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4. You’re underwhelmed.
You may not be challenged enough by your current responsibilities. Either you’ve become too efficient and quick at completing your tasks, or you haven’t been given demanding assignments.
It’s your responsibility to speak up so change can occur. Your manager may not know you’re ready for more. Don’t be afraid of having too much work to do.
Before your boss notices that you’re sluggish and bored, ask for new assignments. Better yet, put on your innovation hat and make suggestions for your own job-enrichment program.
5. You’re overwhelmed.
We sometimes withdraw from everything in an attempt to control chaos and stress. What looks like lack of commitment and disengagement is actually an effort to distance ourselves from feeling overwhelmed.
If you cannot manage your responsibilities, figure out which areas are keeping you “stuck.” Ask for help. Your peers, colleagues and boss can often provide assistance. Talking with them may yield new insights and tips.
Rather than letting inertia take over and falling further behind, speak up.
6. You don’t like your job.
When certain aspects of your job irritate or fail to interest you, you’ll likely disengage. Perhaps your real strengths and talents lie elsewhere. You simply may not be a good fit for your job, no matter how great said job is supposed to be.
Discuss the situation with your manager, and explore the causes. Together, you may be able to redesign your job to fit your strengths, rather than waste your time trying to perform tasks for which you’re not suited.
Don’t let the situation continue for too long. The more you delay, the more dissatisfied you will become – and this can create resentment among you, your team members and your boss.
It’s easy to dismiss critical “stuck points” in your career as temporary boredom. In actuality, boredom is a sign that you need to do something else. Don’t let it become habitual. The longer it lasts, the harder it is to get “unstuck.”
In the end, boredom can seriously undermine others’ perceptions of your potential, as well as your chances for more interesting work opportunities. Speak up and discuss its causes and solutions. Your brain craves interesting things to do.