Make today better – beating the Monday blues

posted by on February 23rd, 2015

Monday is almost over and if you were feeling stressed or bored at work today then perhaps this blog might be the tonic you need.

The truth is we all get stressed and fed-up from time to time. However if you are one of the thousands of people who are beginning to wake up to the idea that they might be a ‘square peg in a round hole’ then the Monday blues can last all week. Are you beginning to wonder how you ever ended up where you are, doing what you do for living? If so then perhaps it’s a good time to start planning your next move whilst you actually have a job.

The fact is it’s all too easy to let things slide at work when you feel demotivated or frustrated. Work relationships start to breakdown, you make mistakes and you stop trying. Before you know it complacency sets in and you wish you were a million miles away.

When you feel like this it’s sometimes hard to believe that things will ever improve. So you seek out others who feel the same way and before you know it you are spending most of your day either avoiding work or moaning to others about it! If this sounds familiar then perhaps you need to do change something, starting with your focus.

The truth is only YOU can take the positive steps needed to help matters change. Here are a few tips to help you feel and perform better whilst you fathom out your next move.

1. The first step is to ‘Stay on the bus’! As hard as it sounds, you must try to remain motivated and focused on your current job. Burning bridges is never a good strategy unless you are guaranteed that Lottery win, so try to stay diligent and work to the best of your ability whist at work. You could try talking to HR or your line manager and see whether they can help to re motivate you so you can start enjoying your job once again. Try to see the positives of where you are and mix with those who are still inspired at work. If you try and see the positives you might find that things aren’t as bad as you think.

2. Devise ‘Project YOU’. You could start thinking about ’what you really want’. Focus your attention on you and spend some time trying to figure out what you want your future to look like.  Go wild and let your imagination run riot as you research possibilities. You do not have to make any choices right now, but you do need to do some research as to what you would do if you knew you could not fail. Dig deep and see if you can unearth a secret hidden desire. Read more, get online and discover how others have coped when faced with difficult choices, etc.  If you want you can use tools such as MBTI. This is my favourite tool and I use it a lot to help people better understand their personality types and figure out what sorts of roles/sectors they suit best. If you want more information on how MBTI can help you then contact me caroline@workshopswork.co.uk

3. Expand your life and your network. Focus on growing your life outside of work. That may mean getting back in touch with lost contacts or joining a club, volunteering or simply going out more, whatever you do make sure you create balance in your life. Simply doing this will help you look at work from a different perspective and you may even relight your enthusiasm for your current job.

Finally good luck. In my experience wishing for things to change achieves nothing – taking action does, so take action today to create the future career you deserve. Remember ACT means action changes things! Have fun, Cx

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