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How to Start Saying “I Love My Job”

By: Mariah Rogers
Feb 9, 2021 • 6 min read

How to Start Saying “I Love My Job”

If every day feels the same and your work tasks no longer inspire you, it can be hard to be happy with your current position as a professional. Everyone gets into a slump at work every now and then, but if you’ve been feeling like you’re in a rut with your work-life for a while, it might be time to focus on changing your attitude. This is no easy task! There is no magic spell that will help you “snap out of it,” unfortunately. It’s time to instead start falling in love with your job all over again. The people, the culture, and the work itself! Here is how to start saying “I love my job” so that you can reconnect with your professional passions.

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Focus on The Positive

Changing your attitude about your job can be tough, especially if you are conditioned to focus on the negative aspects of work. When you aren’t in love with your job, finding positives in your work tasks can seem almost impossible. When you make an active effort to focus more on the positive parts of your day, your mood will drastically increase! Start small. Try to identify just three things you enjoy doing at work and focus on these activities. You can even chat with your boss and find out if there is a way you can do more of these tasks. Finding out what you enjoy is part of growing as a professional. As you spend more time at your company, you are bound to find new projects that spark your interest! Focus on these and go from there. This is a fantastic way to start.

When focusing on the positive, try to:

  • Do the tasks you love the most when you first arrive to work. This will ensure each day starts off on a good note!
  • Ask your boss about possibilities to take on more projects you love. Your management team should want you to feel productive and happy at work!
  • Try to collaborate with coworkers on tasks you don’t find particularly enjoyable. This way, the time will go by faster, and you might discover a new love for this area of work!

Do Something New Every Day

If your days feel mundane and repetitive, this can lead you to fall out of love with work. When you’re performing the same tasks every day, your shifts can drag and feel extra boring! Work is all about challenging yourself and experiencing new situations every single day. If you are in a rut and feel like your days just keep repeating themselves, it can be hard to love what you do as a professional. To help change this, try to do something new every day while in the workplace. This can mean trying out a standing desk, ordering lunch from a new restaurant, helping customers who are not your regular clients, or trying to create a new display for the front of your store!

Trying new things is all about challenging yourself and daring to branch outside of your comfort zone. This might seem scary at first, but it will have a tremendous impact on your overall happiness at work. You might even notice yourself growing and learning new skills along the way! If you feel as though you’ve reached a plateau at work, try to spice things up during your next shift.

Challenge yourself to try new things at work, such as:

  • Collaborating with coworkers you are unfamiliar with.
  • Asking for feedback and applying these critiques accordingly.
  • Sit somewhere new during lunch.
  • Ask a new colleague to grab afternoon coffee with you.
  • Structure your day differently.
  • Volunteer to work on a project that challenges you.
  • Make it a goal to learn a new skill by the end of the week.

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Find Purpose in Your Productivity

No matter what industry you work in, going into the office allows us to feel as though we serve a purpose. After all, if you weren’t making an impact on the company, your boss would have never posted the job description! The projects you complete and the customers you assist while on the clock make a difference not only for the company but for the community you work in, too.

If you work at a grocery store, your duties as a cashier might not feel essential. However, without you, no one would be able to purchase food to feed their families!

If you work in a retail store, you help clothe others so that they can be professional and confident in their everyday lives. You might even help a customer pick out the perfect gift for a loved one!

Whatever your job might be, it is important to recognize the purpose of your position at work. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and customers would not be able to utilize the company’s services if it wasn’t for you! Remind yourself of this and watch as you fall in love with your job all over again.

Finding purpose in your profession:

  • Form connections with your customers.
  • Remind yourself why your job is important.
  • Encourage other coworkers and reassure them that their effort is valued. (This can actually help boost your happiness at work!)
  • Ask for feedback from management so that you can grow and improve your process at work.

Remember Why You Applied to The Position

If you’re feeling like you’re in a rut with work, try to remind yourself why you applied to the position. Way back during the application process, what made you attracted to this specific job posting? Was it the location? The short commute? Was it the pay and bonuses, or maybe the company culture?

Remind yourself of why you chose to say “yes” to your current employment opportunity. What about this specific job made you excited to join the team? Whatever the reason is, it likely sparked inspiration for you at the very beginning.

If things have changed since you joined the company, which they likely will, you have the freedom to re-assess your employment with the company. You can outgrow a job! This is completely normal. It’s important to know when it is your time to move on and start a new job search journey.

Remind yourself why you applied to your current position:

  • Salary & benefits package.
  • Company culture.
  • Workplace attributes.
  • Team environment.
  • Management/good boss.
  • Opportunity for growth within the company.
  • Recommendation from a colleague who you trust.

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Focus on Building Relationships With Customers and Colleagues

Building relationships with customers and colleagues at work can make your time on the clock much more exciting! Remember to always keep your workplace chatter professional and appropriate, but there is no reason why you can’t get to know your coworkers better in order to boost collaboration and trust! Talk about your weekend plans, new products your store received, a new movie you saw, or anything else that’s on your mind. Feeling comfortable having a conversation with your coworkers will make working on projects together feel much more natural!

Many establishments experience frequent visits from customers they call “regulars”. These are loyal shoppers who come into the store on a regular basis, and someone you might see almost every day! Try to build a stronger relationship with these customers next time they come into your workplace. Ask them how they are doing, and form genuine conversations while they shop. This is a way to go above and beyond in your customer service skills, too! Simply saying “Can I help you with anything?” is a thing of the past. Your friendly attitude might even make new customers turn into regular visitors!

Build relationships by:

  • Being friendly and welcoming in the workplace.
  • Offering to help customers find what they need.
  • Making eye-contact and showing genuine care for shoppers.
  • Go above and beyond when assisting customers with special requests.
  • Remember topics from previous conversations so you can bring them up when you see this customer again.
  • Take extra care to be attentive and find solutions to any problems customers might have.

Find Activities You Love Outside of The Workplace

Discovering new hobbies and activities you love outside of the workplace is a great way to boost your overall happiness while on the job. It might sound strange, but having other interests can make your time at work more enjoyable! You will have an exciting activity to look forward to after you clock out, or maybe you just finished doing something you love before arriving at your shift. Life is all about finding balance. So focus on balancing your work and personal lives and see if your overall mood at work improves!

You can even ask coworkers and colleagues to join you in these fun activities. For example, maybe you have found that taking a walk around the premises really boosts your mood during your lunch break! Ask a friend to join you next time.

Or, maybe you discovered a new podcast that really interests you. It could be funny or educational, or something totally random! Share this discovery with a colleague you are close with so that you can share thoughts on new episodes and bond over a shared interest. While this is not related to the task at hand, having other interests might help you begin to love your job again.

Hobbies and activities include:

  • Exercise! Either group or solo.
  • Movies, video games, websites.
  • Music, podcasts, books.
  • Gardening, singing, playing piano!
  • & So many more!

Are you ready to say “I love my job”, again?! If you use any of these tips to rekindle your passion for work, let us know in the comments below!

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