Your job – very much like a relationship, has a honeymoon period. That wonderful feeling of passion and buzz where you can’t bear to be apart can soon subside into that “warts and all” feeling of comfortableness before the inevitable slump of loathing and indifference.
Not very romantic huh? Well, here are my strategies for keeping that job lurve alive…
Learn something new
The constant feeling that you are moving forward will keep the passion burning. Reignite the fire by learning new aspects of the role. Take a course that will further your current position. For example, if you’re a social media executive, take a simple graphic design course that will expand your marketable talents.
Ask for more
Become stuck in a rut at work? Feel that you have gone as far as you can with it? Ask for more responsibility or volunteer to contribute to a work project. Over time and hopefully, after you have proven your amazing capabilities, you may be in a better position for a cheeky little salary upgrade.
Change your mindset
It’s relatively common to get pissed off at your workload, your boss, your colleagues….It is worth re-evaluating what you feel should be grateful for i.e. “the money’s shit, but I love being there and the boss is nice…..”
Wine and dine
Sometimes prolonged stress and tension in any relationship needs a little pressure release – this is also true of work and the relationships you hold with your colleagues. Try organising a date for you and your colleagues to hang out, you will find that an out of office scenario brings people closer together.
If you’ve tried all you can and it’s still not working – just move on. You have to be at your work for such a huge percentage of your precious life, it’s not worth daily anxiety and dread. Don’t force it and move on. There are plenty more fish in the sea, right?
Thanks for reading – just to finish off, here are 3 of my favourite chat up lines (probably best to keep these away from work, ya know HR and all that…….):
- Hey, are your parents beavers? Cuz DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
- Are you a photographer? I can picture us together….
- You’re on my “to do” list…
Okay, okay..I’ll stop.