There is Monday Blues and there is Work slump. When you dread going to work on Tuesday, Wednesday–or any day, you could be in a slump. The good news is that you can fix this challenge, achieve your goals, complete tasks and enjoy overall career success.
This is a good time to say that people who love their jobs also find themselves in a rut. So, when you find yourself in a work slump, it doesn’t mean that your career is off-grid. It could be due to a natural phenomenon known as “hedonic adaptation”. Hedonic adaptation occurs when we become familiar with things–even wonderful things–to the point that they lose their appeal to us and we lose our appreciation for them. If you have to eat rice day after day, no matter how much you love it, you will get tired of eating it after some time. Here’s how to get out of a work slump without having to quit:
- Figure out why you’re struggling
- Identify the kind of work that matters most to you
- Don’t jump ship on your job quite yet
- Focus on what is going well
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Take action
In most cases, you got into a slump because you lost your motivation. But you need to take action – no matter how slight- to regain your motivation. Take the first step, and then the next until you find yourself back in full gear. For some, the action can be to take on a more challenging project, get along with their team members or take a short break from work.