Are you among those people who hate their job for different reasons? Maybe because it’s not in line with your passion, or because it’s giving you way more stress than you can handle. But for whatever reason, you can’t quit just yet.
If this is the case, there are only two things you can do. One is to keep dragging yourself to work every day, thanking God it’s Friday, and always wishing the weekend won’t end.
The other one is trying to find joy in your job instead. Try these four techniques I’ve done myself and see if they can help you get through day after day.
1. Focus on the things you love about your job
As much as you hate your job, there’s probably something there to love about it. The picture-perfect view from your office window? Your work timing that allows you to come home early while the kids are still awake? The friendships you’ve developed with your colleagues? Focus your mind on these things, and whenever you’re stressed out, tell yourself, “Hey, at least I’ve got this job.”
2. Do more of the things that bring you joy
One way or another, you’ll discover things that excite you at work. Do you find joy in organizing your emails? Are you always delighted to decorate the office for the holidays? Do you like organizing staff parties? Try doing more of these tasks so you have something to look forward to at work.
3. Start your day good
If there’s any morning routine that makes you feel good, then start your day that way. Do you love exercising in the morning? Go ahead. Do you love your morning coffee? Don’t skip it. Do you like arriving at work while it’s still empty so you can enjoy a quiet morning? Then come to work earlier. A day that starts good usually ends good.
4. Find balance between work and play
Don’t burn yourself out by just working and not allowing time to play. Take the kids out every weekend. Do some yoga. Play tennis. And don’t bring work home, or you’ll keep blaming your job for stressing you out. As much as possible, work hard when there’s work, and play harder when the work’s all done.
There are more techniques out there, but while they may help you find joy in your job, they won’t change the fact if you’re really unhappy with it. If it’s nagging you from within and you think it’s best to move on, then it’s probably time to start seriously looking for another job you can hopefully really love.
JK Legaspi is a freelance writer and owner of the blog Empowered Moms at Home (www.empoweredmomsathome.com)