Keep Moving Forward

With most new jobs you’re going to start out excited. You might get stressed and overwhelmed with everything to learn, but your enthusiasm carries you through. Then you get a little comfortable and start looking at how you can improve it. Then you start running out of new ideas. Sure, there’s plenty to do, but the creativity has burned out. You start losing your enthusiasm and find yourself day dreaming about other people’s jobs.

You’re going to face seasons that are tedious and disengaging. It’s a fact of life. You may start thinking it’s time to leave, but hold up a minute. You should ask yourself a few basic questions before you scoot out.

1. Have you perfected your tasks?

You may have streamlined a few things and saved some resources, but have you set goals and carried through on them? Setting goals for you and your team will identify areas you are wasting resources and valuable time. And you don’t have to be manager to set or track goals. Not sure where to start? Do some research. Find the experts in your field and interview them. Find out how they got where they did and what made them successful. You’ll find new connections while improving your work.

2. Do you have more to learn?

There are processes and workflows that go beyond the edge of your desk. Do you know the context of your stop in the workflow? Get to know the departments around you and how your work affects them. Ask your manager where you could do some reconnaissance without stepping on toes (you don’t want to fall into anyone’s bad graces). You may stumble onto duplicate work or vital steps that are getting missed. It could bring on a new project that you could head up. Letting your supervisor know you’re interested in new opportunities could get your foot in the door for a promotion.

3. Is this a cycle?

Look back over the last few years. How many times did you get bored with what you were doing and decide to move on? Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely times to move on. But employers are still looking for employees with dedication and loyalty. If your resume shows three years at a company, you’ll stand out compared to all the other twenty something’s with only six months to a year at various companies. It will show that you’re willing to invest and support your company. You have a lot more time than you think to find the ideal job. Spend some of that time identifying your strengths. Any job you do will teach you something about yourself. Figure out what you love and what sucks the life out of you. Identifying those elements will help you find a better fit in your next job.

When it comes to career, no one can make the right decision for you. A little introspection will help you evaluate where you’re at and when it’s time to make a career move. Just take your time. You’re not going to find success overnight.

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