Approximately 1/3 of our life is spent at work.
So it’s normal to lose interest or feel stuck in a rut sometimes. What’s important is how you respond when you notice this happening to yourself. Here’s how we would deal with feeling like you’ve left the ‘honeymoon’ phase of your job and need some extra help.
Ask yourself ‘why’
A fairly easy and obvious step, but an extremely important one. Why do you suddenly hate your job? Has this been brewing for a while or is it new? Is it a specific part of your job, or the role as a whole?
Answering these questions will set you up to decide what actions you need to take and help you visualise what would make you feel happy and fulfilled at work.
Set (or reevaluate) your goals
Long-term and short-term goals are a great way to keep on top of where you want to be and why you are doing something. But sometimes, our priorities can change and so our goals need to change with them.
Analyse your environment
The circumstances we work under have a massive impact on how we feel about a job. Poor company culture or work-life balance can make you feel unhappy even in a role that you love.
Notice if changes in the way you are working or who you are working around affect how you feel about your day and take action based on this.
- Make a self-audit of tasks and responsibilities that you enjoy.
- Regularly review and celebrate your accomplishments, big or small.
- Invest in colleagues who are engaged in their work – mindsets can be contagious.
- Focus on the negatives without looking for a solution.
- Assume this is it. You are in control and can make changes to things that don’t make you happy.