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Being in a career rut happens to everyone at some point in time. Even the most exciting job in the world can feel monotonous after a while. If you stay in the same job for too long, you’ll end up feeling stuck there. We naturally crave opportunities to learn and develop, and if those opportunities aren’t there, we feel stuck. The good news is that getting out of a career rut is easily achievable, you just have to put in a bit of work.
Get out of your comfort zone.
The first step to take is to get out of your comfort zone. Doing things the same way you’ve been doing them will only make you feel even more stuck. The reason you feel like you’re in a career rut has a lot to do with staying well within your comfort zone. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but in order to make a change you have to leave that safety net you’ve created for yourself. It’s a big step to take, but will have the greatest impact in turning your career rut into a career track. You can’t sit around waiting for something to happen, you have to take charge and make it happen.
Set a goal and create a game plan.
To get out of a career rut, you need to have a goal to achieve and a plan to reach it. Setting a goal gives you something to work towards and will help you stay motivated. Once your goal is set, identify what you need to do to achieve it. Create your game plan by outlining action items, a timeline, and the steps you need to take. This can include things like enhancing your online presence, updating your resume, or attending networking events. To really see the progress and to ensure you get out of your rut, it’s imperative to hold yourself accountable throughout this process. If you’re struggling here, find an accountability buddy to keep you on track.
Don’t be afraid to take a risk to turn your situation around. By taking risks, you’ll be challenging yourself and breaking up the monotony of your daily routine. This ties into stepping out of your comfort zone and can also be a part of your game plan. The key here is to stretch yourself outside of the box you’ve been working in. If you feel stuck but don’t feel ready to ask for a promotion, ask anyway. If you’ve had your eyes on a job you don’t think you’re fully qualified for, apply anyway. There’s no harm in trying, and you never know how taking a risk can end up paying off.
Don’t go it alone.
While it’s ultimately on you to get yourself out of a rut, you can’t do it entirely alone. Get advice or just talk things over with a mentor, find a sponsor, attend networking events, talk to your friends. Every person you meet could potentially help you out of your rut. You never know who will be instrumental in helping you find your next opportunity, so don’t be shy. Be direct and ask for what you’re looking for.
Switch up your daily routine.
Changing your daily routine will lead to improvements in both work and life. Even a small change, like getting up ten minutes earlier or checking your emails after you’ve read the news, will make an impact. The simple act of doing something differently will help you break the patterns you’ve fallen into. It’s easy to find yourself going through your day on autopilot, moving from one task to the next without much regard to how you’re doing things. The days all blend together, with a short break on the weekend, then back to the grind on Monday. Break the cycle by challenging yourself to change one thing each morning, afternoon, and evening, and see how it impacts your entire day.
At the end of the day, the best person to get yourself out of a career rut is you – so take charge and do just that. In addition to the five steps outlined above, invest in your professional development to ensure that you’re always growing and learning. This will help ward off feelings of being stuck in a rut and you’ll gain skills you can use both now and in the future.
December 22, 2018 at 05:17PM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs