Ah it's been a pretty good summer right? Not quite the back to back heatwaves that we got last year, but I'd say we've seen our fair share of blue skies and sunshine.
But summertime can also be a bit hectic. Whether it’s wrangling the kids whilst they’re off school, visiting friends and family, organising holidays or attending spontaneous BBQ’S, there’s plenty of distractions that can lead us a bit off track when it comes to our careers or businesses.
So now that September is approaching and we're heading back to work and getting the kids ready for a new school term, it’s a great time to reflect on what you really want. There’s a general ‘new term’ energy buzzing around at this time of year, and you can tap into that to move your plans forward. But what are they?:
Do you want to go for that promotion?
Start building your network?
Focus on your personal development and learning?
Switch to a new career path?
Start a side business?
However there’s no need to rush. If you’re not 100% happy with your current career situation, it’s worth spending some time getting to the root of the problem first and figuring out what you really want from your life and career, so that your next move is the RIGHT move.
In the meantime, here are 3 tips for making your current role a bit more bearable:
Think about the tasks you do in your job day to day, and see if you can re-order them. Either do your favourite tasks first and start the day on a high, or leave them until the end of the day as a reward.
Try to remember the good things about your job. Imagine that someone was applying for your role and you had to write a job description for them. Think about the 3 best things about it and write them down. Does it give you opportunities to learn new skills? Be creative? Does it offer variety? A chance to meet new people? To mentor younger or new staff members of staff? Cultivating a sense of gratitude and appreciation has been studied in universities and found to be associated with increased life satisfaction, increased happiness and more positive emotions.
Our work relationships meet an important emotional need in us, so try to prioritise face to face time with colleagues who you enjoy working with most. Arrange in person meetings with them, or lunch dates, or actually get up and go over to their desks when you need to talk them. Colleagues who you don’t get on so well with? Try and limit your face to face time by communicating more often by email or text.
Give those tips a try and see if they help to change the way you view your current job. I’d love to hear how you get on so comment below and let me know!
p.s If you want to learn more about how to improve your work relationships, and feel more connected and engaged with your team, then join me on 28th August at 1pm for an online lunchtime workshop. This interactive workshop is just 45mins and will teach you:
Why are relationships relevant to our work?
Factors that improve our relationships
The importance of ‘vital friends’ and the different roles they play in your career and life
How they can improve your engagement in the workplace
How our emotions affect others
Positive leadership and teamwork
We kick off at 1pm and I would love you to join us live so that you have the opportunity to connect with like minded people, learn and practice new strategies, ask questions, get unstuck and come away feeling re-charged, motivated and focused!
However if you can't make it live, don't worry as you will be sent a replay to watch in your own time. If you'd like to sign up for just £27, then click here and scroll down to find the Paypal button. Hope to see you there!