Recently I have joined the community of readers on Twitter and Instagram who read and post about the routine of their new life after college. This group of young professionals face the new reality of being cubicle dwellers – spending almost one-third of their lives at work surrounded by four fake walls. I remember these days – it felt a lot like being a freshman in a dorm – the lack of privacy minus the fun. Many of you are faced with mundane and entry level tasks for hours on end and are experiencing a new boredom and tiredness from the routine of having to go into the office – every day, every week- no breaks.
I encourage you to get up and walk around with purpose. Create a mission each day to learn something new by networking with someone in a different department, ask to be included in a task force or committee where you will work on a special project, or as one follower commented in #postgradlife, live on the edge and go to the bathroom on a different floor. Walk by and observe what is on bulletin boards and say hello to someone new.
The best way to stay motivated is to have multiple short-term projects along with your daily or monthly work. If 50 to 80% of your job repeats on a routine basis, then you should break up the routine with other assignments that only last 2 to 3 months. Part of managing yourself is being able to manage up. If your boss doesn’t prepare assignments in this manner take it upon yourself to ask him for some project work. This will ensure that you’re constantly learning something new or have an opportunity to build a skill set in a new area. When you spend so much time in one place, over 40 hours a week, you should enjoy it, or work will become boring and depressing.
For more tips on how to stay fresh, pick up my ebook First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates. Here is a link to Amazon, Ingram and B&N. www.hlpsum1.com/first-job.html