Easy Ways To Make Any Job Suck Less
Did you know that by the time it’s all said and done, most of us will spend 30 percent of our lives at work? That’s a lot of time, and spending it miserable is no way to live.
From frustrating bosses to tiny paychecks, most jobs leave much to be desired and even more to complain about. And at one point or another, based on our circumstances, we’re all unhappy at work — but does that have more to do with us than our 9 to 5?
While your least favorite parts of going to work aren’t always going to be in your control, how you look at them is completely up to you. And if you have to spend eight hours a day anywhere, it pays to make that time more enjoyable. Especially if it only takes a little work and a change of outlook.
You might find that looking on the bright side makes you not want to quit after all — or makes what you want to do (and how to get there) a lot clearer.
Pinpoint the Problem
Pulling into the parking lot makes you say “Lord, give me strength,” but what exactly is it about your job that’s stressing you out?
If it’s a slow operating system, nonsense policies that lead to ridiculous demands or something else that can be fixed, you might be able to work with your boss or co-workers to find a solution.
Balance It With Something You Like
You know how a new work blouse can make you look forward to work even on a Monday? Don’t be afraid to splurge on any things you can add to your desk or the work attire in your closet to encourage you on the way to your 9 to 5.
Learn to Stay Calm
Boss pissing you off? Change your way of looking at your interaction. She’s just giving you valuable practice for how to stay peaceful in any situation (which doesn’t only make you happier, it can help you live longer).
Take a Break From the Office Gossip
Office gossip about how much work (and a certain co-worker) sucks can make a workday a bad one — even if it wasn’t before. One way to stop focusing on such struggles? The next time everyone’s talking about how bad work is, remember that you have work to finish. The faster you can leave the office, the happier you will feel.
Start a Side Hustle
Not depending on your 9 to 5 for your entire income can take some of the pressure off that’s driving you crazy. And eventually your passion may become your main source of income and what takes you away from your day job.
Look for Ways to Make It Better
Frustrated energy can be useful if you put it to good use. Use your discomfort at work to look for ways to earn more, make the work culture better or even get an opportunity with a new role in the company in a different department.
Focus on Other Goals
Not every job can be a joy, but that doesn’t mean those eight hours have to go to waste. Use that time at your desk to work on your fitness goals, grow something beautiful or even work on your people skills.
Continue Your Education
If it’s your occupation that bothers you, look into going back to school or taking night classes to learn something new.
Have After-Work Rewards
Another way to balance the day’s negativity? By purchasing something amazing for lunch or rewarding yourself with a little online shopping every Wednesday. Having things to look forward to during a long work day can make the hours more bearable.
And while it’s tempting to use those days to binge-watch Netfilx, try to get away even if you’re not going very far. A change in scenery can go a long way to recharge your batteries and change your mindset in the way staying at home just can’t do.
Know When You Need a Break
We don’t know when employers are going to take mental health days as seriously as sick days, but until then, you will have to make them happen on your own. When you just can’t, don’t be afraid to take a day off. You will be less likely to burn out.
Change Something Small
If the days are running together and every day but Friday feels like it’s boring in the same way, shake things up. Have lunch somewhere different, redecorate your cubicle or connect with a new person at work. Changing something small can go a long way in changing your outlook at work.
Don’t just dream of the day you’re going to get away, save for it. That extra income can be the cushion you need to take a break while you pursue your dreams — and give you motivation to put in extra hours.
Consider Working for Yourself
If you reach the “I just can’t anymore” moment at every job? It may be a sign that working for someone else just isn’t for you. Not every woman was meant to have a boss. With that being said, it might be time to freelance or start your own business.