Stuck in a job going nowhere? Underappreciated, underpaid and overworked? The next rung on the corporate ladder out of your reach? Wondering whether that corporate ladder is even leaning against the right wall?Face it; you're in a job rut. Before the rut becomes a trench or, even worse, a grave, stop spinning your wheels. Here are 10 sure-fire ways to create some traction and get yourself back on solid ground.
If you have narrowed your source of dissatisfaction to your job, look for the telltale warning signs of career fatigue: Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning, dreading another day of work? Do you count the days until the weekend? Are you taking longer lunches? Do you look at your watch every 10 minutes awaiting the 5 o'clock whistle? Are you spending more time on non-business-related conversations? Are you using your time at the office to plan and schedule personal business? Have you stopped doing reading related to the job? Has your outlook become more negative or cynical? Are you bored most of the time (not just a day here or there) and running low on enthusiasm? Are you stressed out about time and deadlines? Do you feel like your talents are not being put to their best use? Are you having problems concentrating? Individually, these behaviors do not evidence job burnout. But if you answered "yes" to three or more, you may be in danger of slipping into a job rut.
Make a list of all the things that are bothering you about your job. Has your job changed in ways that you don't like (or maybe has it not changed at all)? Do you have new reporting responsibilities up or down the chain of command? Have you just finished a big project? Just started one? Have budgets constrained your ability to do your job? Does the corporate hierarchy impede progress? How many of those items on your list can you do something about?
Keep in mind that a job is more than just money. If you think you're not being paid enough (who doesn't), you likely are going to run into frustrations in any job. That's because whatever you are being paid, you'll always think you deserve more. All you'll end up being is a highly paid, unhappy worker.
All of these traction devices have one thing in common: they force you to take ownership of the situation and to take action. Motion creates motion. Now quit complaining and do something.
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