5 Mind Tricks To Survive (And Thrive!) In A Job You Actually Hate
A job you hate can be like that vegetable you loathe, which is actually good for you. Before you head out to the battlefield tomorrow, here are a few tips to ensure your survival.Picture this – you, with all your power, begrudgingly drag your feet across your bed, all in a bid to face yet another day inside the walls of your life’s biggest hell…your office. The moment you approach the stairs of your office building, your intestines twist in the most mysterious knots, just thinking about what a dreadful day you’re about to have in the office.
If the above scenario is ‘you’, then you know that this job is no longer meant for you, but circumstances won’t allow you to quit your job just yet. And before you shoo away this article thinking that we are going to dole out some ‘think positive’ advice for you, stay with us for a bit, because we might just surprise you!
Mentioned below are 5 tangible ways to manage your daily work frustrations, and keep a ratchet moment at bay:
1. Figure out what really is making you dial up your unhappiness – your job, or your career –
Sometimes, the dissatisfaction of working in a demotivating work environment or being associated with a toxic boss is where the real problem lies. But at times, the problem might be much deeper. Talk with your career coach, your academic mentor, your professor, or anyone else you trust, in order to find out which career path is right for you, and we bet once you do that, you will love going to your job.
2. Keep away from negative conversations –
It might seem cathartic to vent about your job frustrations, but do remember that constant complaining will only amplify your anger. If this negativity expands even more, it might start affecting your colleagues as well. Hence, stop approaching everything negatively, look for the root cause of the problems, and start considering solutions.
3. Genuinely consider taking a pay cut –
We can’t even begin to tell you how important this is! Opt for a pay cut, which would directly mean getting flexible job hours. It means you could work from home too, on some occasions; and on others, take up a new hobby, or may be rekindle a forgotten passion of yours, which might eventually become an extra money-earning mechanism for you.
4. Target smaller and more achievable goals –
Getting small ‘quality’ goals at your workplace, where you are perhaps bored or not challenged, is indeed a relief. Perhaps at the end of every project, ask yourself, “Can I push myself more? Is this my best effort yet?”. If it’s not, get back to it, and sweat it out. This way, you will not only get the positive attention of your bosses, but it will also make you feel more like an achiever.
5. Be healthy –
A balanced mind and body makes a drastic change to whatever you do in life – even if things are going from bad to worse. Here, the idea is not to hate your job with a healthy body, but to let your healthy mind and body take precedence over pretty much every good or bad thing happening to you in your life. Sleep well, exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes 3-4 times a week, and make healthy food choices. Remember never to let your job come in the way of your well being, as ill-health might just make things worse for you.