Ever felt so shitty about work that you want to quit? A couple of weeks ago I was getting there. So I stopped. I soul-searched and made changes that have me super-charged and ready to create again. Here are the 5 Ways To Feel LESS shitty about work, it's for everyone: freelancers, doctors, grave diggers, strippers- everyone needs an occasional work reboot!
1. Re-Do Your Business Plan, Soul-Search, Evaluate
I re-did my Track This! workbook (highly recommended!), set new goals, and established a new direction for my brand. I love gardening/whole living/healthy living and thrifting/frugality but I realized above all I'm an artist and need to focus on art and creativity in every part of my brand.
I even used the realization to make a new banner for Etsy that I'm highly pleased with! The antique mall booths are getting a similar facelift next! Likewise, if you feel stuck you may need to re-evaluate the direction you're moving in with your job and change course.
2. Forgive Yourself for Not Doing it All. Take Some Off Your Plate
I realized I'm frustrated because I'm trying to run an antique mall booth, work with clients on designs/marketing, work part time at a raw vegan kitchen, improve my blog quality, and run a successful e-commerce biz with Etsy all while trying my best to improve quality and change direction...yeah. No. This weekend I let my mall booth sit un-updated so I could focus on other projects and was far less stressed this week. It's better to focus on 1-3 projects and do them well, then move on to others than doing it all simultaneously yet half-assed.
The Edgewood Community Garden, helped break it in this Saturday. Photo by Our Fertile Earth.
3. Get Active, Be an Activist, Walk, Move
You cannot be a creator, innovate, or re-fresh your brain without changing your environment and indulging in new experiences. This past week I helped start a permaculture community garden in a retirement center, had lunch at my favorite beach, and dug into piles of my favorite magazines at the book store. Turn off the computer, move away from your usual work space, walk, run, and get your mojo flowing!
4. Choose a Bigger Mission
I want to write more about this later, but creating a mission bigger than just making money or just doing what your boss says is another way to feel so much more fulfilled about work. I have a mission to help people feel happy, healthy, and creative and to live outside the status quo.
5. Clean and Re-Decorate Your Workspace
I realized one part of my frustration was that I'd let my strict organization system slip and my home design was stagnant. Now I'm cleaning the place top the bottom and re-arranging for efficiency and it's already made me feel SO much better about work. It can be as simple as moving the placement of your computer on the desk!
Thanks for all your feedback, it's really helped me think up new solutions and feel fresh and excited about work again.
What do YOU do to keep your work mojo going? Let's discuss in the comments!