You get up every morning, shower, make your coffee and may even pack your lunch. It’s the same thing day-in and day-out. It wouldn’t be so bad if you liked your job; just a little! But instead, you despise your job. You have the boss from Hell and your co-workers are lazy, never on time or constantly call in sick. Which in turn creates twice as much work for you. It seems like your boss is always putting the pressure on you to pick up the slack for those entitled co-workers who consistently refuse to pull their own weight. It’s either find a way to stay in the job and simply deal with it, or find a way to actually turn your thinking around and like what you do. Doesn’t it make more sense to work towards being happy in what you do, and of greater benefit to you, your health, your happiness and those in your immediate surroundings to find a way to at least survive in your career?
Let’s be realistic, turning a job you hate into a job you love overnight is not likely to occur; however, it is possible to get your spirits up to a point where you can survive and possibly even really like your job. Even if it is on a temporary basis until your job search yields a position you love.
Here are some tips to make your career more survivable.
Start by setting realistic goals for each day. Map out your tasks and duties for the next business day. Prioritize the most important tasks to be tackled first thing upon arriving at work whenever possible. Then work your priority list down to the least important being the last task of the day. Getting the most important duties completed first can help to lessen the stress and anxiety for the rest of the day. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment, which in turn can create more motivation to complete other tasks more quickly. You may also find that you can stay focused and have greater attention to detail much more easily.
Take time out for yourself during the day. It might be just to take a break to stroll down the hallway in your office building for a minute or two. Simply getting up and moving around, getting a change of scenery and even a little fresh air can make all the difference in your stress level.
Learn new skills. If you are in a position or a career that you aren’t happy with, it may be due to a lack of the necessary skills or talent that may be keeping you from a promotion or transfer. Make a point to learn new skills, software, sales tactics, etc., in order to make yourself more valuable and thereby more marketable in your company. Listen to coaching materials or read self-help books. Some people may think this stuff is all a bunch of garbage; however, anything that helps you improve any part of your life, be it, social, work, personal, financial, home etc., isn’t a waste of time. In fact, it’s a great investment in yourself.
Take time to distress. Start working out, go for walks, read, listen to music, paint, or maybe draw. Doing anything constructive that you like to do, that takes the stress and strain away, can only benefit you in your job. Not only that, but holding onto toxic attitudes has been proven to be detrimental to your health, both physical and mental.
Remember that no matter what you do, always do it the best possible way you can. Have integrity in your job and your personal life and you will be recognized and rewarded for it in the long run. Self-worth in the workplace and in your personal life is the key to being happy. Period!
Happy career hunting!