Are you exhausted at work?
I’m so tired when I get to work.
I’m so tired at the end of my workday.
I’m exhausted, and yet I can’t remember what I did or what I accomplished.
Does this sound like you? You had a great weekend. You felt wonderful and recharged. Perhaps you spent some time doing something you really love or spending time with your favorite people. But then Monday morning comes and before you’ve even pulled out of the driveway toward work your energy level shifts and dissipates.
You start thinking about your day and the week ahead and suddenly, you’re drained.
You get to work and plow through the tasks ahead. Perhaps you have a few uplifting moments in a conversation with a colleague, or you experience a brief surge of energy during a project you enjoy, but for most of the day, it feels like an uphill battle to stay engaged. You lack excitement, motivation, and interest to do the next thing or attend the next meeting.
You wonder – Am I depressed? Am I frustrated? Am I bored?
There could be many potential reasons for the way that you’re feeling, but often we neglect the underlying issue that is speaking to us. Misalignment.
Misalignment exists when the work that you’re doing is completely severed from work that engages your natural strengths and interests.
The first place to start is self-awareness. I say it often- if you really want to enjoy life and excel as a leader, you must consistently evaluate who you are, what gets you going, and what drains you or triggers you toward anger, sadness, and frustration.
I believe a common challenge people experience in the workplace is a disconnect between their passion and natural behavioral preferences and their work reality.
Each of us is built differently.
Some people love a constant challenge. Some people prefer a steady work environment. Others are risk-takers that shake up the status quo and drive innovation. Others are systematic who prefer predictability. They get fired up by establishing processes and procedures that sustain efficiency and ensure that things are done right. Others see rules as mere suggestions!
We all have preferences for our work environment as well.
Some prefer to fly solo while others do their best work within collaboration and a team. If you are in an environment that’s extremely fast-paced and changing constantly, but that’s not your preferred speed or approach then frustration is inevitable. If you have a highly creative mind and love brainstorming out-of-the-box solutions but your organization is highly structured and provides zero opportunity for you to interface with others and provide input, you may need to rethink that role, department, or that company.
There is no right way or wrong way- there is simply the way that allows for you to be your very best. I fully believe that when we do the work we love, or we learn to love the work we do, we thrive!
Next time you find yourself drained or lacking motivation, ask yourself:
- WHAT IS MY PREFERRED METHOD OF WORK?
- WHAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT DO I ENJOY?
- WHAT PACE IS IMPORTANT TO ME?
- WHAT VALUES ARE IMPORTANT TO ME IN A COMPANY?
- HOW DO I LIKE TO INTERACT AT WORK?
When you gain clarity on your personal preferences you can then determine if you’re capable of adapting to your current role or environment, or if it’s better to adjust your environment by finding a better professional fit.
For more insight on this subject, you may want to consider a few assessments to “open the door” to greater clarity of what gives you energy in your work, personal, and community endeavors.
- DISC Assessment: DISC is the most widely used behavioral assessment tool, adopted by organizations around the world to improve teamwork and understand different communication and behavior styles. People love it because of its simplistic foundation thus making it more intuitive and easy to recall and adopt.
- Strengths 2.0: Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. Strengths 2.0 will identify your top 5 talent themes with recommendations to leverage them more for greater fulfillment and easier success in what you do.
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