Ever feel drained after work?

We can get drained for a number of reasons – a frustrating interaction, lack of variety, feeling under-appreciated or unfulfilled.  It can be an isolated incident or a recurring theme.  It happens to all of us.

Let’s think of this as if we are using an electrical plug, and plugging it into a wall outlet.  If a particular job, project, or situation at work is fatiguing us, it’s as if we are consistently plugging into an outlet that shorts out.  This makes it tough to maintain the energy to continue – with our current work, with a search, with our daily lives.

If we can show up at work and contribute and have our energy be sourced from a working outlet, a place that fuels us in the bigger picture, we are in a far better position to enjoy our careers and our lives, as well as get through difficulties at work.

Imagine you’re at an organization that is not a good fit for you.  Going in to work in the morning is dreaded. Interactions are strained.  Any conversation about career shifts to what is wrong with the current situation and the challenging interactions there.  “I will never get a promotion.” “They don’t listen.”  “This project is going nowhere.” “This company doesn’t care about me.”  You are plugged into a power source that keeps you from moving forward.

If you can shift and plug in to an outlet that focuses on why you are choosing to be there, helpful changes can occur right away.  This more positive outlet is defined by what this work situation is giving you – money, stability, and experience to move to another job.  “It’s not ideal, but it is a stepping stone to what I want.” “This project is off track right now, but I can stay in integrity and do the best I can.” “I have a vision for my career that includes but does not revolve around this company.”

To be clear, this does not mean that you stop contributing at work. You continue to do the work – you just source the energy for it from a place that better supports you.

This shift helps with perspective and lessens drain.  From that place, it is much easier to make good decisions about career.

Where are you plugged in?


Aubrie De Clerck,  PCC CPC

Aubrie is a Career Development and Transition Coach, with her own private practice in Portland. Her career history spans corporate, non-profit and self employment, giving her wide perspective on the world of work. Aubrie is known for being highly inspirational and deeply practical, and loves bringing these qualities to sessions with groups and individuals. Most of all, she is passionate about helping people of all ages and phases of life get the most out of their work life.

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