Even if you live each day in accordance with the expression “do what you love and love what you do,” there are bound to be times in your career that you find yourself not as enthusiastic about your work as you were at one point.
It’s the ebb and flow of life and it applies to all types of professions and all levels of employment. However, as managers, bosses, owners or any person in a leadership role, your ruts have the potential to be more costly to company profits, and can weigh on the office morale. As leaders, we set the tone, and even though we are human and susceptible to bouts of ennui, we must work through them more quickly that the rest of our staff in order to ensure a happy and productive workplace.
You may argue that the best answer to your languor is taking a day off to gain perspective. And while that may get you out of your rut some of the time, in my opinion, it’s only a temporary fix to a larger problem. Leaving your problems behind might be cathartic, but those problems will undoubtedly be waiting for you when you get back.
If you find yourself with an ever-long case of the Mondays, here are a few tips to get you out of your rut and back to your peak performance.
· Get back to what you love. You more than likely started your company, whether it was a restaurant or a construction business, because you loved to cook or loved to build, but as an executive, you probably spend most of your time now managing and worrying about larger business issues. Try for a few hours or even a day getting back to the nitty-gritty of your business. You will feel refreshed and remember why you started doing what it is you’re doing.
· Drop some weight. Frequently, work can become cumbersome because as a manager you hold on to too much. Delegate is the name of the game. If you give your staff some of the tasks that they could easily complete, you will have more time to focus on what is important.
· Get some perspective. We may not want to do it, but it’s true that as a leader of a company, the employees you spend the most time with are usually those with the poorest performance. Try forming a brain-trust (hey, it worked for FDR). Set aside an hour a week to hear from your best and brightest. They will feel rewarded and recognized for their good work, and you will feel refreshed by their enthusiasm.
· If it’s not working, chuck it. This applies to product lines, operating procedures and employees. Don’t be afraid to fire, discontinue and forget about the facets of your company that aren’t working. Allow the flourishing parts of your business to grow and lose whatever, and whoever, isn’t performing well.
· Reevaluate and set new goals. Sometimes we are dragged down by obsolete objectives – working towards the same goal for so long that we feel like we may never reach it. This is a common issue. Set smaller goals for yourself that you are able to accomplish in a quicker amount of time, and you won’t constantly feel plagued by worry.
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