It’s just like in a marriage or relationship: first sparks fly, then routine, irritation, and fatigue come. If work has suddenly become like a spouse, with whom you don’t want to go on a date, use these tips to fall in love with your work again.
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Why Interest in Work Disappears
The reasons for the cooling of interest in work are the same as the reasons for fatigue from a partner with whom you have been together for over 5-7 years:
- There’s too much work.
- There’s too little work, namely, few tasks that you really enjoy.
- A third person interferes in the relationship with work, for example, an oppressive boss or an ambitious colleague.
- The job has changed in a different direction than you have changed.
- The job hasn’t changed at all, the element of uncertainty has disappeared, and you’re bored.
Here’s how not to bring passion and spice back into your relationship with work.
Taking Breaks From Work
You may just be tired. Even if it’s been a recent vacation, take another one, and relax this time. No calls from work or messages in work chats! Ban thoughts of work. If you listen to yourself and re-energize in ways that are right for you, you will be drawn back to work.
Choose the way to relax yourself. For some, it can be a running marathon, and for others, it can be an evening at Lightning Roulette India or a date with your loved one.
Inventing and Practicing Pleasant Morning Rituals
As entrepreneur and best-selling author Tim Ferris says, “If you win the morning, you win the day.” With the right ritual, you set yourself up for an entire day filled with joy and fulfillment.
These are the best work rituals:
- Coffee, green tea, or matcha.
- A 5-minute viewing of a kitty video.
- Breathing practices.
- Positive affirmations.
- Exchanging compliments with coworkers.
- Snapping a good photo of a beautiful view out the window.
- Listening to your favorite song.
Starting Dressing More Smartly for Work
Studies say people experience more enjoyment at work if they dress stylishly, carefully, and imaginatively for work. By wearing a white shirt or blouse on Monday instead of a dingy turtleneck, you’ll boost your self-confidence, worry less about the little things, and have a more favorable attitude. It’s more pleasant to work in such an environment.
Understanding Your Impact on Those Around You and the Outside World
In the daily worries and pressure of deadlines, many people forget that they are benefiting someone else with their efforts and professionalism.
Make a list of everyone you influence by tackling work tasks. It could be the children you earn money for a happy childhood, the clients you help solve business problems, or even the courier you smile at.
Making New Friends at Work
Socializing is the key to happiness. Firstly, if you are energized by positive emotions from your friends at work, you will start to perform your work tasks with more enthusiasm. Secondly, people who are energetic, positive and “sick” of their work tasks are able to infect others with their attitude to life and work.
Forbidding Yourself From Complaining (Temporarily)
Complaining about life rarely makes life easier or more enjoyable. On the contrary, you become a hostage of your own negative thoughts, increasing the things you focus on: problematic situations, pessimistic people, mistakes in work. Try to pay attention to what you get. Perhaps there is more good in your work than you anticipated.
Take time to sit down in a nice place, pour or order yourself a cup of tea and answer the questions:
- What are my values? What am I working for?
- What do I want out of life? And from work?
- What aspects of work did I enjoy before when I first started?
- What aspects of work still bring me joy?
- What is it about my work that I do so well that I am consistently praised by my boss and respected by my colleagues?
By answering the questions honestly, you may find that you are still happy with many things about your job. All you need to do is rearrange your focus, complete or retrain, delegate some tasks to assistants, and your hands will itch to “do” and “achieve” again.