Thrive at work – even if you hate your job

Hey you.

Yes, you. Can I talk to you for a minute?

It’s Monday. You’re coming back to the office after a long holiday break and part of you wishes the break could last forever because you hate your job. You hate the office politics, the mind-numbing work, the lack of excitement and responsibility. You hate going to the same place every day, you hate the commute, you hate the office coffee, you hate the empty “How was your weekend?” chatter by your co-workers.

Am I right?

Yes, I know. I hear you grumble about your job every single day. On Facebook (better recheck those privacy settings!), to your husband, to the person in line behind you at Starbucks.

But last time I checked, you needed that job. Because if you didn’t, you’d quit, right?

So you need to make it work, as best you can, for the remainder of the time you have that job.

…Does your attitude need adjusting?

Ask yourself, does your attitude make it that much worse? If you approach every new project with the same “How much longer am I going to be doing this crap?” attitude, will anything really appeal to you? Will your eyes be open for new ideas? Get excited about the stupid stuff.

…Are your true passions going unfulfilled?

What would you rather be doing? Would you rather have someone else’s job? Be in an entirely different company all together? Is there a way to turn that true passion of yours into a side hustle? I know you’re thinking – you’re wiped out by your regular job. There’s no way you can add another gig on top of it. When would you find the time? You’d find the time because you’d make the time. It’s as simple as that.

…Are you bored at work?

Would you like to get more experience? Can you assist a co-worker on a major project? I’m sure she’d appreciate the help and you can branch out beyond your same ol’, same ol’.

…Is your working environment toxic?

Meaning, do you frequently think your co-workers are mean and spiteful? You can’t change people, but you can change your reactions to them. Do not get sucked in any mind games. You’re there to work – everything else is secondary.

My main point: You have more control than you think. You can either drag your feet into work every day OR you can get the most you can out of your current job, to be prepared for the better fit that’s around the corner. Job search in the evenings and on weekends. Promote yourself as best you can in the meantime. Start a blog. Join the professional organization of the field you really want to be in. Get e-newsletters. Go to lunch with people in the field. Do what you have to do to get where you want to be, but don’t let your current job suffer.

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