In an ideal world, once you become bored with your current job, you search and apply for others, have a few interviews, and then pick your preferred choice from the offerings. Unfortunately, it seldom works like that. Financial commitments, lack of employment in your area, and lack of skills and available training often mean the only choice is staying in your current employment. However, if you can’t change your job, the next best thing is to refresh it!
Ask for a pay rise
Not many things can ignite new enthusiasm for a job than a healthy increase in your salary.
Work towards a promotion
Look and apply for progression in your job if there are career prospects available. Stretching your mind and developing your skills and abilities will stop you getting bored and will help develop a sense of accomplishment in your job.
Ask for more work
If you are getting bored and find the amount of work you have falls short of keeping you busy for long periods, ask if there is anything else you can do. Do this before the boredom sets in, as its harder to motivate yourself and want to take on new tasks once you’ve been bored for a while and lost motivation.
Transfer to a different department
Maybe the company can transfer you to a different department or team? This can often be enough to feel like starting a new job, without all the hassle of job hunting, applications and interviews.
Do some training
Training can be a great way to get more out of your work, helping you to develop yourself and your skills to enable better performance and understanding of your job and unleashing a new vigor.
Break the habit of travelling the same way to work. Just travelling to work by a different route or by using a different mode of transport can be enough to make you feel different when you arrive at the workplace.
The same food every day will soon become unappealing and even simple changes can add some newness to your day. Try making your own salads or soups for your work lunch or change the bread and fillings from your usual sandwich choices. Always drink coffee? Maybe try different teas instead. Find a new restaurant or cafe to eat at, and if you usually take your lunch break alone, join or invite colleages to come along, or arrange to meet up with a friend. A complete break from the same routine during the day can refresh you ready for another afternoon at work.
Learn something new when you have free time
If too much free time at work is making your job dull and make it difficult to keep your brain stimulated. Utilize the time to learn something new, such as taking an online language course or watching a TED talk or YouTube instruction.
Change your environment
Add some personal touches to your work space, with new photos, pictures and plants.You could change desks with a colleague, or if you have music playing, change the radio station or play list to listen to new types of music.
Create challenges for yourself
If you can’t change your job, change how you do it! Create your own challenges such as giving yourself time limits or completion times, or prioritizing your workload differently.
Make a list of all the reasons why its good having your job and constantly update it each time something good happens. You might still want to change your job, but if that’s not possible at the present time, find reasons to be grateful for your current employment and focus on all the positives. Concentrating on positives will help convince your mind that you are more happy with your job, whereas, if you constantly focus on what you don’t want, you will make yourself feel more negative.
Bio: Jen Smith is a Life Coach, Mentor & Writer. She has tried many career paths herself and now helps others to achieve their goals and dreams.