By: TSP Blog | @TSProckstars
It can happen to anyone. You land a great job and are excited about going to work and embracing the new role. Days turn into years and suddenly you realize you've been stuck in the same job for five years and it's not as exciting as it used to be. If you find yourself thinking about what's next, but find it hard to stay motivated, you are not alone.
So, how do you stay motivated when you may be feeling a little stuck? Here are our tips to refreshing your routine and continuing to build your resume, while still working that full-time job.
DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS
Challenge yourself! You might feel stuck in your ways at your current position, so take this opportunity to develop some new skills. Perhaps learning a new technology or program related to your job can make work more interesting, while also building your skill set. Truth is, there are always areas we can improve on in the work place including: time management, leadership, planning, communication, and organization.
Not only will stepping out of your comfort zone will help build confidence, but it can also give you a chance to show off your new skills off to the boss or coworkers. In doing so, you may improve your colleagues impression of you, ultimately creating a better workplace environment and opening the door to new opportunties.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
This is a tip for anyone, in any field of work: investing in yourself is one of the most important things you can do. If you aren't happy with yourself, you won't be happy with your work, home, or social life. Start by thinking about what you lack most – maybe it's planning skills, a healthy lifestyle, or creativity.
From there, carve time out of your day (even if it is just 15 minutes) to focus on this, making a habit to enhance these areas of your life. With time, you will notice an increase in positive results not only in your work life, but personal life as well. When you feel better about yourself, you feel better with the outcomes you produce and the work you are doing!
JOIN A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
Joining a local organization can bring you more benefits than one. It allows great networking opportunities for professionals in the same field as you, and can give insight to various ideas or processes. These groups can also provide guidance, as members may have been in a similar situation and can provide support support in times of need.
Professional associations also provide opportunities to build your professional skills that might come in handy down the road. You never know, your next job opportunity could come from a colleague in your association!
Giving back to your community can be more rewarding than you think. Volunteering is a great way to impact the lives of the people who live in your area. If you can get your company to take a half day and participate together, this can positively impact company culture and allow employees to bond outside of the office – and you could get paid for doing it.
Regular volunteering can also make you feel more productive and satisfied, posively impacting your work ethic and attitude. Plus, the world could always use a little more good!
Hopefully, you’ve found something that works for you. While it can be hard to stay happy and mentally healthy in a company you’ve been with for years, it is possible to turn it around with a little extra work. Worst case scenario, doing the above may help you find a new passion or maybe even a new career path to pursue!