What to do when boredom strikes at work

What to do when boredom strikes at work

I talk to many EAs, PAs and Office Professionals who have lost interest in their job. What may have started out as a fulfilling and exciting job has become stale, and boredom has set in. Career stagnation is a real issue for many, and it can be a frustrating period in an individual’s career path.

If you’re feeling unmotivated by every request and struggle to get excited about your job, then it’s time to do something about it. You can’t just wait for something to change to feel better about your job. You have to be the one to make a move and take control.

Think about these questions:

  • Do you know what you want?
  • What don’t you like about your job?
  • What is it you want to do?
  • Is there anything in your current role that maintains your interest?
  • Where do you want your career to go?
  • Where do your current interests lie?

It’s only natural that your career goals change as you become familiar with a role and all of the tasks at hand. But without job fulfilment? Well, it depends on you and what you want.

By answering the questions above, you will be able to devise a plan. Remember, that just because you have become bored or frustrated in your current role, it doesn’t mean that you automatically should quit your job. But on the other hand, that could be one of many options to take. Don’t discount anything out at this stage!

One great way to challenge yourself on both a professional and personal level is to learn something new. Employers appreciate highly driven employees, and showing your ability to learn a new skill is beneficial to the longevity of your career.

So, what are your options while still working full time? Perhaps you can come up with one or two creative options but here are my tips for fulfilling goals and staying motivated.

Consider volunteering

Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new skills and meet new people without unsettling your current position unnecessarily. It gives you something else to focus on while you determine whether you should stay on or source another job. Volunteering looks great on your resume and shows that you are focused on helping others as well as committed to breaking out of your comfort zone.

Learn a new skill

Continuously learning is recommended for any EA, PA or Office Professional.

  • Is there something you have always wanted to study?
  • Is there an opportunity to learn something that your company is currently outsourcing?
  • Is there a role within your company that you would like but don’t quite have the skill set yet?

Just because something has ALWAYS been done that way, doesn’t mean it SHOULD be done that way. Look for opportunities to pick up new skills and make your position your own.

Create a project of your own

Is there a project you could tackle in the office? Perhaps there’s an issue that your company keeps putting off? If there is, why not put your hand up and volunteer to take it on. Your employer will respect the fact that you are looking to better an area that is outside the realm of your current job description. You can learn many great skills from managing your own project including budgeting, delegation, leadership and project management.

Find a mentor

Everyone needs a good mentor at some stage in their career and it may just be the push you need to renew your interest. Perhaps a mentor can offer suggestions to help you rekindle your motivation? Maybe they have a project of their own that you could assist with? A mentor can impress upon you new skills and knowledge, as well as critique your current handling of a role. Go over the pros and cons with them, as often a third party can shed a different light on the situation.

Remember, no amount of sighing and crying will alter the fact that you are stuck in a rut! Until you commit to change nothing will change.

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