In your entire employment experience, you often meet people who in some ways become part of your life. You become close to them. You cherish each other’s company. You share each other’s grievances about work.Then one day you just realized that one by one, these people are no longer around. They had moved out of the company. At first, you make fun of it and enjoy the farewell parties as if these are fiestas. But as the loud music from the Videoke and the enchantment of alcohol slowly subsided, you’d also think “why am I still here?” You’d feel a bit jealous of the excitement of your friends’ new journey.
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Then it’d make you think of all the worst of things about your present job. You lose your “appetite” towards your current work. While you focus on updating your CVs and sending them out to prospect employers, you become less productive. You become grumpy. You lose your cool.
Looking for greener pastures outside the company is inevitable. It’s your backup, if all else fails. But it shouldn’t make you less productive in your current work. You spend at least 33.33% of your day at work. What you do and feel in your entire 8-hour job becomes your habit.
Here are some of the things you could try to reignite your excitement to go to work:
1. Do other healthy activities outside of work. Even if you enjoy what you do at work, there are times when out of internal and external pressures, you’d get burned out. Even machines sometimes need some cooling down to crank it up again. If your passion is biking, then take time to ride your bike. If you skip doing what you enjoy outside of work because you were too busy, then one day you might realize you were too old to do all the activities you once loved doing. Use the 66.67% of your time on healthy non-work related activities to have a work-life balance.
2. Have “me-time”. If it seemed impossible, with your friends and family members around, then go somewhere else for a while. For the religious, this is a good time to pray. It is also a good time to evaluate your life. How have you gone so far? To be aware of your achievements and the abundance of your life is to reaffirm the value of your own hard work. It’s a simple congratulatory pat on your shoulder. Don’t wait for other people to come to you and say “you’re doing great!” How can you do better next time? Even if you transfer from one company to another, if you keep your old energy-sucking unproductive habits, then you’re not doing any favor for the company and even for yourself. Spend some time to reconnect with yourself, to ask where you’re at and where you truly want to be.
3. Every once in a while, try to do something different or something crazy. It’s one way of exploring your possible hidden gifts. If it doesn’t feel right after a few tries, then move on to another. Crazy things don’t have to be illegal or destructive. It could be something you never thought of doing, something that you’ve been refusing to do what other people asked you to do. Normally when someone invites an adult, the usual responses include “Why? Where are we going? Who’s going to drive us? What’s in it for me?” We rationalize too much. We anticipate a lot of possible problems. When we fail to come up with all the answers, we end up doing nothing. When you ask a child “let’s go out?” They would say “yey!” Oftentimes, they end up having so many discoveries and adventures. Sometimes, we also need to tap into that inner child to enjoy more with any opportunity.
Each person is hardwired in many different ways. The above items may not have the same effect on everyone. Whatever works for you, stick with it. The most important thing is that you become productive with what you do, without draining all the energy that you lose the excitement and fun side of things.
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