Being stuck in a role that makes you want to hide under the covers on a Monday morning is physically, mentally and emotionally draining and can really start to impact on other areas of your life. So ask yourself Hayleigh Wintermantle’s 7 questions to help you identify what’s causing the strain and ways in which you can instantly boost your energy.
Are you in your zone of genius?
Often in the workplace it’s easy for organisations to move you into roles that don’t actually suit your strengths and if you’re not in a position that allows your natural talents to shine through then you’ll quickly feel deflated. It’s so much easier to do what you’re good at, so start building a list of your key strengths and look for ways that you can utilise more of these skills in your current or future roles.
If you’re not sure what your talents are then ask your colleagues to share their thoughts with you.
Are you aligned with your organisation?
Do you truly believe in what the business is doing and why they are doing it? If it’s a no, then trying to motivate yourself to do your work is likely to be much more challenging and you may even feel a sense of conflict. Ensuring that your values and beliefs align with those of your organisation will allow you to feed off your intrinsic motivation and you’ll naturally want to work towards common goals.
Getting clear on your own values and work ethos is the first step to ensure that you’re in the right culture.
Is work causing you to neglect other areas of your life?
Dissatisfaction with your career can quickly spread to other areas of our life, often without you realising. Take a look at your relationships, your family, health, spirituality etc., and ask yourself how satisfied you feel in each of these different areas.
Thinking about whole life balance will help you to identify actions you can take in order to re-establish balance across the board. In doing so you may also find that your work is not the only thing draining your energy and causing you dissatisfaction.
Have you lost sight of what it is you want?
Often the goals you set in the early stages of your career become outdated as your ideals and priorities change. In certain cases your goals may be creating real internal conflict as progress in your career may be clashing with desires in other areas of your life.
If so, take the opportunity to redesign your career goals to fit with who you are now and the type of lifestyle you want. It doesn’t always mean a complete career change but gaining clarity on where you want to go will ensure that you’re making progress in the right direction.
Are you taking control?
Whilst the company, your boss or colleagues can play in big role in draining your energy, much of this is likely to be out of your control – after all, you can’t change someone else’s behaviour. However, you can flip your perspective to focus your energy on what is within your control. Which aspects of the job that are making you unhappy can you change? How can you adapt your behaviour to improve certain relationships? What can you do in your role to inspire or challenge yourself instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you? Focusing on the actions you can take will not only move you forward, but also give you the feeling of being back in control.
Are you taking on too much?
Whether inside or outside of work, it’s possible that the amount you’ve taken on is just not achievable. Take a look at everything you feel responsible for and see if there are opportunities for you to delegate, extend timeframes or to push back. It’s easy to feel as though you should be able to do everything, but not being able to is rarely a question of capability and more a question of workload. Ensure that what’s expected of you and what you expect of yourself is realistic and attainable.
Have you got your support network in place?
Without the right support network in place, work can feel pretty lonely and make even the simplest of tasks feel daunting. Remembe, you don’t have to do it all on your own so make sure you have the right people around you to support what you’re doing.
Why not look for a mentor, someone you respect in order to bounce ideas off or for some moral support? Use your lunchtimes to connect with people outside of your department or attend after-work networking events to gain some fresh perspective. However you approach it, it’s all about building your tribe of like-minded people who share similar dreams or beliefs and will help keep you motivated.
About the author
Hayley Wintermantle is a coach & career catalyst encouraging unsatisfied individuals to uncover more of who they are and want they want in order to carve the career path they desire. For more career support, to read her blog or connect with Hayley, visit her website where you can also download her free Soulful Career Action Plan.