How To Pick Yourself Up When You’ve Hit A Rough Patch In Your Career Trajectory By ​​Jess Salamanca

We’ve all been there – waking up without the energy to go to work or work on your own business. The Monday blues hit us as we’re not looking forward to the week ahead. We count down the hours until we can switch off on a Friday. We’ve been doing the same old job for months or years, and we can do it with our eyes shut – bringing no excitement at all.

But what if you could learn to love Mondays? What if you could wake up full of excitement and looking forward to work? Here, powerhouse Jess Salamanca of Banana Scoops explains her top 5 tips on how to pick yourself up when you’ve hit a rough patch.

Go back to your why

Aligning yourself back with your purpose and why you’ve either chosen that work career or why you’ve started your own business is key. Reconnecting with your purpose can itself give you a new sense of motivation but it can also unearth hidden values and priorities you have that you weren’t aware of, giving you the clarity of what your next move should be. 

Take a break

The past 18 months have been an emotional rollercoaster and with work and life-changing so much, we all need a little break. There’s a big difference between long-term self-care and short-term, and whilst taking a bath or going for a walk in nature are great things to do routinely, we’d really recommend working on your long-term self-care here.  Try taking some time off work (maybe a week or so) and try to stay completely disconnected from work – turning your laptop and notifications off. There’s no pressure on how to use this time, but reflecting on what you want your career to look like can give you the direction you need.

Set some goals

A ‘goal’ can feel a little intimidating because often when referring to them we speak in the context of long-term, umbrella goals. However, this doesn’t always need to be the case and you can easily set career-related goals so you have something to look forward to. For example, you can set yourself a daily habit to help structure your day, i.e. ‘answer five emails by 10am’ or you can aim higher and opt for something like ‘get a promotion in 6 months or ‘re-train in a new career area in the two years’. And don’t forget to keep those goals visible – if you can’t see them, you can’t achieve them.

Set boundaries 

You can’t be available to work 24/7. It just isn’t healthy and sooner or later you’ll end up burning out. It can be hard to switch off though, so help yourself out by setting boundaries. Bothered by your phone going off every 30 seconds? Switch off your notifications. Or, even better, get yourself a separate work phone. With emails, allocate a set time to answer them each day and, unless urgent, take the pressure off and allow yourself to answer them within 24 hours instead of 6. These small changes can make a big difference and will give you the freedom to enjoy your downtime. 

Have a chat with your boss

You’d be surprised at how much small changes can impact your day-to-day life. Try and think about what changes you need to see to revive your motivation and have an honest conversation with your boss about how the business can help you. Maybe it’s a new work routine, more flexible hours, a new training budget, a slightly different job description… it may be that your boss simply hasn’t seen the issue and is very happy to accommodate. And don’t forget, if you’re a business owner, you are your own boss so you might have to have a serious conversation with yourself!

Maybe it’s time to move on

Sometimes, it’s simply time to move on. Try a new industry or job path, start your own business, our recommendation would be to stick to your current job until you have a good idea as to what you want to do next. You don’t want to jump ship before you know where you’re landing next!

Whatever you choose to do next, remember that spending some time really digging deep and finding out what you want your next career move to be, can make all the difference. Trust your gut, come up with a plan and say hello to Monday mornings with a smile!