If you’re feeling a little less than enamored with your day job lately, you’re not alone. The rate at which people are leaving their jobs and growing dissatisfied professionally has risen steadily since the onset of the pandemic. Perhaps you’re deciding whether or not you should join in on the resignations, but hold on. Before you give up that day job, and your nice steady paycheck, consider these tips to turn it around:

  1. Try to Fall Back in Love With Your Job. Just like a relationship with anyone else, you have a relationship with your job, your co-workers, and your boss. See if you can improve this flailing relationship by talking about your options, working to improve relationships, and reinvigorating time spent at work.
  2. Check on Your Self-Care. Sometimes it’s not really the job, it’s us. We’re tired. We’re not getting enough sleep or exercise, and we aren’t taking time to do the things that we love. That’s on us. We have to get control of our schedules and make our own self-care a priority. No one else is going to do that for us. So eat your veggies, get enough sleep, go for that run, and make time for the activities that make your heart sing.
  3. What Can You Do To Make It Better? Ask yourself what would make you feel happier about your current position. Perhaps you can restructure your day to include more of the tasks that you enjoy or assign yourself fresh projects that invigorate you. The same old routine on the job can lead to disatisfaction for anyone. Do what you can to mix it up and find more joy at work.
  4. Can You Change Roles? Maybe you are just kind of bored with the same old position. Perhaps you can switch roles in your current organization without having to resign. New job, same company. The devil you know is often better than the one that you don’t. See what openings you can apply to so that you can dive into something new (without changing companies entirely).
  5. Is Entrepreneurship an Option? Maybe you want to do something that you have always dreamed about. Perhaps you want to start your own business and make your mark on the world. Start thinking about which businesses and industries might be a good match for your skills, interests, and expertise. Research outlook and competitors to get a better idea of what making this jump would entail. Becoming an entrepreneur is not for everyone, but it sure works well for those of us who want to try something new and gain better control over our professional paths.