Last week I wrote about how to diagnose and treat your career stuck. This morning I was catching up on my Google Reader and came across this article on 10 Psychnological Keys to Job Satisfaction that I think offers some additional information for our use.
First, here are the 10 keys:
- Little hassles
- Perception of fair pay
- Complexity and Variety
- Organizational Support
- Work/Home overflow
- Job "Honeymoons and Hangovers"
- How easily satisfied are you?
To use them, I would suggest taking a look at your current career situation and getting a better understanding of how one or more of these factors may be playing into your job satisfaction. This can give you specific information to focus on in devising experiments to get yourself out of the stuck rut.
For example, in looking at your situation, you may find that you're dealing with a combination of minimal variety, a sense that you aren't really achieving anything that matters and a lack of control over your work and/or your work environment. Armed with this knowledge, you can start to look for experiments you might be able to run that will help you move in a more positive direction. This is where I think that the Total Leadership model can be very helpful.
Getting specific can also help you focus your experiments in the places likely to give you the most "bang for your buck." You can be more purposeful and intentional in your actions. This can go a long way toward getting rid of the stuck.