Many people experience or have experienced a “job lull” or some sort of feeling of boredom with going to the same office, with the same people, with the same to do list,
E V E R Y D A Y. More often than not, we’ll blame our boss or our colleagues, or that darn “older generation” for making it this way. Why do we have to work 40 hours a week? Whose idea was that? (No seriously, I’m still asking…) Why can’t we work from home or at a really cool coffee shop downtown? Can’t I just get my work done in the AM and then take off the rest of the day?
What if we stopped the whining and complaining and actually looked forward to work? Stop the blame game and take responsibility for your daily tasks! Here are some ways that I recently challenged my own negative ways of thinking and turned my job lull into a job peak!
- Say yes to your boss. Typically, when your boss asks you to do something for him/her, it results in us going into grump mode, begging for someone else to do it, or coming up with ways to ignore them until it goes away. What if we actually said yes to that new thing? Recently, I helped my boss with a training meeting. Sounds simple enough, but it’s one of those things that we don’t always want to say “Yes,” to. It ended up being a great experience. I was basically made out to be the smartest person in the room besides my boss and was able to put my face and name in front of a lot of VIPS at the company. Plain and simple. Trust the process. Say, “Yes!”
- Watch that Ted Talk/Webinar. If your job allows time for higher education, then do it! This doesn’t mean you have to go back to school. All it means is you get your work done, then turn on your listening ears and listen to a webinar, take notes, watch a Ted Talk, take notes. Find something relevant to your daily workload and LEARN something. Share with your team and repeat as often as you can.
- Help a co-worker. Is your to-do list done? Now double check it, is it REALLY done? Okay, good…then ask a friend what you can do for them. Is someone swamped with extra work? Is someone experiencing the pain of a new client or worse the pain of a current client who’s a pain in the – you – know – what? Don’t just sit there, dive in and help!
- Challenge yourself. Is there some part of your job or someone else’s job that you always wanted to learn? Why don’t you ask around and see if you can meet with someone in another department to find out how your jobs coincide or how they don’t and just learn something new about your company. Take initiative. Find out who the nice person in each department is and ask them. They’re more likely to talk to you. 😉
- Work on your sales. I truly can’t imagine a boss telling you that you shouldn’t be working on something that’s not on your to-do list. So why not start searching for leads? Call people you spoke to once at that thing about what you do for a living and see if they could use your help. As a social media specialist, that happens to me all the time. I meet people through friends, or groups, or networking events, and forget to follow up. Well, now is the time to follow up.
The point is, there is always work to be done, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always the same work, over and over again. There is plenty to do outside of your typical tasks, and it’s up to you to find them. Stop the whining, get down to business, and challenge yourself with a new to-do list!
This post was written by Ginger Marks. Ginger is a Community Manager with Media Connect Partners.
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