by Matt Alderton | March 28, 2019
Jobs are like relationships: There are both good times and bad times. If you're in a bad spell, however, there are some easy things you can do to break out of the rut, author Maurie Backman writes in an article for The Motley Fool.

"It's one thing to experience some rough patches at the office, like when deadlines loom or your favorite colleagues decide to leave. But if you're generally unhappy at work, there's no need to resign yourself to a hopeless existence. Instead, you can take steps to change your circumstances," Backman says.

The first thing you should target in your work routine is boredom. "If you can't remember the last time you got to take on a new assignment or switch up your routine, then it's time to step outside your comfort zone and ask what opportunities are available to you," Backman notes. "Tell your boss you'd like one new responsibility added to your plate, or come up with a project that will add value to your company and pitch it. Dabbling in new things will help you avoid the boredom and monotony that can make work a drag."

If new projects don't work, try new relationships. "Getting to know different people at your company can open the door to new opportunities and help you build relationships that serve you well professionally and emotionally," Backman concludes. "If you've been interacting with a limited group of colleagues thus far, it's time to broaden your horizons. Introduce yourself to new people you meet in the break room, or specifically seek out people whose roles interest you. The more folks you get comfortable with, the more support you'll have at work, which could change your outlook for the better."

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