This Valentine’s day fall in love with your work all over again

It’s Valentine’s day, the day we spend with our loved ones, currently, there are men running frantically down Grafton Street with chocolates and flowers in hand.

However, the likelihood of you devoting a whole day to your loved one’s today is unlikely, as it’s midweek and you are working. So, forget the flowers and chocolates and instead, fall in love with your job all over again!

Can you remember your first few months in your new role, it was full of learning, meeting new people and achieving great things (not far from the first few months of a new relationship).

Then one day it begins to get boring, every day seems the same and you’ve lost all motivation for the job. Fear not, there are some paths to finding that love and passion for your current job all over again.

Take a look back
It’s time to look back to the good old days. When were you happiest at work? Obviously, you don’t want to go back to your junior days but try and remember the key parts of the role you once loved and how you could possibly build these into your day to day now.

Maybe it was working with the marketing team on business development or conducting training with the team. Could you do that now? Why not try and incorporate these things into your projects for the year. Going back to basics is sometimes the best solution!

Speak up
So many of us sit in work complaining about how fed up we are, waiting for things to just magically change. If you’re not happy with your current situation it’s time to speak up. Your boss has a million and one things going on. So, instead of expecting them to read your mind, it could be time to start talking.

Remember, there was a time when you loved your role, so going to your boss and being upfront about your feelings is the right thing to do. Tell them where your head is at but ensure them that you’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

Stay open to their opinion on the situation. Propose your dream project, ask for more responsibility, enquire if you can become involved in something new in the company and see where it might take you.

Address those pain points
What are the real chinks in your armour? What do you dread most about your role, maybe it’s the constant, never-ending meetings, is it the time you spend managing your emails, or maybe your just sick of the same old routine?

Some things can be easily addressed, others can be resolved with the help of your team. Perhaps it’s your email time management. Why not investigate a more casual form of communication within your company to help ease the email burden on the whole team.

Could it be as simple as changing your surroundings? It’s easy for things to become mundane after some time so change it up! Sit at a new desk, ask a different colleague out to lunch next Friday or maybe start rearranging your day differently so your 5-year routine becomes a thing of the past.

PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)
It’s not possible to control every aspect of your work life, so control what you can and envisage happiness. Don’t let other colleagues dampen your love for work or bring you down with them. Be happy and end each day on a positive note.

Take your work diary and at the end of each day write one positive from that day. Whether that’s a happy customer, a successful deal or just a well done from your boss. Write it down and embrace the positivity.

The truth is, we spend most of our life at work, so it’s vital we find happiness. Now, we are all adults here and know that work can’t always be rainbows and laughs but making sure the good times outweigh the bad is key.

Bringing it back to all things love and romance as it is Valentine’s day, remember you wouldn’t stay in a relationship if you weren’t happy. Work should be the same!

So, give yourself some time, try out some of the above tips and if you’re still failing to find love for your current role, check out our open jobs in Allen Recruitment.

We make it our mission to match candidates with a job and company you can truly love.

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