As much as you may love your sales job, the shine and luster may dull in time. Any number of stressors – or even a humdrum routine – can cause your passion to sap and your enthusiasm to dry up.
In the long run, you may need to change jobs or even embark on a new career path. But for the short term, there are a number of steps you can take to keep things fresh and to continue loving your sales job.
Learn a new skill.
To create some spark, try learning a new skill that will increase your value as a salesperson. At the very least, you’ll feel recharged and have a solid addition to your resume. And it may even result in a promotion or salary bump for your increased contribution.
Talk to your manager.
Schedule time with your boss to discuss your career path and growth opportunities. Make sure they understand your goals and aspirations. Request assistance in realizing them. Your manager may have been unaware that you’re ready for more challenge or diverse responsibilities.
Give yourself a break.
Take a pocket of time to get away from work and do something you enjoy. If you can, take a vacation or at least a long weekend. Unplug from the daily hustle and bustle. You may actually find yourself looking forward to getting back.
- On a smaller scale, take short breathers during the work day. Take a brief walk or practice some deep breathing exercises. If it’s feasible, get outside – especially during sunny summer days. Pack a bag lunch and eat it at a nearby park or push for a picnic table on company grounds. Your co-workers will thank you, which will make you feel even better!
Build a support system.
Take time to connect with colleagues who share backgrounds or lifestyles similar to yours. Especially when trying to get required tasks done becomes monotonous or stressful, it can be easy to check out or go on autopilot. If you sense this happening, take a few moments to engage with someone – preferably in person, but on email if that’s your only option.
Learn to have more fun. Laugh more and chill out.
Create a manageable schedule for yourself. When you feel overwhelmed, it stifles your creativity and pours cold water on your passion. Plan your time and make to-do lists.
Make your workspace your own.
You spend a lot of time at work. Make your space your own. Decorate and personalize it, without going overboard or violating any company policies. Make yourself as comfortable and relaxed as possible at work.
Create a positive mindset.
Identify the best things about your job, such as your favorite accounts or projects. Focusing on them will make your work more enjoyable, versus worrying about the negatives.
- Keep personal problems personal. When you’re preoccupied, it’s hard to concentrate or be enthused about your work. Keep things in perspective. Nobody’s life is problem free. Just as you need to let go of work to enjoy your personal time, it’s important to leave personal worries at home so you can focus on work.
Whether you need to reenergize your current sales job or launch a strategy to find your next great career opportunity, the CPS Recruitment® team can help. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.