We’ve all had jobs that drained us, whether it’s for a day, a week, a month or longer. You might get home so tired you don’t even want to do the things you love or spend quality time with your friends, your kids, your partner. It sucks!
But the good news there are three small things you can do to get your energy back without quitting your job!
1. Do the Thing You Dread First
Maybe it’s a phone call with someone you’re intimidated by or maybe you hate dealing with money so you put off submitting expense reimbursements or billing clients.
The problem is the fact that you have to do it stays in the back of your mind and quietly drains your energy. Do the dreaded task first and after you get through it, you’ll feel refreshed and have more energy to focus on the tasks you actually like!
– If the dreaded task typically takes 1 hour, block off 2 hours in your calendar so you’ll know you have time to get through it. There’s nothing worse than getting part way through a dreaded task but not being able to finish.
-If you have a backlog of dreaded tasks break them into smaller chunks. For example: Commit to billing 2 clients first thing every morning for the next two weeks.
There’s nothing more satisfying than crossing a dreaded task off your to do list. You’ll feel the energy flow back into your body!
2. Don’t be Afraid to Disagree
You might think your supervisor knows better because they’ve been at the company longer or have more school than you but here’s the thing:
Your supervisor may have never had your job or they haven’t done it in a long time. YOU ARE THE EXPERT ON YOUR JOB.
Be polite and professional but make sure you voice your concerns. It will be better for your organization and you’ll feel better too. There’s nothing that drains your energy more than feeling resentful!
3. Ask for a Raise or a Promotion
Maybe you’re feeling drained by work because you aren’t being properly compensated for the work that you do. This creates more resentment and drains more of your energy.
If it’s been a year since you’re last raise or a promotion – you’re due for one! Or if you’ve recently had a big success like landing a big client or successfully securing a grant for your organization, that’s a good reason to ask for a raise even if it’s only been a couple of months since your last raise.
To ask for a raise or promotion send an email that explains your strengths and contributions since you last had an increase in salary. It’s very important to say how your contributions have impacted the company’s financial well-being. In the email, explain your position and ask to set up a time to discuss it in more detail. Need help writing the email?
Have a plan of what to ask for if your supervisor isn’t able to give you the financial compensation you have asked for. It could be:
-A better benefits package
-More vacation time etc.
Think it through so you aren’t caught off guard.
You deserve to feel energized by the work that you do. Commit to doing one of these three actions and comment below to let us know which one you’re going to do!!
Have an amazing Monday ;)!
P.S. Get your free ASK FOR A RAISE email template here – http://eepurl.com/cF3sbP