I have fallen out of love with my new work. Or maybe I am just disillusioned from this whole work-from-home thing.
Regardless of what I’m actually going through right now, here’s what’s going through my mind right now: That was fast.
Also, I realized that the type of writing I’m doing at my new work (which I started doing only last March) does not touch my soul. It’s not my art. And reading my output for the past few projects, I don’t think it touches others’ souls as well. Though, they’re quite impressive. But, it's not our job to impress, right?
Still, I’m sticking with my work because I know I haven’t exerted all my effort and I have yet to contribute my whole self to our projects and to our team. I have yet to pour out my heart as I spent the first three months learning from my teammates and doing what I’m told. After all, they have been doing this far longer than I have.
But, three months in, I feel like I can finally make my mark. More importantly, I feel like I can finally make a difference not only in our clients’ businesses and lives, but also in the lives of my teammates. Yes, possibly even the world through our clients’ businesses.
Maybe you’re thinking about leaving your day job right now. Don’t do it just yet.
Though I have yet to try these tips as well, here’s what I think you should do before leaving your day job:
- Wake up and work earlier. Sometimes, all we have to do to feel better about our jobs is to actually do better. Going to work earlier is one thing we can do which we can measure right away and measure objectively. Your boss can tell you you’re not doing a good job. But, he or she can’t tell you that you’re not showing up (and showing up on time).
- Be human again. Don’t try to be another soulless employee in a soulless company. Say, thank you, sorry, or whatever it is that makes you human. Laugh, cry, make friends, or be vulnerable. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it makes you human (and as long as you’re still getting things done).
- Own your work. Pour your whole self—your personality, your beliefs, and your ideas—into what you do. Contribute your whole self to the work that you’re doing. Don’t do just what you’re told. Do more than required if necessary. Most of the time, no one is actually stopping us from contributing, except ourselves. But in case someone does, then that’s the time you should think about moving on. Don’t stick with a job that doesn’t allow you to be your true self, to contribute.
- Ask. Ask your boss what it takes to be promoted. (Credit to my wonderful girlfriend for this idea. Thank you.) Ask your boss whether you’re doing a good job or not. Don’t wait until the evaluation process to know how you’re doing. Most of the time, you won’t like it. If you don’t know what to do, ask. Don’t be afraid to ask. Be vulnerable. Being vulnerable is what makes us human.
Let’s try these four tips together. If you have something to add, I'm opening up my comments section just for this post. I'd love to connect with you and learn from you. I'd also love to include your tips in a future post.
Shall we do a much better job?