How To: Love Your Job with Some Small Changes
Loving your job isn’t always easy. Doing the same things over and over can get boring and tedious. Sometimes it can be hard to think of ways to fall back in love with your role, leaving you to wonder what else might be out there.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to embrace the job you have, and even increase your overall happiness.
Focus on what you like
There’s a lot to be said for positive thinking. Make a list of all the things you do like about your job, whether it’s your colleagues, particular kinds of assignment, employee discounts, the location, or even just the pay. Keep these in mind, and the next time you feel like being negative look at the list and remind yourself of all the positives.
By the same token, complaining begets complaining. Try to avoid doing it yourself, or listening to your colleagues grumbling. You’ll end up looking for more things to complain about when you should be spending that time and energy on something else.
Play to your strengths
Think about all the skills you have, and consider how many you’re using at work. Are all of your professional talents being employed? If not, speak to your manager and see if together you can find ways to make use of all of your strengths. Doing something you’re good at and enjoy will improve how you feel about your overall role.
Sign up for professional development
Many people start to hate their job because they feel they’ve become obsolete or have no chance of moving into a higher position. The last thing anyone wants is to be left behind. Keeping up to date with developments in your industry can help you get more desirable assignments, or may even inspire you to come up with some of your own.
Speak with your manager about any development opportunities you come across. RICS offers plenty of training courses to help you in your career.
Get rid of the clutter
Having a pleasant workspace can improve your mood and make you more productive. Take some time each week to clean out your drawers, clear your desk and organise your inbox. The act of getting rid of things can be empowering as it forces you to examine what’s important and what isn’t. It can also act as a reminder of how much you’ve accomplished when you can finally recycle all the paperwork for a completed project.
Saying hello to your colleagues each morning is a simple way to start making friends in the office and gives you something to look forward to. It’s easy enough to introduce yourself to people you see around the office: strike up a conversation, and before you know it you may have a new lunch buddy, or find someone who can help you with that difficult project.
Change your routine
It can be easy to get stuck in a rut at work if you’re constantly doing the same things the same way. Try experimenting with a new approach – even doing things in a different order can make you more engaged. Pick out the tasks you enjoy and figure out why, and see if you can adjust your other assignments to work on them in a similar way. Changing things will keep you engaged and help prevent you from succumbing to boredom.
Volunteer for new duties
While you’re changing the ways you do the same old tasks, do also put yourself forward for new ones. Consider taking a risk by doing something you normally wouldn’t: think of it as an opportunity to gain new skills, or sharpen old ones. As you succeed, you’ll feel even more confident when the next opportunity comes along.