The Post-Pandemic Me Will Be Even More Successful
Many thanks to Lindsay Washington for this guest blog post.
Even though most businesses have been able to adapt to the Covid-19 challenges, some workers feel like they are stuck in a professional rut.
Working in a remote environment has been liberating in many ways, but you may also feel the impact of the pandemic slump. The pandemic what? The pandemic slump refers to the build-up of fatigue, stress, and cabin fever. Being stuck at home most of the time has given you the chance to reflect about your career choices. It’s harder to create a healthy work/life balance when your office is at home. We tend to work longer hours and blur the boundaries of our jobs and our lives. You don’t have to be stuck in pandemic job limbo. Now’s the best time to be designing your post-pandemic success.
Apply to a new company
Is the job dull or is it the company? For a lot of businesses, the sudden change of pace and environment has emphasized the limitation of the existing culture and attitude. Why do you feel unmotivated with your current work? The answer lies in the way we approach changes. Change is fast in the modern workplace, so skills and business processes need to constantly evolve to remain up to date. When you feel stuck in a job rut, it may be because your company has been slow to innovate and impact positive change. There may be no clear career progression, and you might feel like you’re not moving forward. Job search coaches suggest that you need to move companies every 4 years on average to upskill and stay motivated.
Start your own side hustle business
Is it a good time to start your own business? While you may not be ready to replace your full-time income with a side hustle venture, you can set up the foundations of your future business while you’re still working. This will give you the opportunity to experiment and figure out the best business model and strategy for your enterprise. Should you embrace an international presence with a multi currency account, or should you keep your tight bond with the local community? There are pros and cons that you need to figure out for yourself. The process of self-reflection can renew your motivation and give you clarity about what you want.
Transform your career
What does it mean to be successful in your career?
- Making more money
- Doing something that makes a difference
- Loving your work
- Enjoying flexibility and autonomy
- All of the above
You have the power to define success on your own terms. Ultimately, if your job doesn’t honor what you value – you may be in the wrong career. Switching paths, however, is a lot easier than it seems. You could transfer your skills to a new sector, or you may need to add some additional training or professional development to consider a new field.
Success in a post-pandemic world is about rediscovering the excitement of going to work on Monday morning and feeling like you’ve accomplished something at the end of the week. If you are in a job rut, a new opportunity might be what you need to define success on your terms.