You're tired of the monotony and routine, the hard work and lackluster results--we've all been there. Everyone knows what it's like to grow tired of his or her work. Here are some tips to fall back in love with your job once again.
1. Surround yourself with people who make you happy
Seek out the co-workers who bring a smile to your face. You want to find the friends that laugh at the same crass jokes, that crinkle their noses the same way about your boss's nasty hangnail. Having a comrade in battle gives you 10 times more purpose to do things. According to a Harvard Business Review blog post, "We All Need Friends at Work," a multitude of evidence suggests that office friendships can ameliorate dissatisfaction and disengagement at work.
Friendship matters. Make sure you're putting enough effort into it--both in and out of the office.
2. Switch up your setting
Tired of staring at the same old interface? Sick of seeing the same mountain wallpaper every time you clear your desktop? Find yourself buried in tons of empty water bottles and gum wrappers? Do something about it. We are products of our environment--both abstract and concrete. The only one we can immediately control, however, is the latter. So we should always do our best to keep our workspace conducive to uncluttered thought and creative processes.
3. Remind yourself why you began the job in the first place
The mother of a friend of mine has a way with numbers. She loves them, thrives off their functions--can even subsist off of little but the click-clack of her old calculator for days on end. But when even she grows tired of the finance office work she is obligated to complete, she knows the restorative power of taking a break from her endless stack of papers. To take a break, she plays number and logic games that alleviate the pressure of her job while still allowing her to indulge in her greatest passion--working with numbers.
This philosophy is luckily one we can apply to every profession. If you're an office worker, put aside those manila folders and play some Monopoly. If you're a musician, put away the recording devices and strum the old Beatles song that inspired you to play guitar. If you're a busy entrepreneur, put your phone away for a couple hours and go for a walk with your significant other.
We forget that work doesn't have to be work. Sometimes, all it takes is buying Park Avenue and getting out of jail free to remember why you fell in love with your job in the first place.