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7 Ways to Break Out of a Career Rut and Love Your Job Again

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Ashley Bennion

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October 20, 2014

Working all day, five days a week (or more!) can take its toll. The good news is you don’t have to look far to re-charge; here are seven ways to break out of a career rut.   

Find a Mentor
Enrolling in a mentorship program could be just what you need to breathe new life into your career. Learning from someone new could open your eyes to exciting aspects (and even opportunities!) that you didn’t know were there. 

Build a Vision Board
Sometimes all you need to break out of a rut is a new way of looking at things. By building a vision board (whether physical or on Pinterest) you’re forced to really focus on what’s important. Whether it’s that promotion or finally taking your dream vacation, finding things to work towards are a great way to keep motivated.  

Take a Break.
Recharge your batteries by taking a much-needed break. Even if it’s just ONE day! Taking care of yourself—both physically and mentally--can really help you take care of your career. You’ll return to work rejuvenated with the positive energy to really dig in and keep going.

Enroll in Some Courses
Courses will not only hone your skills but will keep your interest piqued. Make sure to check with your HR department, paid course costs might even be covered by your benefits. 

Get a Hobby
It’s easy to get bogged down by work, especially if you work a lot. Getting your mind off of it completely by taking a cooking class or joining a book club will help you come back more focused and positive than ever.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Say goodbye to the same old by trying something new and out of your comfort zone. You can start small by joining the office baseball league or offering to present at the next conference. Getting that adrenaline going is a great way to break the monotony. 

Switch Careers
 If you’ve been in a rut for a while now, perhaps it’s time to take life by the reins and make that career switch you’ve been thinking of for years. There’s no time like the present and we have some great tips on how to get started.