In everyday life, we all tend to spend a huge portion of our overall available time “in the office,” or otherwise working in a different professional context.
With work taking up such a significant chunk of our lives, it’s always tragic when people find themselves stuck in jobs that are fundamentally unfulfilling to them, and where they don’t have a clear idea of where to turn.
Fortunately, there are various things you can do in order to get more out of your professional life. Here are a few suggestions.
- Keep searching for a company that feels like a good match for you, personally
If you feel that your current job is not a good match for you, you don’t need to either resign yourself to a fate of misery, or else drop everything right here and right now in order to go on a vision quest in the mountains.
In fact, the best approach is almost always going to be to stay in your current role while nonetheless searching for a company and role that does feel like a good match for you, on a personal level.
If you are a practising psychiatrist, this might involve using a good Practice Match service. In any case, different companies often have remarkably different cultures – and there’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself somewhere which is better suited to your personality, as long as you keep actively searching.
- Develop a clear vision of where you want to be in the next few years, and let that motivate your actions and inspire you, going forward
If you just wander through your professional life on autopilot, “going with the flow,” it is almost a sure thing that you will feel that you are aimlessly drifting – because, essentially, you are.
In order to get the most you possibly can out of your professional life, it’s necessary to have a clear vision of where you want to be in the next few years – and to let that vision motivate your actions, and provide inspiration, going forward.
When you are enthusiastic about what the future holds, and are driven to achieve a particular goal, you’ll be able to put up with a lot more everyday frustration, while simultaneously being more optimistic and positive when looking forward.
- Do your best to break the cycle of sleep deprivation and anxiety that so many people put up with every day
It’s an unavoidable fact that many people go through their everyday existences living out what Henry David Thoreau described as “lives of quiet desperation,” particularly in relation to their careers.
By reliable accounts, very few people get enough sleep regularly, almost everyone is caffeine-fuelled, and the ensuing stress and anxiety that comes with this can make any job seem ominous and overwhelming.
Of course, at this exact moment in time, the global COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than enough to exacerbate that issue.
Nonetheless, do your best to break the cycle of sleep deprivation and anxiety that so many people put up with every day, and you will likely find that there’s a lot more to appreciate and be grateful for in your everyday life, than you had originally thought.
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