10 Jun 2014

Have you got a low career libido?

Thomas BreathnachThomas Breathnach

We’ve all been there; chasing a series of snooze button hits with an overdose of Americano before facing into another day of the daily work grind.

If you’re feeling a little jaded, help is at hand. LinkedIn contributor and performance management consultant Bernard Marr has devised a three-point plan to get those career brain juices flowing again so you can put the hard drive back in your career.

Try something new

According to Marr, the more primitive parts of our brains (that’ll be the cerebellum) are most in their element when stimulated by new information or a twist to what they had previously perceived. Repetition = a switch off, the same of which can be applied to your work. This doesn’t necessarily mean undertaking new projects of skillsets however but rather incorporating new aspects into your day. Grabbing lunch with a different colleague or working in a café or desk space can reengage the mind’s interest in your job. We can only imagine what a move to Ireland could do.

Learn something new

The yearning to learn is also critical to a motivational reboot. Becoming your one-man fountain of knowledge in your own work field can be an inspiring way to spring into greater action.

By learning, Marr doesn’t mean heading back to Trinity for an MBA, but rather broadening your knowledge with the latest publications in your field of interest or immersing yourself in the buzz of local events and workshops. The solution? Every week choose just one new blog, book or podcast which may broaden your horizons.

Learning isn’t just confined to up-skilling in the traditional sense however. In the Silicon Roundabout tech hub of East London, tech workers are now becoming a regular feature on the local improv comedy scene, as the performance skills acquired there help them gain confidence in areas such as public speaking or Powerpoint presentations during their day job. In the words of Captain Planet, the power is yours.

Reconnect with your bigger “why”

This remedy may have all the American hallmarks of going on a weekend retreat with Oprah Winfrey but according to Marr, it’s surprisingly easy to lose track of the original spark which set you off on your career path first day. So why did you really want to become that Community Operations Analyst (with Swedish) at Facebook Dublin?

Marr recommends creating a vision for yourself, not in terms of explicit professional goals (such as a promotion and a bigger wage packet) but rather a more self-actualizing look at the person you’d like to be and the life you’d like to lead.

You can read Bernard Marr’s full article here.