Apr 16, 2018

What to Do When You Hate Your Job: Five Tips

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You hate your job. All you really want to do is dive back into bed, duck under the covers and stay there ’til eternity. But, you have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and really need that salary, or need the experience in your resume. So how do you deal?

Most of us have had jobs that we absolutely hated, but just had to stick with it. Or at the very least, had days when we didn’t even want to wake up and go to work. Here’s a cheat sheet for you to deal when you hate your job.

1. Be an early riser:.

When that alarm rings at 6.00am, don’t hit snooze. We’re advocates of waking up early. Rising early gives you plenty of time to give yourself a great pep talk and set the tone for your day, go for a run that tickles your happy hormones, and time for a nice breakfast too.

2. The reason why:.

Figure out what makes you hate your job. Sometimes, it’s something as obvious as a rotten boss, and/or terrible co-workers. Sometimes, it can be something subtler. For instance, are you unhappy because you’re not doing enough, or perhaps doing too much? Is your job way above or way below your skill level? Is it even relevant for your future career plans? Figure out why, and the try to deal with it.

3. Find the Solution:.

If it’s your boss or coworkers causing your unhappiness, find out if you can do something about it. Can you report bad behavior? Maybe just have a frank talk with your supervisor? See if you can rectify the situation. If it’s your skill level that’s the issue, then it might be time to find a job that does suit your level. Learn new skills to keep up, get that certification you’ve been eyeing for a while.

4. Make Friends:.

If your coworkers are not the issue, then bond with them. Find common topics of interest, take a coffee break together, get to know them. They can take away some of the hatred you have for your job. Reason to wake up in the morning: your adorable coworkers.

5. Find your Happy Place:.

Take a few hours and figure your career out. Maybe it’s not the job, it’s this entire career line that’s making you hate everything. Find your mojo. Maybe it’s some other field entirely. Figure it out, make a list of things that you love to do, and then find out if you can build a career around that.

Life can pass you by in the blink of an eye. While it may be necessary to stay with a job you hate for a certain period of time, you definitely don’t need to spend a lifetime at it. Figure out the problem, address it, and be happy.

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