Just like in real relationships, the beginning of love is always the best. It’s the start of something new and exciting, and everything is fresh and invigorating. In a new job, you go forth with all your energy, and think to yourself, “I love my new job. This is going to be great!” Then months pass and like the love we build with our significant other it can start to wane after a while. What we once thought was exciting and new has turned drab and boring. The tasks we once put so much energy into, we start to put minimal energy into because our energy seems to have drained from the lack of new stimuli. It isn’t that you now hate your job, but you’re somewhere in the middle. Before deciding to have a major breakup with your job, consider taking the steps necessary to fall back in love with your job. Rekindle the love that you had with your job at the very beginning.
The first thing you want to do is think about what it is that is making you unhappy with your job at the moment. It could be boredom, the absence of long awaited promotion, a new coworker rubbing you the wrong way or simply feeling unappreciated. Find exactly what it is that’s making you dread coming to work every day and start coming up with ways to solve the problem.
Remind yourself of what it is about this job that you loved so much in the beginning. Think about the qualities this job has that made you want to take it. Remind yourself of all the great things this job has to offer that you have now taken for granted and you’ll find yourself feeling more motivated. Also, write down the aspirations and goals you have for this job. If you haven’t been promoted or haven’t been able to have that stellar presentation, write those down as goals and now you have motivation to keep working.
It could be that this lack of love has left you feeling frustrated, bored and unmotivated. You need to stop thinking about the negatives. Every morning, come into work with a positive attitude and a smile and you’ll see what a difference that will make. Eat a good healthy breakfast and get enough sleep. Start your mornings with something to get you going like your favorite drink at the local coffee shop or a morning jog. Once you get the good vibes flowing, start making good use of all that positive energy. Become more proactive in the workplace. Taking initiative like you once did can really get the ball rolling again.
Reach out to your coworkers by escaping the confines of your cubicle and start to collaborate and brainstorm with them on ways to improve on tasks and skills. Put in that 110 percent effort you put into your work at the start of your job. Soon you’ll be feeling re-energized and newly motivated. Most importantly, you’ll be back in love with your job again without even realizing it.