Love… it’s a funny old thing.
At the start, it can have you shouting from the rooftops but a couple of years down the line, you notice things you didn’t see before. And worse, they begin to irritate you. What were once quirky aspects you loved, now grind your gears.
Society’s modern-day frenemy, social media, certainly doesn’t help. A brief 30-second stint scrolling through your feed bombards you with numerous friends showing off their blossoming relationships (because, naturally, you have to share this honeymoon period with everyone you know). Everything is shiny and new and fantastic.
You put your phone down, look around your office, and are struck by how tired and old it all looks. Sure, you’ve had some good times, but maybe it’s time you also found something new. Maybe love really is blind after all?
But this doesn’t have to be the end! There are plenty of ways you can rekindle your relationship with your office. And, before you know it, you’ll be back jumping on the sofas again!
Work out where it went wrong
In order to move forward, you need to determine what’s changed. It might be tough, but honesty is the best policy.
Are you just feeling restless because you’ve fallen into the social media trap? Did you feel this way before, or has it just stemmed from comparing your office to photos shared from Google HQ? What is it, exactly, about your office that is making you feel like you need to jump ship? Is it the decor, the facilities, the location?
You might not be able to pick up your office and move it somewhere new, but there are some aspects that you can improve. Focusing on how you’ll bring about this change can be a great way to refocus the mind and breathe new life into how you feel about your working environment.
Take a break
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, so perhaps you just need a little break from the office to remember your true feelings? Whether it’s popping out at lunchtime, offering to go to that meeting next week, or booking a little trip away for some much-needed ‘me’ time, getting some space could help knock you out of this funk.
Just remember though, this is only a break.
It’s not you, it’s me
This might be the worst break up line of all time, but it doesn’t necessarily have to mark the end of your love affair.
Perhaps the issue isn’t coming from the office itself? Maybe this is hiding some feelings you’re having about your career? Look into learning a new skill or ask for some more training to help you move up the ladder and take on some more responsibilities. Getting more from your job could put an end to these bad feelings you’re holding against your office. Maybe, just maybe, it was you all along?
Inject a little fun
It’s so easy to fall into a routine and, while there are benefits to be had from this structure, it can make your relationship feel like a chore. You were once so excited to get into the office but now it feels monotonous.
It’s time to shake up your routine! Instead of having that weekly Monday afternoon meeting, move it to Wednesday lunch time and pop out with the team. Run or cycle to the office two mornings a week. Spruce up your 11.17 coffee by starting an office Bake Off contest.
Injecting a little fun back into your day will not only lift your mood, it might just blow away those feelings of doubt and help you to remember what attracted you to your office in the first place.