Most of us spend more than half of our waking time doing our job. A job gives us professional growth, a purpose, and money to live the kind of life we want. However, work can get monotonous and it’s easy to look at the downside making you feel unhappy about your job. If you’ve been feeling low about the work that you do, here are 5 way to fall back in love with your job.

1. Take time to reflect

You go to work every day, do pretty much the same things, and get back home with a sense of emptiness. While routines do help you become more productive, they also instill a sense of boredom and monotony in your life. If you have been doing the same work for a long period of time, maybe it’s time for you to take a break. Maybe a sabbatical or a couple of weeks off will help you disconnect and get a better perspective on life and how you want to live it. You can use this time to think, analyse and reflect. When you get back to work, you will have a renewed sense of purpose and find ways to do things differently.

2. Be creative with your approach

Ask yourself when was the last time your enjoyed your work and if your work is adding to the kind of life you want to live. If you can’t find a good enough answer, maybe you’re in the wrong job. You take up a particular job for a reason and usually do have a liking for some of the things you do in our job. But most of time, you end up doing mundane things like reports and presentations. The problem lies is how you view these tasks. Bring back some creativity into your work by trying to do things a little differently and see how things can change for you.

3. Ask for what you want

When people are unhappy with their job and they know the reason why, many a times they do not speak up to their superiors assuming their bosses know what they want and are ignoring them, but it’s just as likely that everyone’s caught up in their own little worlds. It is these unmet and unsaid expectations that lead to tensions and eventually to a fall out. Instead of assuming that your manager is aware of the issues you are facing at work, have a discussion with him and make your case. Also, don’t just point out mistakes but offer solutions. That way you are being clear about expectations and positioning yourself as a problem-solver.

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4. Do real work

Today, a job feels like it’s an endless marathon of meetings and email correspondence. At the end of the day, you don’t really feel like you have accomplished much and that eventually weighs down on you. When you’re feeling low, look at the big picture. Meetings and emails are necessary tools to do your job, but they are not the job itself. Schedule time in your calendar to do the things that will help you move towards your goals. If your work is contributing to a larger project, get to understand exactly how your role is making a difference and take the efforts to create a better impact. This will make your work far more satisfying.

5. Change that which you can control

There will always be circumstances that are beyond your control. Whether it’s your client, your boss, your company policies or the way your performance is evaluated. By constantly fighting against such external factors, you only make yourself unhappy in your job. Try to deliver quality work on time when it comes to clients and if your boss is unhappy with your work, schedule a meeting and find out what you can do better. Look at what changes your can bring about in your own work and life to keep yourself happy. Ultimately, that’s the only thing you actually can do for your happiness.