Dreading going back to work

Is this how you feel about going back to work?

Now that the Christmas and New Year festivities have come to an end it’s time to get ready to return to work. How does that make you feel? Are you full of enthusiasm or sinking into a deep depression at the mere thought of it? If you can’t wait to get back to work fantastic! The chances are you have a job or a business that you love. If, however, you are dreading going back then now is the time to resolve to do something about it, sooner rather than later. Don’t get to the end of 2017 with the same feelings.

You may need to work to provide for yourself and maybe your family. You may want to work for your self esteem or to keep your brain active but if work is a chore alleviated only by the regular pay packet then it’s time to find something more rewarding. Life is too short to spend countless hours doing something that doesn’t stimulate you.

What is it you don’t like? Is it your boss or the atmosphere in your place of work? Is it a job that is boring and too repetitive? Do you hate the lack of control you have over your own time and decisions? Or do you just feel that you’re working your fingers to the bone to make someone else rich?

Is it time to hatch the escape plan?

So what are you going to do about it? Is it time to look for a new job or would you be happier running your own business? The answer probably lies in those things you don’t like about your current situation. Maybe you will find another employer who can offer you a better deal than the one you have now but if you’d rather take control of your own destiny then now would be a good time to consider starting your own business. Making an escape plan can help you to overcome that feeling of dread that the return to work brings. Doing some thing proactive to change your circumstances gives you a sense of ownership over your own destiny. It gives you something positive to do that is forward looking and stops you descending into a pit of misery.

Why not buy yourself a notebook to collate your thoughts and ideas? Start by making lists of the things you like and the things you hate about your current circumstances. How can you make more of the things you like? What can you change about the things you hate? Now set yourself some goals for the next few days and weeks to build on the things you enjoy and change the things that make you unhappy. You may decide to have a word with your boss or to take up a new hobby. You may decide it’s time to invest in developing some new skills or to start job hunting. Or perhaps you may want to start investigating your options for running a business.

If starting a business is one of your options then you might like to pre-order my new book, ‘Founded after 40: how to start a business when you haven’t got time to waste’ which will be released on January 16th. It will lead you through your options based on your circumstances and your attitude to risk and lead you through the steps needed to start a successful business. Find out more here.

Tomorrow we’ll look at why running a business can be good for you, do come back and join me then.