If you are currently in a job that you hate, welcome to reality! A lot of us have been in that position at some point in our lives and luckily, I am one of the few who were lucky enough to get away from it. I started working for myself after leaving a job that I dreaded waking up for. It was so boring and mundane and I felt like I was wasting away during that time.
I was able to do that because I realized that the only reason I was stuck in that job in the first place was because I had too many bills to pay and I was living way beyond my means. I decided to downsize, cancelled subscriptions to various services, sold off stuff that were costly to maintain and adjusted my budget so that I can live properly without overspending. Also, I was and still am single without kids so I am free to make decisions without negatively impacting the people around me.
I understand that not everyone is in a position to drastically change how they live so that they can pursue the career that they want. After all, a lot of people are married with or without kids, have bills to pay that can’t be cancelled at a moment’s notice, used to a certain lifestyle and unwilling to change and many more. For that here are some things that can help you stay motivated while working in a job that you don’t like.
Don’t bring your work home
If you are stressed at work or you just don’t like being there, when you go home, leave everything there. Think of going home as a start of a new day and focus on what you want to do and enjoy it to the fullest. Being able to do the things we love will keep us happy and will let you stay motivated when you go to work the next day.
Socialize with your peers
Don’t be afraid to socialize with your co-workers. If you’re an introvert and prefer being alone, this will be hard but do try to talk to your co-workers sometimes. It can be a good experience and even if you hate your job but you like the people that you are working with, it can make the time pass by faster.
Of course, there will be some people that you will not get along with, that’s common. The best approach to this is to stay professional and if you can’t avoid them, then try to minimize the interaction times. This will allow you to stay positive throughout the day.
Work on something you enjoy during off days
Planning your future so that you can get out of your job that you hate will be one of the most important things that you can do today. Whenever you have time off from work, do try to work on something that you can build on for the future. This can be a hobby that you enjoy, a skill that you have, your dream or anything really that can bring you a steady income while doing what you like.
Think about your life 5, 10, 15 years from now. What do you want to achieve? Once you know the answer, start working on it right away. If you postpone it for later, you will just regret the time wasted. Having a side income that has the potential to be your main income source is something that will give you endless energy and motivation for the future.
Develop some skills and try to get better at your job
When you hate your job, the obvious reaction is to do a lackluster job of it. This is actually counter productive because no one can stay motivated doing something they hate. One thing that you can do is to try to get better at your job. There’s a chance that you will actually like it and make the job more tolerable.