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Bored In Your Career? Ask These 3 Useful Questions

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Feeling bored in your career is one of the most common reasons to make a career change. Boredom can sometimes be temporary, and other times, it’s deep-rooted. When you’re bored at work, it can be easy to blame the job. Thoughts like, “this job is boring,” and, “my director isn’t utilizing my skills,” are common. Depending on the cause of your boredom, developing your emotional awareness will help you be more assertive and motivated to implement changes so you’re not relying on senior leadership to fix things. Here are three questions to ask yourself because constructively handling boredom can make all the difference in your career.

Why am I bored?

Boredom can happen in the workplace when:

  • The role doesn’t use your top strengths
  • You’re craving adventure
  • The role is no longer challenging
  • You’ve been in the same position for a long time
  • There has been little movement within your current team, and you want to work with new people
  • Your interests and/or values have changed

To solve problems, we first need to identify the problem, and sometimes, we can’t effectively do that until we talk it through.

These questions will help you think through your boredom:

  1. What does your boredom tell you about what you need?
  2. What do you hope to physically, mentally, and socially experience once the problem is solved?
  3. How will you ensure that you find a solution to your boredom?
  4. What have you tried to fix the problem?
  5. Do you have the right support to help you find a solution?

Have you exhausted your recrafting options?

We all need to put ourselves in positions where we’re making the most of our current roles. As intentional career development becomes paramount in the era of Covid-19, job crafting, which is the process of making the most of your current job, is an advantage in this competitive landscape.

Why not set yourself a 30-day challenge? Try splitting the challenge up into areas like relationships, job tasks, career development and learning. You could try:

  • Thinking of three new goals relating to an area of improvement
  • Finding out how your job role is done in another company or area of the U.S. and apply best practices in your role
  • Join an internal team or committee that aligns with your areas of interests

If you have the ability and desire to do some recrafting in your role until you make a career change, focus on these career growth habits:

1. Refueling your mind and body by prioritizing well being

2. Practicing a growth mindset

3. Carving out time to reflect on your career and check in on your engagement by keeping track of lessons learned, meaningful moments, skill gaps and achievements

4. Becoming aware of your self-talk

5. Cultivating meaningful relationships

What do you enjoy? 

Fulfilling career changes require a comprehensive approach. But what you enjoy is an important question especially because what you’re good at may not be what you currently enjoy doingOne of several ways to assess what you enjoy is to ask yourself, what tasks, conversations and/or actions make you feel most energized? According to the book, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, Ikigai is one’s reason for being. The four concepts that intersect and form one’s Ikigai are mission, passion, vocation and giving to others. Sometimes passion and work don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand but can complement each other. It’s when values, interest, vocation and meaning intersect that you begin to find fulfillment.

Article Provided By: Forbes

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