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Feeling Stuck in a Dead-End Job?

How do you know when you are in a dead-end job?

I have spoken to a lot of people who feel stuck in a dead-end job. When Sunday comes around, they dread thinking about going to work the next morning. On Monday mornings, they hit the snooze button multiple times and force themselves out of bed. They push themselves with positive affirmations or the opposite with “I hate my job” self-talk on the way to work.

ūü¶č Do you feel like you could do your job in your sleep?

ūü¶č Are there no advancement opportunities where you work?

ūü¶č Do you feel hateful and resentful when you walk through your workplace?

ūü¶č Do you get any acknowledgment for a job well done?

Well, here are some questions below to ask yourself. Answer them with the first reaction you have.

ūü¶č Am I learning any new aspects in my position?

ūü¶č Are my job duties challenging to me?

ūü¶č Do I enjoy going to work every day?

ūü¶č Am I motivated and strive to increase my productivity level?

ūü¶č Do I feel I am making a difference?

ūü¶č Are my coworkers positive at work?

ūü¶č Am I positive at work?

If you answered no to these questions, you might be feeling stuck in a dead-end job.

What are some options to improve my career situation?

Create a Career Journal to track your career goals, action steps, certifications, accomplishments, achievements, and references all in one area.

Making or adding to your career journal is a great way to be organized and refocus on your career path.

What’s in a Career Journal:

  • Career goals and ideas
  • Keep track of career progress
  • Lessons learned
  • Coaching strategies
  • Advice from mentors
  • A private place to vent career disappointments
  • Keep positive affirmations and quotes
  • Gain a new perspective
  • Resume, cover letters, interview tips, interview questions, thank you notes, recommendations, references, and certifications
  • Mission statement and values
  • Develop a career action plan
  • Keep motivated and inspired
  • To celebrate the small successes

How to Get Started:

  • Get a large binder; put all your career paperwork and ideas into it
  • Then decide if you want to put all your information into a computer document, on-line journal, a book journal, or a binder
  • Organize by categories
  • Add to your career journal regularly
  • Please keep it in a secure place

Self-Reflection Questions for Career Journal:

  • What did I learn?
  • What did I accomplish?
  • Did I receive any compliments? If so, what was it, and who said it?
  • How did I make a difference?
  • Did I have any setbacks, and how did it affect me?
  • How can I change my situation and get new career opportunities?
  • Where should I start networking to meet new people and look for better job opportunities?

What to consider:

Should I stay at my current employment or move on?

Make a list of “why to stay” and “why to go.” Be upfront and honest. No holding back from the truth of the matter!

  1. What’s keeping me here?
  2. Are there other options?
  3. If, so what are they?
  • A Transfer within the company?
  • Start job hunting?
  • Hire a career coach?
  • Go back to school and learn something new?
  • Retirement?

After making and reviewing the list to “stay or go.”¬†What did this list tell you?

Take Away:

Don’t stay in a job where there is no opportunity for advancement. Leap of faith and try something different. You will have a career purpose with meaning again. Whatever decision you make to either stay or go, having a career journal will keep you organized and focused on your career goals and prepare you for the next career opportunity. ~ Patti

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Prepping for a Busy Work Week (home/work life balance)

Work Life Balance Scale

Here are some tips for prepping with a busy work week:

  • Pick out your clothes and children clothes with shoes and socks the night before. ¬†Have them sitting out and ready to put on in the morning.
  • Set up cereal bowls at the kitchen table pour cereal inside with a spoon and cover with clear plastic wrap. ¬†Just add milk in the morning for the children or if the kids are old enough they can pour their own milk.
  • Make lunches the night before put in refrigerator. ¬†You and your children will take them out before you leave in the morning.
  • Have all school supplies, homework checked etc. in back packs before bed time, ready and by the front door or in the car.
  • Have all food items in crockpot, put in refrigerator, in the morning take out of refrigerator and plug in to cook. ¬†Look up crock pot recipes for the week and shop for those items ahead of time.
  • The night before look at calendar to see what after school activities are happening and plan for it. ¬†Do you or your children need to bring anything for these activities? ¬†Have them out by the front door or put them in the car so you don’t forget them.
  • The night before check your work calendar to review if you need to have anything prepared or take into work that day. ¬†If so, have it prepared and ready to take with you.

Having everything prepped the night before saves you rushing around in the morning and being late or forgetting something important.  No family drama with getting the children dressed.  Older children can pick out their own clothes the night before and have them out and ready.  Make sure they do it and it becomes routine this will reduce yelling and frustration in the morning.  Everyone knows the routine and things go smoothly and less stress for all.

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Leaders taking time away from work

As Leaders each day we push ourselves to get more completed and do more.  We continually are working on the big picture or the next great thing.  We over work and are constantly thinking about work however there comes a time to stop and live in the moment.  To spend time with family, friends, spouse/partner and really give them our full attention without focusing and thinking of work.

How do we do this?

When should we do this?

How often should we do this?

The answer:  What is really important to you?  Reflect on these questions and is it time to realize we need our family, friends, our spouse/partner in our lives.  They keep us balanced, grateful and loved.

Usually it is for them that we work so hard but they also require our loving attention as well.  It could be showing up to a ball game for our kids.  A date night with our spouse.  Taking our parents out to lunch or shopping.  Sending a text to a friend thinking of you.  Or just listening and talking about the little things. This is what matters.  Make it a point to do the little things to keep relationships alive.

Life is more than work, it is about living a good meaningful life.  Take an adventure.  Put time and effort into relationships like you do with work.  You will probably be happier and so will your friendships, family, work life and YOU!


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Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. ~ Emerson

I am getting ready to go on my annual camping trip with friends. This is my time to connect with nature and relax. I look forward to this trip every year. There is no internet and no phone service. Just peace and quiet. The outdoors has a way of bringing things to a new perspective. I use this time to journal, write ideas, read, relax, hike, self-reflection, wading in the river, sitting by the campfire and watching the flames dance, and appreciate the sunrises and sunsets. The simple things in life that are so precious we don’t enjoy in our daily lives.

This quote, “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience,” by Emerson is a good reminder of taking time out and enjoying the outdoors as well as having patience. Good things take time and are worth the wait. Be patient; it will happen at the right time and right moment, if it is meant to be. Sometimes the things we wish for are not right for us, and we learn that later and realize it was a good thing I didn’t get that promotion, job, relationship, friendship, loan, car, house, etc.

Patience is hard but is a key to success and happiness. Keep striving and working towards your goals. All the hard work is worth it! ~ Patti ūüôā


What was something you wished for and later realized you are so glad you didn’t get it?

What was something you waited for patiently? It came true and was worth the wait?

What makes waiting so hard for you?

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In this fast pace world some of us do not take the time to smell the roses.  We are on the go from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.  We get up in the morning and the first thing is the coffee pot.  Just to drag yourself out of bed.  Even on the weekends there are endless things that need to be completed.  If you have children you are on the go to games and practices.  When do you take the time to rest?

Taking time to recharge and relax is essential.  If you don’t you are headed for major burnout.  Then what?  What good are you for your family and job?  What can you do to incorporate time in your life for relaxation and to recharge?

Watch a sunset with your family?

Go for a bike ride or hike?

Sit for an hour and read a good book?

Being creative here are some ideas:  Painting, scrapbooking, journaling, writing, gardening, golfing, building something and sitting in the garden watching the birds or butterflies.  Do whatever you truly enjoy which relaxes you and creates some peace and joy in your life.

By recharging and taking some time for you, it will help make you a better person to be around.  What is stopping you?   It is time to enjoy spring time and get outdoors and enjoy it.

Would love to see your thoughts and fun ways that you like to relax and recharge. ~ Patti

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Day 30 of 30 day blogging challenge ~ Getting STARTED

Day 30

“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.” Dawson Trotman

Sometimes getting started is hard but the rewards are endless. ¬†Setting your goal, coming up with a plan of action and the most important thing is putting the plan into to action. ¬†Getting started and motivated to take the steps is crucial to change your life and to live your dream. ¬†Procrastination is a waste of precious time. ¬†It doesn’t help you attain your goal or dream. ¬†To get what you want you have to pursue it. ¬†To pursue it starts motivating you to achieve it.

Question:  Have you been procrastinating or are you on track towards your goal and dream?

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