How to fall in love with your work-life again

Our relations are what make our life; the one with ourselves, family, friends, kids, and all those important to us. But, in the middle of all this we often end up ignoring one of the most critical relationships; the one we share with our job, our professional life.

It’s true that relationships are a lot of work. You have to devote time, do things for each other, express your love towards those you care about. And we do that, don’t we, to preserve harmony in our relations. But, we need to ask, how often do we really spend time to save our relationship with job. I suppose, rarely! It’s surprising, isn’t it? Considering our entire financial freedom is dependent upon it.

If you have reached that stage in your job, where you have started contemplating joining some other company, you might want to pause and reconsider. May be the problem isn’t the job after all. Perhaps it’s something else entirely. Your attitude towards it, perhaps? Just remind yourself, that may be all you need is try a little harder to make things work, instead of quitting it just yet.

Reasons why we fall out of love with our work life

  1. The newness at work is fading away — It’s only natural that after a certain point of time, monotony at work will hit you. Even the most fun and interesting jobs have moments when things feel plain dull. Initially, it’s all unicorns and rainbows and your learning curve is really steep. But after a few months, that curve begins to go down and learning seems sluggish. You’re just repeating the same old stuff every single day. Retaining that freshness in work and looking for something new feels like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Here’s what I suggest

Start the day at your office as if it was the very first day of your job. Try to relive those joyous moments when you were hired. Those moments of triumph and how everything felt brand new. The way it felt like a fresh start. A brand new love affair. Imagine the goodness of the honeymoon period of your job, and look for ways to bring that newness back into work.

Do not start off the day with the thought, ‘I can’t believe I have to suffer through another day at work’. Recall how receptive you were to everything when the job had started. Try working with the same mindset once again. That alone will suffice to make you fall in love with your job all over again.

Look for ways to rekindle that passion for learning
As discussed earlier, everyone goes through a phase where learning seems to have come to halt. That’s when we descend into monotony. Look for the areas where you can learn new things. Don’t just settle with what you already know. That’s the only way to kill monotony at work. Be ready to explore new areas. Challenge yourself. What are the unchartered territories that you haven’t explored yet. What aspects of your job are you still unfamiliar with? It’s all about your willingness for embracing growth. When you really want it, everything can teach you something. Otherwise, even the most rewarding job will fail to make you grow and learn.

Tell your boss that you want to take on new responsibilities and discuss ways how you can do that. No one can read you mind about what you want, so you are going to have to express your willingness for taking on new responsibilities. People are busy in their own worlds, so you will have to make yourself heard.

Come to the terms with the fact that perfect job is an illusion
We look at Hollywood stars and think how lucky they are to be living that life. Everybody is in all awe of it. But, unless you have actually lived that life, you cannot really know for sure just how much work being a celebrity is.

No job is easy, or at least no job is perfect. Perfection is nothing but really an illusion. So, instead of waiting for that best job opportunity to come knocking at your door, take what you have and turn it into best. Otherwise, if you continue to wait for that perfect job, you might end-up waiting for an eternity.

And with these simple steps you can eventually fall in love with your work-life, again!

Originally published at www.linkedin.com.

Chief Marketing Officer@ProofHub. Featured writer on LinkedIn. Contributor at Elearning Industry, Dzone, Your Story and Business.com.

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