You had a vision for your career. But now, you’re barely making it through the day. You’re tired, bored, and unmotivated to do more than the bare minimum. What can you do to get your spark back and get your career on track? Here are some tips and tricks to help you.
Plan each day.
If you’re running out of steam mid-day, it could be due to issues with prioritization or taking on too much. Avoid this by making a list of your tasks the evening before and putting them in order of importance. Be realistic about how much you can achieve in a single day. If you set goals that are not achievable or put too much on your plate every day, this can lead to exhaustion and a lack of motivation.
If you’re not engaged with your job, then ask yourself what you’re doing to impact others. For instance, are you helping your boss or colleagues succeed? Are you having a positive impact on customers or the community? Are you able to contribute financially in important ways to your family due to your job? Whatever your unique situation, revisit old goals and create new ones that can re-ignite your passion and drive.
Ask someone to hold you accountable.
If you’re setting new goals or putting a career advancement plan into action, it’s important to have someone who holds you accountable. This can be a friend, family member, mentor, or colleague. The purpose, though, is to have someone who’s asking about your progress, so you keep moving forward and don’t regress.
Take a break.
It might be time to take a vacation and spend some time out of the office. This can be especially helpful if you’re feeling burned out. You’re not a robot, but a human being, and if you can’t remember the last time you took a break, then it’s been too long. Stepping away from work will help you feel re-energized, renewed, and motivated when you come back into the office.
Make a move.
If your lack of engagement is due to a job you don’t love, it could be time for a change. This might mean applying for an internal promotion or moving onto a different company. While change is hard, it might be a necessary next step in order to get back on track in your career.