Many people think they’re stuck in boring, unfulfilling careers. In fact, 70 percent of workers are disengaged at work.
Research confirms people find more purpose in their work when they change how they want to approach it. More importantly, it’s not how your employer assigns your work, but it’s how you approach the work you’re assigned that can greatly influence whether or not you have a fulfilling career.
If you’ve been feeling like your job has been less than fulfilling, it could be a sign it’s time to search for deeper meaning in your work. Here are six ways to make work more satisfying without having to quit your job:
1. Change your perspective
Perspective is everything when it comes to finding fulfillment in your work. If you’re feeling negative about your job or simply lack the motivation to accomplish anything, a change of perspective could help you improve.
Make a list of the positive things about your job and think back to why you accepted the position in the first place. This will serve as a reminder about why you have your job and what you can do to bring that passion back into your work.
2. Switch up your tasks
We often lose meaning in our work because of monotonous schedules and completing the same tasks over and over again. When you begin feeling this way about your work, it’s a sign it’s time to switch things up.
The approach you have to your daily tasks will impact the fulfillment you receive from your work. Try completing your most important tasks in the morning and leave your less demanding tasks for the afternoon. You can also redesign the way you approach each task and find new ways to complete them.
3. Build new relationships
The people you work with can make or break the experience you have with your company. If you feel like your job has been lacking in developing meaningful work relationships, consider seeking out a mentor or becoming a mentor to another employee. These relationships will add more value to your job and you’ll have another person you can relate to at work.
4. Create a new goal
Work can become dull when we don’t create new challenges or goals for ourselves. By creating goals, we force ourselves to improve as a person and develop our skills. In fact, goal setting is a great way to find out what you really want out of your job and discover new ways to make those goals happen.
For example, you’ve procrastinated at work, create a goal to become more efficient. You’ll find this goal rewarding because you’ll accomplish more tasks and create time to explore additional projects at work.
5. Change the way you communicate
Instead of relying on email and text messages, why not pick up the phone or even talk in-person? When you’re cooped up in your office without face-to-face interaction, it can be easy to lose meaning in your work. Consider making the effort to have more conversations to create meaningful communication with your coworkers.
6. Take note of the purpose you already have
Instead of focusing on the gaps you can’t fill or the bridges you haven’t crossed, focus on what you can accomplish in your current job. Sometimes it’s easy to become discouraged at work when you feel like you haven’t moved forward. However, if you focus on what you have to offer and the things you’ve accomplished, you’ll find much more meaning in your career.
Finding more fulfillment in your career isn’t easy, but it can be done. All it takes is the motivation and passion to rediscover your purpose in your career. Every individual deserves to have a fulfilling career, but it just takes patience to find more satisfaction. So if you’re one of the 70 percent of workers who aren’t happy at work, hopefully some of these tips will help you find more fulfillment in your career.
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