Most anything we do regularly, from a job to working out, can sometimes feel like a chore. That can be an indicator that it’s time for a change, or maybe just a change of perspective.
That’s often the case when you generally enjoy your job but feel like you’ve lost your mojo. Or if you know you’re ready for the next step but haven’t quite landed it yet. That’s when you need the tips and tricks that psychologists and researchers have found can help you rekindle your motivation and shine brighter where you are while you prepare for what’s next.
You can explore this topic with Food Industry leaders and peers at the next WFF monthly Exchange Network Finding Your Motivation/Shine Where You Are
November 18, from Noon to 1:15 CT with Global Consumer Research and Insights Director for the Kerry Group, Soumya Nair. Each month, WFF’s Exchange Network connects you with inspiring peers and role models in powerful virtual events that include live moderated Q&A with a top industry leader on Zoom followed by focused networking in small breakout groups hosted via Mixtoz.
Rediscover your dream job
No matter how many boxes your current role ticks on that theoretical dream job list, you can still experience weeks or even months where you feel a bit stagnant, distracted, frustrated, overwhelmed or bored. Living through a global pandemic can make anyone ready for a reset.
This might be the right time for a conversation with your boss about what’s next on your career path, but even if you know a new role or promotion is in your future, it makes sense to make the most of where you are today. Here are some ways to re-engage.
- Volunteer to do something new. You already know to raise your hand for stretch assignments, but work volunteering (often called “organization citizenship”) is a little different. These are activities like participating in a task force to boost recycling efforts on site, serving on a committee to plan PRIDE events, writing articles for a company publication or helping welcome new employees. You may have to ask around to find these opportunities but research shows they can contribute to feelings of satisfaction at work and even lead to stronger performance evaluations.
- Become a teacher. You have skills someone else in your organization would love to develop. If you know every tip, trick and shortcut in Excel, offer one-on-one or small group trainings. Many colleagues don’t have the time for a structured class, or may be embarrassed at their lack of proficiency and welcome private instruction.
- Show appreciation. When you think deeply about what and who you enjoy most at work, you may be motivated to let others know. Offering specific and public praise to direct reports and colleagues provides a valuable experience for others and reinforces your reputation as a caring leader and team player. A personal note is also a great way to show gratitude and deepen your sense of connection to coworkers.
- Try something new. Online, self-paced programs abound where you can learn anything from Powerpoint to mastering financial metrics. Even investing a half hour each day can help you gain new skills and the experience is likely to be invigorating and potentially prepare you to contribute in new ways. Exploring a new hobby outside of work can also create spillover excitement that helps rejuvenate you professionally too.
- Mix up your surroundings. If working from home, can you office in a different room or move your workspace to the other side of the room to get a different view? Remote or in person, can you reimagine your desk space or wall décor to create a new vibe? Physical surroundings can do a lot to make us feel either more energized or drained.
- Recharge away from work. You know the downsides of 24/7 connectivity. Constant email monitoring and dipping in and out of projects makes you far less productive and creates stress from being always on. Strive to put a definite end to the work day and then do something completely different. Take your kids to the playground and go on the swings too, throw the ball until your dog can’t stand up, get dressed up (remember dress clothes?) and meet a friend for fancy cocktails on a patio.
- Put the science of motivation to work. Behavior scientist, founder of Stanford University’s Behavior Design Lab, and author of the best seller Tiny Habits, BJ Fogg, Ph.D., cautions that motivation is unreliable and often impacted by competing desires (I crave novel experiences, but also want to veg at the end of the day). Motivation can also be high at the start of an initiative and quickly wane. That’s why Fogg advocates small changes. When something is easy to do, it demands far less motivation. Start small with a few easy action steps to reignite your interest in tackling something new at work.
- Connect with a community. Our members-only portal, WFF Connect, is a one-stop-shop for new ideas and new professional relationships that can help you make the most of now while helping you prepare for what’s next. WFF members enjoy year-long, 24/7 access to extensive professional development driven by individual self-assessment results and a wealth of opportunities to connect with peers and role models.
You can REGISTER
now to attend the next WFF Exchange Network, Finding Your Motivation/Shine Where You Are November 18 from Noon-1 p.m. CT.