Put Some Pumpkin Spice into Your Job
By Giana / November 14, 2016
Sometimes brisk fall breezes and changing leaves can inspire a sense of restlessness and boredom with our daily work. Here are a few ways to spice up your relationship with your job.
When it comes to your work and your daily routine, are you suffering from a case of the seasonal blahs? Are you mourning the end of the summer, your return from vacation, or dreading the dismal commute to a job that no longer lights a fire in your heart? Fall can often push job seekers into a familiar frame of mind: work feels monotonous and everything else—from dreamy window gazing to holiday fun with friends to brisk walks in autumn leaves—can represent a powerful distraction. When you’re chained to your desk, you’d rather be almost anywhere else.
So in order to keep your chin up and stay focused, consider adding a little pumpkin spice to your morning coffee break. And while you’re at it, go ahead and spice up the other 475 minutes of your challenging work day. Keep these tips in mind.
Make a plan.
Nothing shakes off monotony and boredom like a fresh look into the future. If you don’t want to do what you’re doing forever, now may be a perfect time to make a clear, practical, and actionable plan for the next step. Do you intend to keep this job for another year or three? Are you eyeing a promotion? Is there a dream job out there—somewhere outside these walls—with your name on it? Sit down with a pen and paper and start mapping out a step by step plan that can take your from here to there.
Search for open positions.
The fall hiring rush is about to get underway, and managers across a multitude of industries are drafting their job posts and advertising open positions as we speak. Sometimes you don’t know what you want until you see it, so start scrolling and conducting keyword searches for new opportunities that can pull you out of your slump.
Remember why you entered this industry.
If you feel like you’ve lost your passion for this type of work, think back and try to remember how you felt before your spark sputtered out. Chat with an old friend or coworker who can help you recall the excitement you used to feel, or think back over the clients you’ve served, the patients you’ve helped, the children you’ve taught, or the ways your work has improved the world around you.
Have fun in the office.
Feel free to spend a few extra minutes around the coffee machine chatting and clowning with your coworkers. Most people who love their jobs don’t come in every day because of the work itself—they come for the people. They enjoy and appreciate their coworkers and see the best in their bosses and direct reports. So take some time to relax and connect with those around you.
Keep in mind that every job is a temporary job.
Seasons change, and so do careers. At this point in time, most employees remain with the same company for an average of 2.5 years, and then they move on. Polishing your resume and reaching out to potential employers does not represent a contractual agreement, and until you accept an offer, you’re under no obligation to provide notice or share your plans with your current employer. Visit LiveCareer and start looking today. You have nothing to lose!