It’s not always easy to love your job. When your boss has been screaming in your direction for the past half an hour, your lunch turned out soggy, your colleagues are driving you up the wall and you’ve been craving a cup of decent coffee for the past 6 months – it can be extremely difficult to love your job.
But somewhere out there, some strange individuals actually do enjoy their role, and are incredibly passionate about the work they do and the cause they’re striving towards.
So how can you learn to love your job? If quitting isn’t an option, emigrating is impossible and you’ve already signed away the next year of your life so a job, how do you find your groove and fall in love with work again?
Find out why you fell out of love with it in the first place
Did you take on a new responsibility, or clash with a new colleague? When did your job start becoming a chore rather than something you looked forward to?
For many people, a new manager, office or branch can unsettle a working team, and make them feel unfamiliar with their existing role in a company. Perhaps it might be worth looking back over your calendar or work diary, and finding out if there was a particular incident or development that made you change your mind about your workplace.
Getting to the root of why you’re not motivated could help you to understand how to make the next steps up again.
Take a look at your job from an external perspective
Try an exercise where you describe your job and your responsibilities to another people who knows nothing about your industry.
This can be spoken to a partner, friend or even written down in a notebook if you feel more comfortable, but make sure to include everything you typically do in an average day. Talk about the people, the working environment, the facilities and the expectations of you in your workplace, and then look back at how it makes you feel.
If your description of your role was a job advert, would you apply? Sometimes this exercise can lead people to take a step and realise the positive elements of their job that they perhaps don’t get enough time to enjoy. Other times, it can lead people to reveal the negative elements of their job that are currently taking over, and work on some ideas of how to fix them.
Re-imagine your goals
What goals do you want to achieve from this job? Which skills do you want to pick up? Would you like be a manager one day? A senior creative? A CEO? How much would you like to learn from your current role, and how fast can you learn it?
Making a list of goals you wish to achieve from your job can help you to re-evaluate your place in the company, and put you in a clearer frame of mind for your purpose.
If you want to learn managerial practises, this is the time to speak to a superior about leading a project. If you want to train with a new skill, this is the time to start advocating for training courses.
Making your own purpose clear could really change how you view your day-to-day action, and see them in the long-term, rather than the short.
Make friends at work
One of the biggest isolating factors for anyone in a busy workplace is a lack of casual communication. Work friends are more than just people you turn to when the printer breaks, or you have a difficult customer.
These are people you see every day, and the more you can engage with them, the better working environment you will develop. Perhaps these people share your concerns about the company, and can help you to make some changes to your role.
They might be able to listen to your worries, and help you to feel more positive and sociable at work, giving you a reason for heading in every morning. Make a colleague a cup of coffee, or send them a casual friendly message and take it from there.
Change your attitude to the job
Sometimes, unfortunately, work just gets us down and we let it. We lose faith in our roles and responsibilities and everything just becomes dull. So maybe it’s time to change up your attitude to the job.
Start earlier and leave later. Bring in a great lunch to keep you energised throughout the day. Make moves to tailor your job to include the elements that you like and really focus on hitting your targets.
There’s nothing to lose from making some positive adjustments to your mental attitude at work, but there could be everything to lose from letting your work slip.
Speak to your boss
Chances are your boss may have noticed the change in your behaviour, but might have been waiting for you to approach them. So take the next chance you have, and express your concerns in a polite and professional manner.
Explain why you’re feeling so disengaged with your role, and create ways for it to be improved. They might be able to offer you particular solutions to your problems that you might not have thought of alone – such as moving desks, changing routines, switching roles and offloading responsibilities.
They won’t be able to help unless you make them aware of the problem, so bring up your worries and they might just find the answer.
Work on loving yourself
Self-love and internal body positivity may seem like just an Instagrammable trend right now, but the sentiment behind it rings true. Perhaps your disengagement with work comes from a disengagement with yourself, or your lack of self-confidence.
A harsh rejection, personal struggles or a knock to your confidence might have been the first push towards your lack of love for your job, so now it’s time to amend that. Work on a few confidence boosting exercises, focus on self-care, and speak to someone you trust about how you’re feeling.
Making yourself feel better in general will have a big impact on how you feel about your job, and stop you from taking your personal frustrations out in your professional career.
Your job is a huge part of your life, and feeling unhappy in it can have a huge impact on your personal self. So take the time to understand your feelings about it, and to make the most out of the opportunity you’ve been given before calling time on the role.
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