Sadly, summer is coming to an end. As we trickle back to work after our vacations, it can be tough to stay motivated. This becomes especially difficult when you've worked at the same place for a long time.
With that in mind, here are a few tricks for getting excited about work again:
1. Look at your job through the eyes of your intern.
Whenever I’m feeling less than grateful about my role as a television producer, I pull this trick out of my back pocket. I think about how excited my interns are when I show them around for the first time. They are always in awe of all the equipment in the control room, the buzz in the newsroom, and the energy in the studio. It’s easy to forget why you fell in love with your career in the first place when you’re walking in there every day. Make sure you don’t take your awesome space for granted.
2. Learn a new skill.
What makes you stand out from everyone else? Learning a new skill, even if it’s not related to your day job, is never a bad idea. Besides, it could be the start of a new career. Take advantage of all the new classes starting in the fall and sign up for something you’ve always wanted to do. Whether it’s taking a cooking class or learning a new language, having something to look forward to can make all the difference.
3. Find some inspiration.
Check out the competition, read some industry magazines, talk to your colleagues and get amped up about the next big thing! Sometimes attending a networking event will give you a great boost of enthusiasm for your industry too. Starting a new project or trying a new system can help you feel more involved in your job and make you a more valuable employee.
4. Find a mentor.
While it’s tempting to try to find your mentor in your current workplace, looking a bit further can be even more beneficial. Try looking at local community groups such as business or women’s associations, or nonprofit organizations. I’ve had many mentors in my career and the common thread has been their willingness to share. Find someone who is enthusiastic about giving you the best advice. This could re-ignite the spark that faded during the summer months.