Your job is where you spend most of your time, so you have to find a way to make it your own and enjoy it. If not, you’ll spend most of your life feeling unfulfilled.
Here are a few key things to consider:
Do something you love
Don’t just settle for any job. Find a position and company in which you can truly thrive. Choose an industry you’re interested in or passionate about. Remember that you have options, and it’s never too late to explore them.
Work on a long-term goal
If you don’t have one yet, think about creating one. Work towards something bigger than the day-to-day. This could be a personal project or a professional plan. Consider studying towards a promotion or even a different career via distance learning courses such as tourism or business management.
Read: Why Studying Part-Time is Good for Your Career
Find a balance
It’s vital to have a healthy work-life balance. Your life shouldn’t be consumed by your day job. Family, friends, hobbies and exercise are also important and shouldn’t be neglected. Take breaks and don’t overwork yourself. If you do, you’ll feel consistently tired or stressed.
Don’t isolate yourself
Get to know your colleagues. They don’t have to become your close friends, but it’s important to get out of your shell a bit. Otherwise your work environment can be cold and awkward. Show an interest in your co-workers’ interests, ask how they are and learn to laugh with them. It makes all the difference to the energy of the workplace, which can make all the difference to your energy.
Volunteer to head up a project at your workplace. Make it something that you’d like to learn more about, care about and could enjoy. This can be rewarding if you really make it your own. It can also expand your skill set and improve your chances of progressing in your company. By accepting some responsibility, you demonstrate leadership.
Avoid office politics
Don’t involve yourself in office drama or the agendas of other people. More importantly, don’t step on others or take advantage of co-workers or subordinates. Remember that the way you treat others will come back to you. So treat people with fairness and respect, do good work and surround yourself with positive energy.
Doing all this, and you’re still unhappy?
Then perhaps it’s time to leave and find your joy elsewhere. Maybe it’s a toxic environment, maybe there’s a glass ceiling, maybe it’s just not the right environment for you. It happens. While you should try to find joy in your job, some workplaces can confine your ambition and limit your opportunities. What then?
Consider switching careers
You have the option of finding another job or starting your own business. Explore your possibilities and look for something you can truly engage with, rather than settling. One way or another, live your best life.
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