What happens when you dread waking up in the morning for a job you dislike but still require income? You become unfulfilled, borderline depressed and you may possibly feel stuck.
I’m sure we’ve all accepted an opportunity for experience or just plain ole desperation.
It always seems like a good idea at the time. You get an offer and you immediately accept because it means you’ll no longer be unemployed.
While that can be all the reason you need to sign up for a job, often times we bypass the harsh realities of the workload.
So, what do you do when you become unhappy at the job you thought you would enjoy and you haven’t found a new position yet?
For starters, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.
Despite what your Facebook newsfeed says, many studies show that unhappy employees out number happy ones.
So, while your old college roommate posts about how awesome it is to have beer on tap at her new startup, odds are she probably won’t include the crazy boss that causes her to drink.
While I don’t suggest you take pleasure in the idea that other people’s lives may be miserable, I do recommend that you begin to look at the glass half full while you seek a new opportunity.
After all, you are what you think, right?
So, save that f*ck you email for everyone in your department for another time. (Just kidding, you never really should send that).
Here are a few ways you can begin to turn the job you hate, into a work place you can tolerate or even enjoy (until you find a new one).
1. Be Thankful
Trying your best to practice gratitude at work can help you shift your focus from what your job lacks to embracing a few of it’s benefits. For instance, giving thanks for some of the troubles at work (i.e. difficult coworkers or clients) can help you learn to be more resilient in your next role. Many times we continuously focus on the negatives of our career, that we fail to take into account that we’re actively learning new skills to make us better in the long run!
2. Skip The Drama
Who really cares who your coworker is annoyed with? When you constantly involve yourself with workplace venting sessions and drama, you inadvertently begin to drain your energy and hinder teamwork. Try not to get too involved with these negative conversations unless you have been chosen to help discover a positive resolution.
3. Change Your Hours
Does your work schedule restrict you from fulfilling other essential obligations? Schedule a conversation with your boss to speak about altering your work hours. Having the option to work and leave at a more convenient time can alleviate some of your burdens.
4. Know Your Destination
Know where you want to go and the steps you need to get there. Instead of focusing on the things you dislike about your job, zoom in on what you would rather have and actively work to obtain it. Take advantage of your free time by enlisting in any free courses or programs your job offers to build your skills and make yourself marketable for your next role.
5. Balance & Breathe.
Work-life balance is essential to be happy in your profession. Making time for things you enjoy outside of work can not only inspire you but also lead in the discovery of your true passion.