Is the Honeymoon over? Feeling flummoxed about how to fall in love with your job again? Dreaming about how to get back to that place where your work life really lit your fire? Catch yourself double-clutching your matcha tea listening to this song over and over when your calendar reads Activity Tracking Form Webinar?
(Sigh.) "Can we talk about it?"
We may never rekindle those first-month flames when even the staff meetings were anticipated events. Maybe truly being in love with our jobs or our employers isn't the point. But is it enough to love the idea of working at it?
Remember your mission, and why you said yes to your org in the first place. Realize that your position is so much more critical than it feels on those low days. Here's some tips for rekindling the spark:
1. TAKE A BREAK
Before you give up and think about quitting, use some of your vacation or personal days. Break your routine, and let yourself think. Or not think. Letting the mind go empty is a great way to fill it back it up with sparkly new thoughts.
2. VISUALIZE HAPPINESS
See that picture on your wall with you smiling with others at work? Refocus your attention on what you'd love to be doing with your time and your life? Maybe it's a new job or maybe it's the realization you do love your work, just not how you do it.
3. COMMUNICATE YOUR NEEDS
Never assume your boss knows what you want, and is just a nonprofit misanthrope. Are your unmet needs going unspoken? Tell your boss you want to launch that project you've always kicked around. Or maybe it's one of those sit/stand desks the cool kids have?
4. DON'T LOSE TRACK OF YOUR REAL PURPOSE
Remember that most of what fills your day (Email, meetings, spreadsheets) isn't the real work. Remember what it all adds up to, and find ways to connect with the juiciest, most rewarding parts, like seeing the difference you/your org. made in a client's life. Don't let the day-to-day cloud your true purpose. Keep the main thing, the main thing..
5. CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE
Experiment with the power of a daily practice of gratitude. Begin and end every day with a thought of something good that happened. Why give difficult people power over your emotions?