Sometimes work is called the daily grind for a reason. While there will always be times when work is super busy or challenging, there will also be times when you just need to make a change. Perhaps you’ve outgrown your current role, or are in need of a change of scenery, or maybe it’s time to embrace your life as an entrepreneur and do your own thing. The first step to change is recognising the problem. Here are five signs you’re stuck in a rut at work.
1 You don’t find excitement in your work anymore
Every job has elements that are boring or ordinary, but if you find the more exciting parts of your job just aren’t inspiring you anymore, it might be time for a change. Doing the same tasks day in, day out, will cause anyone to feel disinterested. Perhaps you can shake things up in your current role and put your hand up to take on a new project or assignment. Make a change to your regular routine in order to bring some joy back into your Monday to Friday.
2 You’ve run out of good ideas
When you feel inspired and energised, new ideas often come freely, but if your creativity is waning, it may be because you are stuck in a rut. Everyone can be susceptible to the daily grind, so if you’ve noticed you’re all out of good ideas, it might be time to seek some new inspiration. Before you go looking for a new job, why not try going outside the four walls of your workplace. Meet new people at a local networking event, travel to a new destination or simply take some time out to relax.
3 Your productivity has gone downhill
When your to-do list just doesn’t seem to be shrinking, it could be that your productivity has taken a downward turn. When you’re stuck in a rut, sometimes little tasks can feel like huge, unsurpassable mountains. You can’t seem to turn around work as quickly as you used to and you become guilty of procrastinating or taking constant breaks. Be more conscious of your time throughout the day and try to make a list of all the tasks you need to complete each day – and then stick to the plan.
4 Your mind constantly wanders
If you’re sitting in meetings and getting lost in thought, or find yourself constantly daydreaming at your desk, it might mean you’re in need of a change. Instead of constantly getting lost in thought about where you’d rather be, or reminiscing about the past, try and stay present. If there are areas of your life that you need to change, take action. Start by journaling and writing down your thoughts so you can work out a step-by-step plan for your next move.
5 You’re feeling tired and worn-out
If you’ve been feeling stuck and unmotivated at work, it can soon leave you feeling tired and worn-out outside of work. If you’re struggling to meet with friends or enjoy social time outside of work hours, you may need to take some time for yourself. Make sure you prioritise the things you love and the activities that give you energy, after all, work is only one part of your life. And if your work situation is less than ideal, make sure you are looking after yourself as best you can.