Being in a Rut with Your Work




rut in roadWorkers, whatever their vocation, when they do too much, create their deep rut.

Pharmacists grow weary counting tablets all day on a tray or checking the work of technicians.  It is repetitive and mundane.  A pediatrician finds looking at ear canals and baby butts an unchallenging undertaking.  A medical technologist sees the monotony of running test tubes through a chemistry analyzer.

Nearly everyone can state that at least some part of their work is tedious and repetitious.  A caveat to all who fall prey of being in a job that you are feeling unchallenged and feel that you are doing the same thing over and over, that is, you are in a rut.  So often individuals who are, the work becomes an addicted lifestyle, and it overtakes wishes to interact with others.  It is as if those workers spend their days in a zombie like fixed routine, locked inside their self-created armor.

so you think monotony

What is common too is to rationalize that if “I just stay on my course” everything will be OK.  The sad thought is that this individual also believes that no one will ask much of them and that they will still come out on top.  What they do not realize is that they fall into obscurity.

Gerald “Ty” Burrell, an American actor and comedian sum it up nicely saying, “The difference between being in a rut and a grave is the depth.”

So ask yourself, is your rut becoming a grave?

graveVary your calendar.  Seek out ways to be creative.  Take on different tasks.  Look for ways to change the structure of your day.  Talk to colleagues about the opportunities for new and positive contributions.  Broaden your horizons.  Don’t dig a grave, instead, climb a mountain!