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Stuck in a Career Rut? Read This!

While establishing some level of routine in your day-to-day can be comforting, when the commonplace becomes the norm, it’s easy to end up in a rut. Often, when this happens, it’s difficult to stay motivated and inspired. At times, you may even feel trapped.

Everyone ends up in a bit of a career rut on occasion. But, if the monotony has become the new norm, it may be time to take action. If you’re ready to bust out of that career rut, here are some tips to get you started.

Modify Your Routine

Though you might not be able to control what tasks need to be accomplished during the day, that doesn’t mean you can’t modify your routine. Look for ways to shake things up a bit, even if it is tackling your usual morning work in the afternoon and vice versa.

You can also branch out in other ways. For example, consider striking up conversations with coworkers you don’t usually collaborate with or attend a lunchtime seminar that could relate to your career (even in the future). You’ll get a chance to meet and network with new people, and it may be just what you need to break free of your rut.

Identify Tasks That Excite You

Even if you have sunk deep into your routine, that doesn’t mean that every duty you’ve taken on leaves you feeling uninspired. If you’re passionate about certain portions of your work, try to identify those tasks, and see if there is a way that you can do more of those things, and less of the others.

You can talk to your manager about the duties that you enjoy most and see if you can swing more of your day in that direction. Or, if your part of a collaborative team, discuss it with your coworkers and see if what you love is something that leaves someone else feeling drained. If so, you may be able to coordinate a sharing of the team’s tasks that better suits you both.

Seek Out New Opportunities

Sometimes, the best way to break out of a rut is to make a significant change, like finding a new position. If you have specific duties you enjoy, use that as a starting point and seek out roles that allow you to do more of that and less of the things that leave you wanting. If you don’t relish any part of your job, use this as a guide for what you don’t want in your next position, and seek out options that provide you with the feeling of inspiration you crave.

Remember, once you land in a rut, the more you stick with the routine, the harder it is to break away. If you are ready to make a change by finding a new job, the professionals at CPS Recruitment can connect you with some of today’s top employers. Contact us today to see how our services can help you leave that career rut behind.

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