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There are good moments in life, when you wish the world would stop and you could enjoy that wonderful feeling of accomplishment and happiness forever. And then there are the moments where you wish life came with a remote so you could fast forward to the good parts. When life lacks luster and you find yourself unfulfilled, change up your outlook and take these tips offered by Forbes:
Make Your Hobby a Habit
Bring your talents out of the closet and put them on display. You may be a talented business executive with a wonderful singing voice. Make time to incorporate your passion for singing in your daily life. Join a choir or perform in a local concert. Maybe you always had a passion for building things. Take time to put together a shelf. Whatever it is you’re passionate about, cooking, music or possibly dancing, find an outlet that allows you to use your talents regularly.
Take Time Off
Everyone needs a bit of rest and relaxation time. No matter what your job is or how your boss demands you give all of your time to the company; you are entitled to a break. If you can, spread out your vacation time instead of piling it all on one holiday. This will give you the much needed refreshers you need throughout the year.
Everyone needs to take a walk, do a few pushups or take a Zumba class. Unfortunately, most of us don’t want to take the time out to do it. Exercising in the morning cuts out on sleep, exercising at night is impossible because we need to recover from the stress of the day. But what’s 15-30 minutes a few times in the week out of your busy schedule? When you exercise you look and feel better, and only then will you know it was worth it.
Update Your Resume
There are times when the job you loved becomes the job you dread. The euphoria and excitement from getting a steady paycheck wears off, and you’re stuck with mundane, boring tasks looking at people you don’t like every day. Consistently updating your resume with new skills and experiences as well as keeping in constant contact with your network will eventually pay off and lead you to a more fulfilling and worthwhile professional opportunity.
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I hate my job. At some point in time, most people have found themselves muttering these words. Without the proper outlook, feelings of disgust and dismay at work can grow and feel unbearable at times but they are ways to alleviate the pain. Whether you dislike your job at the moment or you never liked your job (except the paycheck), there are ways to liven up your job and make the workplace more enjoyable. Forbes offers a few tips on how.
Talk to your boss and discuss changes in your job description. Perhaps the problem is a lack of challenge on the job. Maybe there are assignments in your job description that initially excited you about the position that you have yet to undertake. Maybe you find yourself stuck in administrative administrations when you’d much rather be given the chance to supervise a project. Have a conversation with your boss expressing your desires and see how things change.
If challenge at work isn’t the problem, a conversation with your boss may still help you fix what’s wrong. In your conversation, it might also help to discuss a change to your work hours. A more flexible schedule may alleviate your worries over missed personal opportunities. Another topic of conversation would be to suggest opportunities to work with different people in the office. Interacting with different people on a daily basis can bring new experiences to your work. On the other hand, if you’ve been in the same office for awhile and you already know who you work well with, try to find more opportunities where you can link up with the people you enjoy at the office. This also includes outside partners and clients. Once you’ve got the chances to work with the people you enjoy again, strengthen these relationships to ensure the opportunity will come again.
When you’re not at the office, make the most of your time. Occasionally the reason people loath work time so much is because they also dislike what they’re doing on their down time. If you schedule and prioritize your down time correctly, making sure to spend time unwinding from a long time and enjoying events with friends and family, then you will have a healthier work life balance that will positively impact the way you see your job.
Never underestimate the power of diet and exercise to your mental health. A poor diet will negatively impact your job outlook. As with quality down time, eating healthy and regular exercise improves your overall mood and will affect your attitude on the job.
Personalize your work space. Just as you decorate your home to make it a warm and comfortable environment, take a little time and effort and fix up your work environment. If you’re staring at the same boring walls and desk, it can fill like a prison. Take some time to spice it up, add a bit of love and care and some personal items and see if that doesn’t just brighten your day.
If you’re still unhappy in your current work assignment, try transferring to a different team or department. Talk to your boss, do some research, check internal HR lists. See if there are any job openings in your company that would provide the work fulfillment you’ve been searching for.
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Knowing that the job you currently have is not what you want is one thing, but finding a job that brings you happiness is another. Somewhere in that gap, Fast Company relays that there is another difficulty–identifying what you enjoy and how that transforms into full-time work. These three steps can put you on the right path to career fulfillment.
While unemployed, the article reports that one man realized what he truly loved to do. But when he finally found a job, he lost clarity and couldn’t figure out how to take what he enjoyed and bring it to his new job. As the article states, “the process of closing that gap includes gaining clarity, taking action on what matters, and leaning into the fears that hold us back. ”
So the first step to pursuing the right career is to gain clarity on what you should focus in on. Unlike the man mentioned in the article, don’t lose sight of that. Ask yourself, “what do I hate NOT doing?” Once you know what your answer is, you know which direction to begin to move towards.
The next step is to clearly define the world you imagine. Take 10 minutes to discover what you would ideally want in the world. When you have your own definition of the world you want to be in, you have a better understanding of who you are. You know why you wake up each morning and how to make the right decisions.
The last step is to get rid of your old thoughts and replace them with new ideas. Write a list of the negative thoughts you have that create negative behaviors in your life. Take each thought and put a new, positive spin on it. This process will take time, but changing your thoughts will begin to show in your actions.
As the article concludes, when you take on these three steps, you’ll begin to find that what you dream for yourself can become reality.