Is Your Job Making You Tired? Here’s How To Fix That.
Recently, a lot of random people have been talking to me about their work in a negative way. They are tired of work. They are stressed by work. They are just plain exhausted…by work. And I GET it. No matter how much you love your job, sometimes it just…wears you out. And, if you don’t love your job, it’s even worse.
I understand both. This morning, I woke up feeling tired – I knew I had to do some logistics planning for an upcoming new venture I’m working on, and the thought of excel spreadsheets drove me to want to hide under the covers. And when I was consulting, I would wake up when I had certain meetings on the calendar and just…roll over. I would end up pressing snooze to avoid having to get up, and then when I did finally get up I would race to get ready, throw on some clothes, and feel annoyed at work that IT made me look bad. And feel bad. Obviously my wrinkled attire and poorly applied eye makeup was due to my job, right?
I share this to say that we have all been there. And it’s kind of a vicious cycle. You wake up tired, go into work feeling detached, end up phoning in some of your job, and then feel worse. You go home exhausted from doing less than your best, feel guilty, get annoyed, and then the cycle starts all over again the next day.
You may love your job, you may be tired of your job, but either way, you know you have to stay in your job for a little longer at least. So, where does that leave you?
So here is what I want you to think about: the next time you are feeling tired in your job, ask yourself this question: When was I last exceptional in my work?
When did you last do something that was not only required, but went so far above and beyond you got a large sense of satisfaction knowing you had done great work?
Remember that feeling? When you know that what you have done is amazing, and you feel inspired, satisfied, and complete? Remember that burst of energy that you get when you go one step farther than what is expected of you and someone says: “Wow.” And more importantly, you say “wow.”
I share this because it is important. When work makes you tired you often give up a little, and if you value doing a good job that sense of incompleteness only makes you more tired. And you lose what makes you great – you. So doing some of your best work, no matter how trivial the task or frustrating the client, will give you some of yourself back. Your happiness and energy at work come from how happy your are with yourself – so try it. Focus, get involved, and do one thing that is absolutely exceptional today. And then report back!
And that is one (somewhat) easy way to stop feeling tired by your job, and start being awesome. Also, the person who goes the extra mile, who tries hard, and who is always doing exceptional work – that is the person whose career is on fire. Is that you?
I know it is!
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