Have you ever been bored with your work? Have you ever totally lost interest in a project you were once excited about?
When I first graduated from college, I was a high school teacher. In the beginning, I enjoyed the opportunity to influence young people. I wanted to be the teacher I saw in movies who inspired their students to reach new heights. After 3 years, I fell into a rut. I could feel myself slipping and become bored, unchallenged, and uninspired.
I hated the feeling.
Daily I was trying to pump myself up for another round of teaching. The problem wasn’t the school. The problem wasn’t the students. The problem was me. Both my parents were educators so I thought teaching would be my path in life.
However, it wasn’t until I began taking a closer look internally at how God made me that things began to take a better turn.
Is it time for you to move on? I’m not referring to relationships. I am specifically talking about your work. Maybe it is a project you won’t let die. Maybe it is a job or a career. Oftentimes, boredom is a sign it is time to move on. Here are a few signs it just might be time for you to move on.
1. You got what you wanted out of it
If you have a passion for learning like I do, then you are great at starting and not so great at finishing. This used to bother me. I use to think it was because I wasn’t disciplined enough.
Once I discovered it had a lot to do with my personality, I began to give myself permission to quit. In other words, the reason you might be bored with a book or project is because you ultimately got what you wanted from it. You are done. So move on.
2. You have moved away from your core strengths
In my coaching practice, I talk to others about the difference between green, yellow and red work activities. Green work activities are those things that energize you.
There are certain tasks you can do for 4 hours and still be energized by them. Red activities are those work tasks that drain you. If your day is filled with too many reds, you have a problem. You are drained and bored and it might be time to move on.
3. You have lost your big reason “why”
We can become bored when we have lost “why” we are doing something. It is easy to forget the why. If you are struggling with reaching some goal you have for yourself, maybe your why isn’t big enough.
4. You are not challenged mentally
I have seen this happen with those in corporate America. Their work just doesn’t challenge them. They are not inspired with the work they are doing. They feel like a hamster on a wheel. Just repeating the same tasks with no opportunity to use their skills and creativity.
As Seth Godin says, “Many of us have been seduced to being invisible when it comes to our work.” Do your work, don’t speak up, and don’t create a stir. If that describes your work situation, maybe you need to look elsewhere.
5. You are living under the expectations of others
Are you trying to live up to the expectations the world has set for you? Are you looking to please others while you remain unchallenged, bored, and uninspired about life?
It is easy for us to settle into pleasing others. We drive cars, live in houses, and make choices so that we meet the expectations the world has set for us. You can choose a different path.
6. You have lost your sense of curiosity
Curiosity and boredom don’t live at the same address. They are polar opposites. When you lose your sense of wonder, adventure and curiosity, you will become bored. What decisions do you need to make to get your sense of curiosity back?
7. Your working environment doesn’t fit your personality
We often never take this into account when selecting the right career or company. You have a preferred working style that fits your personality. Some of us are energized when we are around people.
Others of us become energized when we get some time alone. You might be bored or even stressed because you are not in the right environment to make your genius happen.
Question: What steps do you take when you sense that you are becoming bored with work, a project or a job? You can leave a comment by clicking here.