How to Regain Perspective When You Have Lost Focus in Your Career

Have you found yourself simply not loving your work the way you used to? Does your daily work take more than it gives? How often do you find yourself daydreaming about leaving your current employer – or maybe even changing careers altogether?

If these questions sound familiar, you’re not alone. Many professionals, even highly successful ones, lose focus at some point in their careers. A sudden host of unexpected new demands may wear them down, or they may find that the plan they made to climb the ladder isn’t matching up to the opportunities they have found.

If you find yourself losing focus, here are some ways to regain your perspective and take control of your career journey once again:

  1. Name and know your needs. The first step in addressing a loss of focus and regaining perspective is to figure out what parts of your job are no longer working for you. Set aside some time to list the reasons you no longer feel fulfilled or “on track.” Are day to day details overwhelming your ability to work on bigger projects? Have you been working for months – or years – past an expected promotion? Consider your boss, working conditions, company culture, and your goals. What’s not working – and why?
  2. Change what you can. Once you’ve identified the key problems you’re currently facing, sort them into a “to-do” list. Put the factors you can change most easily at the top, and work your way down. Then, make a plan to address each of the factors. For example, if you feel you’ve lost focus because a promotion hasn’t been forthcoming in some time, make an appointment with your boss to talk about what you can do to get back on the promotion track. If your company’s leadership, structure, or goals have changed so much that you no longer feel the job lines up with your own professional goals, learn more about other companies in your area to see if your career would flourish better elsewhere.
  3. Seek help if needed. Whether you’re seeking to rejuvenate your current job or to switch tracks, don’t hesitate to reach out to your professional and personal networks. Ask for perspective and advice from trusted mentors and colleagues. For an objective view, consider seeking the help of a recruiter who specializes in placing professionals in your field.

At Marquee Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you regain your perspective, make a plan, and put your career back on the right track toward a new job. Contact us today to learn more about our job opportunities in San Diego and beyond!

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