As humans we hate routine and repetition, which makes perfect sense if you think about the fact we are basically doing the same thing every day. Going to work every day and following the same time schedule can be very frustrating and might influence you to think it is high time you do something to change it.
Since the majority of your time each day is spent at work, determining what it is you want to change requires that you rethink your career success and happiness. If you want to get into another career, it might be worth looking for alternative career paths. But if you are willing to work your way through your present situation, you might want to rediscover the passion you once had for your job.
Here are some ways to make your career more fulfilling so that it doesn’t make you feel so incomplete:
#1 Remember Why You Do It
Try to remember why you pursued this career in the first place, going back to when you were a university student or even a teenager. That was a crucial time for you career-wise since you had to explore your career options and decide the “best choice” according to your interests and academic performance. While you are in that time machine, ask yourself what influenced you to make that choice. For example, what made you excited about your career and how exactly you were attracted to the field you are in now.
#2 Identify and work through problems
If you are faced with any issues at work, this may be the reason your career doesn’t make you feel satisfied. In this case, try working through the problem by first admitting that there is something wrong that prevents you from actually enjoying your job. This suggests that if you feel unhappy, you shouldn’t ignore it. Try talking it out with your manager, to see if you can come up with a solution, and let him/her know what’s been troubling you.
#3 Find a better work-life balance
Since work-life balance is a crucial factor to career happiness and success, begin with finding some quality time yourself. Perhaps the problem is that you can’t find the right time to commit to yourself or your personal life, and it seems that your life revolves around your career. While this is perfectly reasonable, you might want to consider taking on a lesser position with your current career that isn’t so demanding. ‘Downshifting’ is not a bad option even for professionals who love what they do, but would like to have some extra time for themselves and families.
#4 Figure out what you want out of your job
Defining what you want out of your job is of critical importance. Perhaps you don’t find your job fulfilling anymore because you would rather get a promotion to a higher or management position but the right opportunity hasn’t knocked on your door yet. At this point, you need to figure out what it is that you want and set your own goals. Here are some questions/examples that will help you do just that:
- Are you happy with your current duties?
- Do you find them challenging or not?
- Would you rather have more responsibilities?
- Can you image yourself being a manager?
- How do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
#5 Make it fun
It is possible that all you need is to bring your positive attitude and motivation to make your job enjoyable and fun. There are several ways to do it, starting from talking with positive people at work or making a game out of what you do, setting small goals and celebrating accomplishments. This way you will be able to have greater control over your day at work and have fun at the same time.
As you can see, making your career life more fulfilling is not as difficult as you might have thought. Focus on what is important to you and ensure that you find the time to invest on those things that make you happy!