Q: I am bored in my job, after two years, and wonder if that’s a signal I should look for a new one. What advice might you have?
A: In Zen, it is said: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting. It could be that you have a fast cognitive metabolism, and would be bored with anything that’s not new…in which case, changing jobs frequently could end up looking like you’re a job hopper and, thus, narrowing your choices over time.
Thus, my advice is to try to take on fresh tasks and/or work with more lawyers, if possible, in your current job, to see if you can revive your enthusiasm….or if, with patience, a breakthrough from the boredom does result. If not, take a look at the market, identify concrete opportunities, and make a choice about leaving or staying.
Keep in mind that, ultimately, a measure of boredom may be a component of mastery, wherever you work. If you decide you like the other aspects of your current job–such as the pay and the people–more than you like the options you uncover, think instead about finding a new activity outside of work, which can also energize you inside and beyond your day-to-day routine.