By Fiona Clark, Career and Confidence Coach, Inspired Mums
It’s official – January 15th, otherwise known as Blue Monday, is the most depressing day of the year. So if like many of us, you’ve returned to your desk after the Christmas Break feeling down in the dumps you’re certainly not alone. It’s entirely normal to struggle to get back into work mode after the excitement and excess of the festive season. But, if you’re still suffering from the January blues in the middle of February it might be a sign of a more deep-rooted problem with work.
So whether you’re feeling bored and demotivated or frustrated and unchallenged in your current role, follow career and confidence coach Fiona Clark’s expert advice on how to rediscover your career mojo and put the ‘zing’ back into your working life.
- Rediscover what truly makes you tick
The longer you’re in a role, the easier it is to lose sight of what motivates you. So take the time to reconnect with what makes you tick. Put pen to paper and write down a list of the things that fulfil you – think about your best days at work to get the ideas flowing. Then consider ways to tweak your role to include new tasks or responsibilities that might boost your motivation at work. Be proactive and have an honest conversation with your manager about what motivates you and how they could help you feel even more fulfilled at work.
- Step out of your comfort zone
It can be very tempting to stay in your comfort zone – after all it’s called a comfort zone for a reason – it’s the space where we feel relaxed and safe. However, we all perform best when we move into our stretch zone. So follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice and “Do something every day that scares you”. Now I’m not suggesting you parachute out of a plane (although if this is on your bucket list – go for it!), instead try taking small steps to challenge yourself. This could be agreeing to talk at a conference, attend a networking event or go on a training course. By finding new opportunities to try something new, you will reap the rewards of greater confidence and improved performance.
- Seek out inspiration
A powerful way to rediscover your career mojo is to find inspiration from the people around you. This could be asking someone you admire at work to be your mentor or attending industry events with influential speakers sharing best practice. Try to dedicate some time each week to reading about the latest industry trends, watching some great TED talks or visiting the Inspired Mums website for inspiring stories of women who have gained a greater sense of fulfilment in their life.
- Focus on the positives
As humans we are disproportionately more likely to focus on the negatives than the positives. So one of the key ways to motivate yourself is to adopt a glass half full approach to your working life. Make a list of all the good things that work gives you – examples could be a sense of fulfilment, intellectual stimulation, a social circle or financial security. By developing a positive mind-set in this way, you’re more likely to appreciate the benefits of working.
- Take a deep breath and be brave
Finally, if despite all your best efforts, you still feel bored or unhappy at work, it may be necessary to take the plunge and start looking for a new job. Embarking on a new job search can be a daunting prospect, so be brave, work out a new direction, do your research and take concrete steps towards your goal. Keep reminding yourself that you are taking the first step towards a new and exciting chapter of your working life. Remember as Steve Jobs wisely said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
If you would like a free consultation with Fiona to talk about how she can help you understand more about what motivates you at work, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07789 597209 or visit www.inspiredmums.co.uk
Looking for more career & confidence advice? Download Inspired Mums’ free e-book, “For mums stuck in a career rut – 8 steps to finding work you love” on their website.