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:
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:
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:
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 doing. One 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