Feel like you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling? You’re not alone. Many people have a honeymoon period in the beginning when excitement abounds because everything is new and they feel inspired by new challenges but often that wanes over time. It’s possible, with intention, to get back to feeling the love for your current role. Here are some tips to right the ship.
Make time for what you love – Often we get bogged down by the demands and stressors and do not make time to do the things that inspire us. It’s easy to have tunnel visions when deadlines loom or you’re feeling the pressure of being short staffed or overextended. But if you make time every day to spend time doing the things you love about your job you will feel energized and renewed. Like marketing? – take a morning each week to do some offsite marketing. Love decorating? – go stage a mini model! Like to tinker? – build something. Love resident retention? – find small ways to delight a resident! A cupcake or balloon on a resident’s door with a handwritten note will make their day and their happiness might be just what you need to feel you are making a difference.
Get out of your own head – When we are feeling stressed or unhappy, it is natural to ruminate on the negative and forget all the reasons we loved our job in the beginning. Take 3 minutes each day (morning commutes are great for this because you set your mind on positivity) to ponder 3-5 small things that went well the day before or how you are making a difference.
Expand your horizons– Sometimes we’ve been in our role so long we become bored or complacent. The quickest way to douse burnout is to volunteer for special projects, mentor new employees, or diversify your current role. This will add new stimulation and excitement to your career and likely open up opportunities to shine!
Speak up– More often than not workplace stress is rooted in interpersonal issues or not getting what we need to do our jobs well. If it’s resources you need, don’t be afraid to ask. And if you’ve asked and are not getting them, find creative ways to solve your issue. Same goes for the coworker who regularly annoys you. Rather than complaining, speak to them openly about your frustrations with the goal of airing your grievances and starting fresh. The more we harbor resentment without speaking up the more it eats away at our workplace happiness.
Control what you can control – every job has stressors or negative attributes. But remember, if you left your job today you would likely find things about your new job you didn’t like. Be intentional about positivity, infusing passion into your day, making a difference, and letting go of what you can’t change. With these simple steps you should be able to reinvigorate your career and love what you do!