Wow what an amazing summer this has been. I really hope you got a chance to slow down for a bit and just make the most of the incredible weather.
But summers 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 most of us are back at work and the kids are back at school, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 hit reply and let me know!
p.s If you are still feeling frustrated, stuck and confused about what to do next in your career, then I can help. I've got a few new coaching slots opening up this autumn so get in touch if you’d like to book a 60min introductory coaching session.