If you've been in your job for a few years, chances are you would have thought of quitting and looking for something new.
But before you do, take a step back and think about whether it's you or the job.
Yes, job duties may have remained the same for awhile, but it's also up to you to change how you operate in your job or manage your own expectations.
Also, re-examine your own performance and energy level in the job and find out whether it's other external factors which are affecting your attitude toward work.
Forbes.com came up with ten ways to change your job into one you truly love. These tips are not only useful, they are easy to carry out too.
1. Negotiate changes in your job duties
Speak to your supervisor about the kind of work you are doing.
Would you like to do something different? Or do you think your talents are not being utilised in the current job description?
If you are over / underworked, then sound it out to your supervisor.
But make sure you have something in mind – a solution or an alternative – to raise to your supervisor before you approach him/her.
2. Work with other people
Involve other people in your work rather than work with the usual ones.
Move around and ask for different perspectives from other colleagues who you don’t usually work with.
This may let you have a fresh perspective on the projects you are working on.
3. Seek synergy
If you find that you enjoy working with certain people and can work well with them, find opportunities to work with them more.
If your work involves external parties, foster good relationships with them so that issues can be ironed out quickly and easily.
4. Work in another team / department
If you with to make a transfer, then think about what aspects you are good in and where you can contribute to your company before deciding on a destination department.
Better yet, it may be a department which is up and coming; you may learn new skills there.
5. Find a confidant
There’s always a time when you feel frustrated by how things are going and want to let off steam. Find a friend or a mentor and seek their advice on what to do.
6. Make the most of your free time
One’s daylight hours are almost entirely consumed by work, so try to make the most of your remaining hours. Spend time with your loved ones, get enough sleep and leave abit of quiet time for yourself. Work-life balance is very important.
7. Don’t neglect diet and fitness
Eating well and regular exercise can increase energy levels and alertness at work.
A positive mood can contribute to your work productivity and also make you more pleasant to work with.
Allocate 45min to one hour each day (exercise should be done daily, if not at least three times a week) to doing exercises which make you sweat / build up fitness
But don’t over-exercise until the point of exhaustion or until your muscle aches don’t let you perform at work.
8. Adjust your daily schedule
If certain personal commitments are very important to you e.g. sending one’s children to school or looking after elderly parents, speak to your supervisor and try to work them into your schedule.
9. Personalise your work space
Spruce up your work space with little things that cheer you up .e.g photos of your spouse, children, favourite ornaments or things that are of meaning to you.
Colourful items can play a large part in cheering up an otherwise-conventional work station.
Putting a cushion or back rest for your office chair, or a wrist rest can also make you more comfortable while working.
10. Prune the backlog
Set aside time to clear your email. Sort through the important ones and reply them first.
Those which require other parties’ inputs should also be forwarded to them. Follow up on the non-urgent ones later.
Play around with your smartphone or personal computer to find apps which can help you stay organised.