Question of the Day:
I start off my day energized but by the time I’ve been at work for an hour, I’m drained. I’ve noticed this is a trend. I can’t afford to just leave my job and I’m not sure what else I would do. I’m starting to feel trapped in my regular routine. Any ideas?
First take a look at what happens in that first hour after you arrive at work and see if there is anything specific you can identify that might be causing your energy drain. Also look at what takes place in getting ready for work and on your drive into work. It could be a combination of things that are happening that reach a peak in the first hour after you arrive at work.
Feeling trapped and thinking you can’t afford to leave your job can be a real stresser. One way to get an idea of where you stand is take a piece of paper and draw a line down the center of the page and put the positives of your job on one side and the negatives on the other. First see if the positives outweigh the negatives. Next, with a little repositioning and a few changes, see if some of the negatives can be turned into positives. Ask yourself, “if this happened would I want to stay in my job or still want to leave?”. If you decide to staying is an option, you want to start making the changes or working with others to bring them about as soon as possible so you are encouraged that change is possible. You could keep a journal of your progress. One of the keys is to expect positive change can happen and realize you have choices and control over your life’s circumstances.
If you decide after you look at everything you really want to leave, make a plan of how it might be possible that you could change jobs. The list should contain practical steps as well as desires. No matter how small the step it will provide a sense of moving forward. Making plans on where you want to go, what you want to do next and then taking steps in that direction will ease the stress of feeling trapped. Everything is not dependent on what is obvious.
Do the best job you can while you are in your current job, even while making plans for the future. Take what steps you can and you will find that opportunities will appear and doors will open where you least expected.
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