As a starting point to finding your way back from the doldrums of pencil pushing and paper filing, here is a good way to remind yourself what it really is that you are coming to work for everyday. At a minimum of once a year each of us should sit down and write a justification of why our activities, as representative of our job descriptions, go to improve our organization. Let it serve as a reminder that even though professional goals may be achieved there is still room to advance not only yourself, but also the department as a whole.
Use the justification as a professional growth thermometer to rate and manipulate the contributions you make. We are being asked by city managers and tax payers to justify our activities as public service organizations, but before we can successfully do that let's make sure we can justify our own as individuals. Creating a vision, setting goals, and thirsting for the achievement gained by completing them is a sure fire way to keep your career from pre-maturely running out of steam.