is advisable to take stock in yourself and your talents. We often lose sight of how valuable we are to an organization and as a person. We have to look out for ourselves and do special things for ourselves sometimes.
If you still feel as if you’re drained and can no longer muster much enthusiasm for your work or extracurricular activities, then you will need to sharply judge how you spend your time each day.
Do you find yourself participating in too many activities after work? Do you volunteer at your child’s school for a few hours every day, let alone donate your time and talents to other worthy organizations? Perhaps in order to put that spark in your work life once more, you should curtail a bit of the time you donate to others.
Now I am not saying that it is bad to volunteer at all! I am simply stating that perhaps you should take a step back and see if you can scale back a few extracurricular activities so that you feel more satisfied and inspired at your job. After you scale back any and all unnecessary activities, take the time to make a list of to-dos to help you stay on the right track. You’ll find that your passion and enthusiasm about your job should be renewed after employing all these strategies.
So remember, you have a right to follow your joys. Say “yes” to yourself more often and you’ll be out of a rut, avoid burnout, and be refreshed in your work attitude!
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