Are you in a rut with your job? Are you thinking about a change, either within your company or outside of it?
Before you do, take the time to audit your current job. Doing so will tell you what you like and don’t like in a job and may help guide your future choices.
Start by listing everything you love about your job. Is it the flexible work hours? If so, you don’t want to work for a company that requires you to be in the office during set hours. Perhaps, it’s the ability to serve on committees that allow you to learn about other functions within the organization. Whatever the reasons, list them.
Sometimes just reminding yourself about what you enjoy about your job makes it easier to handle the frustrations. I frequently speak about my job to civic groups, and I always get so excited when I talk about the work. It reminds me how much I enjoy it, even with challenges.
What would you change about your job? I started my career as a newspaper reporter. Every day was a new story pursued outside the office. That remains one of my biggest frustrations – feeling cooped up inside an office. To alleviate that feeling, I leave the office at least once a week to meet someone for lunch. That dose of fresh air and a different environment work wonders for me. I’ve also been known to hold team meetings at Starbucks.
What goals do you have for the coming year? Do you want to learn something new? Have you spoken with your supervisor about it? Maybe it’s taking a class after hours and you need to leave an hour early. Don’t assume your supervisor won’t accommodate you.
Once you have set your goals – both the ones you agree to with your supervisor and the extra ones that you may have – be sure to track them. Create a folder to capture your accomplishments. This helps you track your progress and also prepares you for performance reviews. If you’re in the communications field and enter contests, it’s also a great way to prepare your entries.
I set aside time once each quarter to review my progress and adjust my course as needed.
Once you’ve completed your audit, you’ll have a better idea of what is working for you and what isn’t.