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4 Reasons Your Job's Not Fun Anymore

4 Reasons Your Job's Not Fun Anymore

Renee Weisman | Excelle

What if you have really gotten everything you can out the current job? Are you willing to risk something new?If going to something totally new seems too risky, can you find a related job in the same firm? (for example, if you work in manufacturing perhaps supply chain is a logical next step or if you are in sales, you might branch out into marketing. If you are in proofreading the next step might be communications.

If you are in bookkeeping the next step might be financial strategy or tax planning.) What all these have in common is going to something sufficiently different to reinvigorate your spark without moving so far away that you feel threatened. Of course, you can start to look elsewhere as well but unless you work for a very small company, explore the options within first.

Finally, if you can’t get the spark at work, is there an extracurricular activity or volunteer organization that you can get involved with? Is there another part time business you might explore? Getting excited and challenged outside work spills over into everything you do and can lead to a new positive attitude about whatever you are working on.

2. Overworked and Underappreciated

The second reason for losing your excitement is that you feel like your work is never done and no one recognizes how hard you are working.

In the current economy, with so many jobs disappearing, most “survivors” have taken on a number of new tasks and some of the extra things that made your day fun are now on the “no time and not critical” list. You are spending more time at the job and less time with your family, and you are afraid to complain because more layoffs may be coming. With so much to do, you have lost that sense of accomplishment when you finish something, because the next task (or the ax) looms ahead.


The best thing you can do in this type of situation is step back and analyze it. Perform a task inventory by asking yourself if any of the tasks you do can be eliminated, combined, delegated (or otherwise offloaded), done less frequently, or automated. Who would actually care if you didn’t do one of those tasks? Are you spending more time than necessary perfecting something when good enough would do?

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