The Best Way to Recapture How Excited You Felt When You Started Your Job

When you landed this job, you were thrilled—schedule a celebratory dinner, call your entire family, shout it from the rooftops thrilled.

But after months (or years), it feels like a grind. You post a different #TGIF meme every week and you’re familiar with the Sunday scaries.

To be clear: You’re not miserable, or ready to throw in the towel and look for a new role. It’s not like you’re asked to meet impossible goals or dread reporting to your boss.

It’s just that your work has lost its luster, and you’re not excited about your job anymore.

Translation: You’re stuck in a rut.

And the classic advice: “Talk to your boss,” “work on a project on a different team,” “make new work friends,” can feel unrealistic when your plate’s pretty jam-packed as is.

The trick to making this advice work is to shift your mindset.

To recapture that feeling when you were starting at your company—pretend you’re new once again. Back then, you were introducing yourself to new people, asking lots of questions, and inquiring how different teams worked together to advance the mission (so I know you can do it).

In other words, it’s an expectation game. When you were pushing yourself to stretch out of your comfort zone and do new things, you did. But now, you’re probably pressuring yourself to be as productive as possible; and making time to connect with new colleagues, research a pet project, or learn a new skill fall into the category of things you keep pushing off until you have time.