Stuck in a Career Rut? Create a Summer Career Bucket List

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Stuck in a Career Rut? Create a Summer Career Bucket List

Episode 55

When you’re in the midst of a career rut, things can start to feel really bleak. It’s as if the world has turned completely gray and you’ll never find a job you love.

But today, we’re going to lift some of those clouds with 5 activities to breath life into a stale career with the Summer Career Bucket List.

 
 

When you’re in the midst of a career rut, things can start to feel really bleak. It’s as if the world has turned completely gray when it comes to work.

But today, we’re going to lift some of those clouds with 5 activities to breath life into a stale career with the Summer Career Bucket List.

1. Konmari Your Work Space

Show yourself that this job matter. Where you work right now in this moment matters. That you love it, not because it’s the right fit for you, but because you’re there. That it is paying your bills, showing you what you want, and allowing you to create the courage to change your own life for you.

Recycle old papers (that was my specialty. I would hoard articles that I read once and did not do anything with for months). Recycle old receipts. Dust off your desk and wipe it down. Add some new pictures, add some fresh flowers. Show your space some care and intentionality.

2. Take an Adventure-Filled Day Off

Take a look at your personal and professional calendar. And take a day off that works for you. Just a whole day. You don’t have to tell anyone what you’re doing, where you’re going. This day is all for you. If you don’t have paid time off, take an off-day for adventure.

Don’t just use the day to stay on your couch mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. I encourage you to intentionally plan the day with things you enjoy doing but maybe have not done in a while. Go to a museum, get your nails done, walk around a different part of your city.

Use the day to remind yourself that there is so much abundance and levity in your life when you prioritize it.

3. Spend Time with a Friend Who Actually Enjoys Their Work

Instead of reaching out to the same people to complain again about the same things, talk to someone who feels good about their jobs. You may not talk about work at all. But use this as a reminder that life is not doom and gloom. That if it’s possible for other people to be happy in their careers, it’s also possible for you too.

4. Find A Career Idol

Who are the people that make you feel utterly inspired? Remind yourself of them. Print out their picture and put it up in your working space if you’re feeling bold or in your home.

This can be someone in a similar field as you, in a field you dream about being in, or someone who just love and have no interest in what they do professionally. Find them and celebrate your love for them.

As a kid, my mom would cut out pictures of Dr. Phil and put them on her walls. I thought this was silly and my sisters and I would joke about it. But now I really appreciate it. It’s like a not-so-serious shrine and reminder to yourself that this person inspires you. And more than you love the person, you love the feeling of being inspired.


5. Reach Out to Your Career Idol

Remember that career idol? Reach out to them. The point isn’t to have them respond. If they do, cool. The point is simply to share your admiration and remind yourself that cool things are possible in this world. Cool things are possible for you. And if this flesh and blood human being with wax in their ears and shedding skin between their toes can do cool things, so can you.

(5. Bonus: Dream Big About Your Career Again.)

Download The Dream Life Journal Guide so you can start dreaming bigger about your career again.

One Final Note: I know how bleak it feels to not love your job. It can feel all-consuming. But don’t your thoughts drive you into despair. Bring a bit of joy into your everyday so you can remember what’s possible.


What will you add to your Summer Career Bucket List? Tell me on Instagram, I’d love to hear them.

 

intro and outro music: danosongs.com


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Danielle Callendar