Every once in a while, it is time to take a moment. Pause, step back, and look at everything that is going on. Shine a light on the areas of your life and ask yourself – are you happy?
One of the most significant areas of our lives, somewhere we spend hours of the day, is work.
Even if you work from home, then chances are you spend hours at it.
If you are unhappy with your work, those hours can feel never-ending, and over time you will begin to produce work you simply aren’t happy with.
So it’s time to take a moment and ask yourself – are you happy in your career? There are some questions that you can start with as you explore further what this means.
Do you love what you do?
If you love what you do, it might be the company or clients that need to change. If you have fallen out of love with what you do, then it is time to look elsewhere. In the case of being unhappy, then you might start to consider your other options.
Make a list of alternatives to try on for size. Qualify as a personal trainer, retrain as a bookkeeper, master the art of a viral social media post – cover as many options as possible and see what sparks your interest.
Do you like the company you work for?
When you applied for the position you have now, you didn’t really know the culture and the people in the company. You know what you learn from articles, reviews, and interviews. Once you are inside that culture, you can find that it simply doesn’t suit you.
You can also find that actually you don’t like the company and aren’t well matched.
Going to work for a company that you don’t like can make work very difficult. If you still love your work, you have options, though – like finding a better working environment. Switching companies may take some time, but it can also be a great goal to aim for.
Are you proud of your work?
Being proud of our work gives us a sense of achievement. This, in turn, builds our confidence. If you aren’t proud of the work you do, you could be missing a vital piece of the puzzle that feeds into our overall happiness. If you consider how many hours you spend working, to me be proud of what you are producing can take a heavy mental toll.
Do you want to learn more?
If you want to learn more about something, it is typically something you enjoy. Almost all fields of work have a lot of room to learn and grow. Suppose you find that you aren’t hoping to learn more about what you do or new methods or theories. You might have to ask yourself if you aren’t interested in learning because you aren’t happy with your work anymore.
It is essential to know that sometimes you are happy in your work, but you have been so engrossed for so long you have hit burnout. People get burnout as a response to job stress, long hours, and sometimes a reduction in professional progress.
This doesn’t mean necessarily that you are unhappy at work; it means that there needs to be some adjustment. Burnout can make you feel like you hate your work, though, so it is important that you try to differentiate between the two.
How can you spot burnout?
Burnout can look different to different people, in the end, though the issues can be the same.
Emotional upset – When you feel drained, your emotions can feel wild and erratic. But you might not be able to raise the energy to get your work done to the best of your ability.
Performance – if you are finding you’re getting more conversations about work quality, or you personally don’t feel your work is the quality you want it to be. Burnout can impact your concentration, and that can impact your performance.
Physical – you may be finding that you have an above-average amount of headaches. Stomach cramps and pain. Tense jaw, shoulders, and neck; feeling more tired than usual.
Even if your job has been something you have enjoyed for years, when you are experiencing burnout, you will feel that it is stressful, frustrating and that you are alienated from the rest of the team.
It is essential to ask questions and talk about how you feel at work so that you can decide if it is something small that needs to change or it is something bigger and more serious.