So, it’s mid-year. The mid-year slump, as I have just decided to call it.
You have a routine. You know what you’re doing, you are good at what you do. This is a comfortable place to be.
This is also a dangerous place. Maybe you aren’t seeking out opportunities to impress your superiors. You stop thinking outside the box; you find yourself just going through the motions. You now require an extra cup of coffee to stay awake – the mere act of walking into the office isn’t getting your blood pumping.
Let’s fix that. Here are a few of my favorite tips, a few ways to keep your job fresh. Stay inspired, stay driven. Stay… awake?
Image styled, and photographed, by the amazing Margaux Pepper.
Find inspiration in others.
Inspiration can come from many places.
Maybe you admire one of your superiors. If so, reach out. Ask to meet for coffee, and draw from their experience. People love talking about themselves, trust me. (Additional bonus: They will totally love that you’re seeking to improve. Being proactive is always admired.)
Maybe you admire your colleagues. Form a Work Family!
I also seek inspiration from people who I’ve never met. One fabulous source for tips and inspiration is Career Contessa. This site is dedicated to “honest conversations about work and life,” and this rings true in all of their content. They profile successful women across a variety of career paths. They share tips and perspective on work, life, wellness and culture.
The best way to soak in this amazing advice is with their weekly newsletter. This newsletter is seriously like a present in your inbox – conversational and friendly, helpful and certainly worth a read each week. Sign up here! It just takes a moment, and you will absolutely love it – I promise.
Find inspiration in yourself.
Every once in a while, take the time to think back to the moment when you chose your career path. Why did you pursue this field? What was your initial passion, what were your goals? What did you hope to achieve? When we were young, before we became a little worn down by deadlines, stress and work, we had a natural and organic desire to make something of ourselves. Maybe we glamorized it a bit, but we were eager. Energetic.
So, think back to this time. If you’re bogged down by the mundane schedule, think about your younger self. Think about how badly you wanted to achieve something, produce something. Try to draw from that energy.
Determine your goals for the year. Many companies require employees to do this – if yours does not, set them for yourself anyway. Make your goals smart. Or, S.M.A.R.T – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
In order to make these goals more trackable and digestible, create checkpoints. These can be monthly or quarterly, but be sure to check your progress. Don’t let 11 of 12 months pass before you start your goals for the year. This is not college – procrastination won’t fly anymore.
Take care of yourself.
Eat vegetables. Sleep eight hours each night. Eat food that will fuel your body, not just fill it. Exercise.
I’ll probably publish a post specifically dedicated to this eventually, but for now, just keep in mind that taking care of your body physically will directly benefit your professional life. It will energize you, keep you feeling active and productive.