Work frustration isn’t a new emotion, however, if you’ve already been focused on specific career goals and still feeling frustration, it’s time to take a closer look.
First off, you’re not alone. I’m right there with you!
Work frustration is a challenging feeling because, while it may look like you are successful on the outside if you’re disconnected or disappointed in your efforts, it can be really difficult to be positive.
So many women share their professional journeys with me and lately, I’m seeing an increasing amount of women swimming in work frustration. Most are still delivering but many are not finding the joy they once experienced from their work and life.
If you’re feeling disconnected, frustrated, or need to jump into something new, it’s time to regroup, realign, and create a space to explore, experience, and connect! I too struggled with these work frustrations and had to make time to harness my stories and find my light!
How to Stop Feeling Frustrated with Work
In his article 6 Steps to Overcome Workplace Frustration and Insecurity, Randy Conley had great input to share.
“Ask people for their opinions. One of the most tangible ways leaders can combat frustration and insecurity in the workplace is to ask people for their opinions. But asking is just the first step; you have to do something with what they tell you. The higher up a leader rises in the organization, the easier it is to lose touch with the daily frustrations and battles your employees face. It’s easy to oversimplify the problems and solutions our people face and dismiss their expressions of frustration as whining or griping. Listen with the intent of being influenced and be willing to take action on what you learn.”
We can’t be expected to have all of the answers; we’re just too close to the situation. Hopefully, you’ve built a supportive network and have a mentor or sponsors that you can go to and ask for advice. They’ll not only have the benefit of being removed from your immediate situation, but also the ability to see you and your strengths in a more realistic manner than you can alone.
As Randy says, not only listen but be willing to take action.
Enrique Rubio, PMP, CSM offers his perspectives in his LinkedIn article, 8 Ways Extremely Successful People Use To Deal With Frustration at Work. He stated that successful people find strength amid the challenges:
“Many people deal with frustration by running away from work or life challenges. It’s true that sometimes it’s helpful to understand and accept the things that are beyond our influence and be ok with that.
Extremely successful people don’t run away from the challenges, they actually run towards them. They are brave and confident that, even if they don’t have the skills to face the adversities and difficulties, they will be prepared to be polished and shaped by the outcome and make themselves better. Michael Jordan said ‘I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’”
What’s the positive in your work frustration?
So when faced with work frustration we can ask for help, we can look for the positive and then sometimes we just need to remove ourselves from the situation. This last idea is the reason why I have created the professional women’s retreats Together We Seek.
Together We Seek Retreats are gatherings designed to help you…
- Unwind from the demands of life
- Meet other great women aspiring for more purpose and meaning
- Unleash bounded energy from within
- Relax in nature and engage in group activities
- Enjoy the natural gifts of other women attending
- Feel nourished from the inside out
Surrounded by Mother Nature and nourishing meals from local culinary talents, Together We Seek Retreats create a space for professional women to come together to explore, experience and connect through ancient practices, storytelling, and meaningful conversations.
If you aren’t able to make one of our retreats, find a way to regroup on your own.
- Take a personal day and rather than do chores – visit a museum, take a walk in the park, stand by the water’s edge and drink in Mother Nature
- Plan a spa day – a day to pamper yourself and de-stress
- Unplug from technology for an hour and just sit with your eyes closed, breathing deeply and allow your mind to go blank. Click here to follow a ten-minute meditation you can do at your desk.
Back to You
Remember: you are not alone in your work frustration. Join me as I explore new ways to engage professional women which may include ancient practices, storytelling, and meaningful conversations! Following my articles on Thrive, come back here to visit for more articles and also keep your eye out for our next Together We Seek Retreat.
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JJ DiGeronimo — the president of Tech Savvy Women — is a speaker, author, and thought leader for women in tech and girls and STEM. Through her work, JJ empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract women in technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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