How to Stay Inspired at Work
Published: May 13, 2014
Regardless of how much you love your job, your excitement level will ebb and flow as you move through your career. If you’ve found yourself in a rut at work lately, you’ll need to start locating some additional sources of inspiration in order to stay passionate and perform your best. Use these strategies to feel enthusiastic about your work again:
Read works from other successful professionals in your industry
In many instances, simply reading someone else’s words about why they love your industry is enough to reinvigorate your own passion. Try reading a memoir from someone who laid the foundation for your field, or check out the blog of someone who’s shaping the business today. Passion is contagious, so reading about your field from someone else’s perspective can often work wonders if you need a boost.
Write your own blog
Sometimes you need to get creative in order to restart your passion for your field. If things are feeling a little “blah” lately, try writing a blog post that covers a trending topic in your field or something that is of particular interest to you. Thinking and writing about the subject can remind you why the field piqued your interest in the first place, and can help you to feel more excited about heading into work each day.
Build a life outside of work
Even those who are highly passionate about their work are at risk of burning out. In order to stay focused and inspired each day, you’ll want to build a complete life outside of work. Foster strong friendships, join a gym, pursue a hobby that’s always captured your interest, or read a good book. Getting your mind off of work and thinking about other things is necessary in order to keep you feeling refreshed when it’s time to start the week again.
Watch other people succeed
There’s something highly motivational about watching other people succeed, so if you’re in need of an inspirational boost, try turning on a sports game or watching an episode of your favorite game show. Watching others’ excitement as they excel can reignite your own passion and inspire you to feel the same way.
If you’re in a slump at work, realize that this is a normal part of a long career, but make sure that you take a proactive approach to reinvigorating your own path. Sometimes watching an inspirational video, hitting the gym, or reading someone else’s writing about the field is all that is necessary to get you excited to head into the office again.