Overcoming personal growth ruts at work


Performance Management

From time to time, everyone struggles a little bit with his or her job. You may be feeling overwhelmed by the tasks, or you might start focusing on the negative aspects of your job. These feelings can leave you stuck in a rut where you aren’t able to accomplish as much as you once were. How can you get over these issues?

Focus on Positives
Instead of thinking about how far of a commute you have or how you don’t like one particular task, focus on how well you are paid and how much you enjoy another area of your job. Being grateful for the positive, as opposed to honing in on the negative, can change your entire job perspective.

Managing Tasks
Another reason that people fall into ruts is because they do not know how to manage all of their tasks. They become so overwhelmed that one task just seems to bleed into the next. Get into work a little bit early for the next few days, and start organizing everything that you need to do. Don’t you feel great when you literally cross an item off from your checklist at home? Bring those good vibes into work. Set up a list of everything that you need to do on your computer or a piece of paper. Write the due dates next to them, and then tackle them one by one. You’ll feel so accomplished when you’ve finished one.

Set Goals
In both their personal lives and their business lives, people often forget to set goals for themselves. They graduate college, obtain a master’s degree, get married, buy a house, have a baby and then feel as though they are finished with goals for life. Decide what your work goal is. Perhaps you want to amp up your production numbers, or maybe you are eying the managerial spot that is going to open up within the next few months. Give yourself something to work toward so that you don’t become stagnant in your career.

Focus on You
Sometimes we become so frustrated when we see other people speeding ahead of us at a lightning-like pace. Don’t spend your energy and time being jealous of other people. You have a role in the company that is important too. Yes, you should certainly set goals, but if you don’t meet them, evaluate how you can perform better. Learn to turn your weaknesses into strengths instead of comparing your own faults and shortcomings to the strengths of another person. Not everyone is always going to have the exact same position and responsibilities. You’ll put unnecessary stress and pressure on yourself if you think otherwise.

As mentioned earlier, everyone feels a little bit down from time to time. However, you cannot allow these feelings to take over your life as this is where the problems begin. Focus on a plan that helps you to become a better you. Look at what is positive in your job and access your strengths; use these two components as your driving force when you’re in a rut.
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