TIPS TO ESCAPE A WORK RUT
By Valerie Carrillo
For the past couple of years, I have been diligently working out almost every day, but as of lately I have been finding myself in a bit of a rut and feeling like I have hit a plateau. You know that feeling? At first, it was new and fun. Now, I feel like I’m going through the motions. Time for a change, right?!
You can also hit similar plateaus at work. Maybe your routine is holding you captive, or a boss is making things difficult, or the work isn’t challenging, or a major life event has you re-thinking everything. If you are feeling stuck, you are not alone. With the New Year just around the corner, now is the time to start making changes so you can start 2017 feeling recharged.
And lucky for you, I have found a few easy tips that don’t involve giving a two weeks’ notice.
GET COMFORTABLE GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE
If you are feeling a little stagnant, do something crazy and out of the ordinary. Try a task that will shake you out of your comfort zone and stretch your skills to the next level. After all, you can never master too much. What turns you on, sparks your imagination and curiosity? Maybe you want to beef up your public speaking skills. If so, check out Toastmasters International and practice impromptu speeches in front of strangers. Perhaps you are too measured at work and not much of a risk-taker. Signing up for a trapeze class could be a high-flying way to unleash your inner leader. And you never know what doors will open up when you do something different and unexpected.
INVEST IN YOUR PASSIONS
Sometimes when you are in a rut, you need to explore what makes you happy to find the true meaning of success. What makes you enthusiastic? Maybe you’re a foodie. Or have a love for the stock market. Or you’re a sports junkie. Your enthusiasm can be very powerful, especially when you combine it with your work. When you are enthusiastic, the more inclined you are about improving yourself and finding a meaningful career. Plus, it allows you to continuously get better at the work you do and possibly increasing your pay.
KEEP A DREAM JOURNAL
Paula Mooney suggests for the next month grab a pen and paper and jot down what you can remember in the morning about your nighttime dreams. Sometimes your subconscious offers clues about what you really want in life. And those internal messages could help you find your career path. But be warned, you may need a dream dictionary because of some of the dreamy clues can be a little cryptic and hard to decipher.
SPEND TIME WORKING ON YOUR BRAND
You don’t have to be searching for a new job to work on your personal brand, as Khemaridh Hy reminds us. In fact, if you are part of this year’s WICT Mentoring Circles, you would know all about the importance of a personal brand. Look for ways to expand your professional development opportunities through meetups or other membership associations like WICT. Or expand your brand by publishing ideas via articles on your LinkedIn profile or starting a blog (even better- contribute to this blog). By sharing awesome ideas, it showcases communications skills, dedication, creativity, and determination which is a great way to get people to take notice and could lead to more responsibility.
DO ONE PRACTICAL THING A DAY FOR YOUR CAREER
You don’t need to make gigantic changes to land your dream job. Find activities that you can do in your day job to help you follow your passion. Let’s say you are a coordinator and have hopes to be a writer/producer. Write a show treatment or upload a pitch video to YouTube; talk to other writers/producers and find out how they got their job; read industry articles. Action begets action. And, as Mooney says, eventually, something will stick if you keep doing what makes you happy.
As far as my workout plateau, I’m thinking about switching things up and adding a boot camp or power yoga. Then again, maybe I should try trapeze.