How to rekindle love and passion for your job
You may occasionally think that the excitement you once had for it has started to disappear. Perhaps you were once more ambitious and motivated in your job, and now it’s just not the same. All jobs have their mundane sides to them – you can’t really escape that element of work. However, there are things you can do to help rekindle the love you once had for your job. It may not be quite the time to give up and start looking for something new just yet…
What do you want to achieve in the future?
Perhaps you’ve lost sight of what you want career-wise in the longer term. What did you want when you first joined the company? Did you have a five-year plan, or even a two-year strategy? Think about what may have gotten in the way – and consider if you are on the right track to achieving your long term goal, do you need to change your plan up a bit? Nothing is set in stone, and if you’re feeling unsatisfied with your role or even your career, change it. It could be the best thing you’ve ever done. Learn new skills and branch out your network to get started.
Keep a feedback folder
It’s a good idea to keep a feedback folder in your inbox of all the emails where you received positive feedback. If the feedback wasn’t via email – write a note to yourself about it and stick it in the folder. Looking at this from time to time is not only a real mood-booster for when you’re feeling a bit lost in your job – it also serves as a reminder that you do good work. It’s really helpful when you have an annual review; you can go back through this folder and pick out bits of feedback to include. Sometimes the reason why we start to dislike our jobs is because we don’t feel valued. Make this folder and remember – only positive stuff is allowed.
You may have reached the stage where you’re too smart for your job. Perhaps it’s time to start learning something new. Even if it’s not on your original career plan (if you have one) take the plunge and look at some online courses or networking events. Your company might even pay for it if it’s relevant to your job. It could be the career opportunity you’ve always needed.
Lacking guidance? Get some!
Don’t wait through the whole year for your annual performance review to get some clarification on the direction of your role. Speak with someone who may be able to help change up the course of your job – or create one if you’re lacking guidance that you need. For all you know, they were hoping someone would step forward to take on more responsibilities anyway.
You could be the problem
It’s worth having a look at what the cause of the problem is. If you’ve turned down or hidden away from prospective opportunities in your career because of a fear of change or uncertainty, you could be the reason why you feel this way. If it’s a fear that you’re not good enough for advancement, get to doing what makes you good enough. If on paper you have all of the skills and experience for a step up, it could be your own confidence (or lack of) that’s holding you back.
Look at other job descriptions
I’m not saying you should look for another job – but take a look at other job descriptions where you do the same or a similar role. Are there things on those job descriptions that you want to start pursuing? Does the entire job description make you feel excited about doing that job? If not, why not?
Sometimes it’s hard to admit why we no longer like our jobs – it could be for a reason you don’t find to be a valid one, such as the people you work with or the hours and the commute. However these are all legitimate reasons that when all added up can equal an unmotivated employee. Perhaps you can work more flexibly which could help you get your motivation back. You’re going to need to be proactive and take the initiative to get something moving. At the end of your work day, make a note or two on things that you enjoyed doing and things that you didn’t. Be honest when you make this list and make sure only you can see it. After a few weeks you may see a pattern in your behaviour that gets to the root of the problem. No matter how petty you may think the problems are, they still mean a lot to you.
Have a break from it
We all need time away from our jobs every now and then. Just having a day off at home can be great but maybe you need a proper holiday away from everything. It doesn’t need to be super expensive and last for four weeks – it just has to be enough to get your batteries recharged.
Delegate your work
If there’s work you hate doing in your job, ask someone else to do it. Chances are if they don’t hate it as much as you do then they’re likely to do a better job on it anyway and get it done a lot quicker.
If all else fails…
Look elsewhere. There’s only so much you can do before you can’t carry on in your current job. Only take this option if you really have exhausted all of these other points. It’s a shame, but if your gut is telling you that enough is enough, then it’s time to pack it in and move on. If you’re still unsure, read my article here on when you should break up with your job.
If you’ve been in your job for a long time it can be the natural thing to become disengaged with it. Sometimes that can be a good thing for when it comes to managing your personal life and your work life. But if you want to progress in your career and try new things, being unmotivated and having no passion for what you do will leave you stuck in a rut.