Disclaimer: This post contains way too many dashes for my liking. My apologies in advance.
Work – if you’re like millions of Americans (or worldians – just trying to be inclusive here), you spend, roughly, 40 hours a week doing it.
Some people are fortunate to feel passionate about their jobs – so passionate, in fact, that their unbridled zeal may compromise their sleep. I mean, how can one sleep when his or her brain is tugging at he or she with project ideas, unanswered emails or the ever-so-cliche next steps? Each day is filled with opportunities.
For others, however, their job simply pays the bills.
While certainly every minute of every work day isn’t engaging and stimulating, it’s important to feel fulfilled – that’s when you’re the most valuable asset to your organization.
If you fall into the former camp, congrats! You’re doing something right. If you fall into the latter camp, it might help to look at your job with a fresh perspective.
1. Call Brainstorming Sessions
If you feel like you’re stuck, in terms of a project you’re struggling to creatively tackle or you find yourself getting too caught up in mundane – though, necessary – day-to-day tasks, it can help if you tap into you’re other teammates. Even if you spend just 20 minutes tossing ideas around, throwing one other head into the mix can make a world of difference. It can open your eyes to a realm of new ways to approach a problem – or, it can be the foundation for an innovative, exciting project that supports your company’s strategic goals.
2. Watch a Ted Talk
Whether you have three minutes or 23 minutes, losing yourself in a TED Talk can be worthwhile when you’re in a rut. They don’t let just anyone present a TED Talk, you know. These people are engaging and creative – and they’re usually part of a network filled with people just as intellectually stimulating.
The topics of these talks run the gamut so click one that sparks your interest and let yourself be inspired.
3. Find a Mentor
Subscribe to, follow or befriend mentors – preferably in real life – that possess qualities you want or have goals that align with yours. I want to cure cancer one day. Am I a hematologist? Have I been to medical school? The answer is no to both of the aforementioned questions. Do I get queasy at the site of blood? Absolutely.
So, how in the hell would I cure cancer? That’s a great question. I want to educate people on different types of cancers and ways to prevent them. I also want to raise money for cancer research. Fortunately, these are all feasible contributions I’m very capable of making. I follow medical experts and CEOs who have similar mindsets on twitter. I read their blogs. They have knowledge and I want to soak it up. Take notes from the people who are doing what you want to do – and not to mention, doing it well – and apply their work ethic, creativity, etc… to your current job, or pave the way for your next move.
4. Get Involved in Something Outside of Work
When people feel burned out from their careers, it’s usually because they’re spending an inordinate amount of time doing something they simply no longer care about. That’s OK. It happens. Or, sometimes these people, like many, may not have much of a work-life balance.
Whether it’s joining a book club, volunteering or simply being a die-hard fan for your favorite sports team, just find a something you’re passionate about and dedicate yourself to it. You aren’t always going to feel childlike enthusiasm toward your job so it’s important to give your mind a vacation from the occasional monotony and do something you know will make you feel refreshed, satisfied and ready for whatever the next day holds.