How To Tough Out The Job You Hate

How To Tough Out The Job You Hate

Your alarm rings at 5 a.m. and the first thought in your mind is, “not again.”  Another day spending 8 hours in a job you can’t stand can be just the thing to put your otherwise happy life in upheaval.

While we all fantasize about being able to just walk away, there are times when your mortgage, children, or debt may force you to stay in the job regardless of how you feel about it.  When the daily drudgery of going to the same job is taking its toll, follow these strategies to help you tough it out.

1.  Change your perception.
According to the Harvard Business Review, it can be helpful to segment your job in to two categories.  Identify the part you don’t like about your job and (this is the hard part) identify the positive aspects of your work.  Even if the only positive is that your job is giving you money, focus on that on a daily basis.

2.  Work on relationships.
Before I left a job I no longer loved, the one thing that kept me sane was relationships with others at work.  I purposely surrounded myself with the positive people at my job simply to keep my spirits up.  Resist the urge to spend time with other negative people in the office.  It will just make you more miserable.

3.  Make plans.
Make plans for the weekend or make plans for your exit.  Regardless, give yourself something to look forward to instead of the daily grind.  Make a list of things you are looking forward to and focus on those things.  Outline the steps you want to take to get a new job.  Having something to look forward to will help alleviate the sinking feeling you have about your job.