It’s not uncommon for even the best admins to find themselves in a slump now and again. Listed below are three situations within your control that either promote or perish slumps.
1. Repetition. Although repetition is the mother of learning, it’s also the cause of boredom and burnout. The truth is most admins find themselves repeating tasks on a regular basis.
Rather than stay stuck in your normal groove, grow your level of insight and understanding of the situation. For example, when creating the agenda, look for opportunities based on discussion topics to contribute or provide research. Identify future stretch assignments that may be available as a result of this meeting.
Break up your routine by changing ingrained behaviors. Adjusting established patterns even slightly results in forging new brain pathways which spark your energy and outlook. Plus, you might just uncover a new office ally or discover untapped morning creativity as a result.
2. Predictability. As we become comfortable in our environment and with others, we make assumptions about what others will say and do. This allows you to anticipate your supervisor’s needs or quickly solve a customer’s challenge. Unfortunately, this predictability can lead to disinterest which leads to living life on autopilot.
Instead, get curious and listen. Rather than end a conversation, ask a question to take the conversation deeper. Attend the optional meeting and pay attention to the speakers, not just their message, but their delivery. How are others responding? What can you do differently given this insight?
3. Beliefs. What we believe to be true we see more of in our life. When we believe options remain out of our control, we choose to give our power away leading to even greater lack of inertia. Remember, nothing will change until you do. Take inventory of your job highlights and let others know to attract more of the same. Choose you, recognize your strengths and climb out of your slump and toward your joy.