We study hard, work even harder and then our biggest fear comes to life: we end up stuck in a job that we absolutely hate. This happens to the best of us and it’s a pretty common scenario. There are so many factors that are key to a positive work experience: a friendly office environment with coworkers who actually talk to you, an inspiring boss who mentors you and appreciates what you do, and satisfying and demanding yet not super stressful tasks and responsibilities. If you have some of these elements in your work life, but not all of them you can still enjoy your day-to-day, but if none of them are your reality, then it’s pretty likely that you wake up in the morning and groan at the thought of another day in the opposite of paradise. If this describes you, then read on for this how-to guide on how to love your life even when you hate your job.
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1. Set Personal Goals
You know all about professional goals. But personal ones are just as important, especially when you’re having a rough time at the office and are in need of some cheering up. Think about how you want to grow, learn and change as a person in the next year. Maybe you want to become an incredibly talented cook or want to learn how to knit. Maybe you want to lose 5 pounds and get into a normal exercise routine that you actually enjoy rather than your typical feeling of dread. Write your goals down and make sure that you’re working towards them. Try to reach a new goal each week. This will keep you moving forward with what you want in life, even if your career isn’t exactly moving forward.
2. Get Colourful
A life lived in colour is definitely a happy one. Who wants to be stuck in a drab black and white world? Wear a colourful item of clothing every single day. It could even just be your purse or your nails if you’re more of a conservative dresser but it will still boost your mood. Eat colourful food, too. Make sure fruit is a part of your daily menu. Add a hint of colour to every single one of your meals: some bright green avocado on your work lunch salad, a handful of blueberries in your dinnertime quinoa. It will make life a tiny bit more exciting which is definitely what you’re in desperate need of right now.
3. Make Breakfast Your Favourite Meal
Breakfast is your time. It’s a good chance to read a few pages of the novel you’re currently into, to catch up on the day’s news or browse your social media feeds. Your mom probably told you that it’s the most important meal of each day but it can be the most fun one, too. Get creative and spruce up your usual fare. Add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raspberries and a spoonful of almond butter to your typical oatmeal. Try some pumpkin butter on your whole-grain toast paired with scrambled eggs. These simple additions can go a long way toward making your breakfast taste much better and you will actually look forward to this morning meal instead of groaning that it’s time to get up yet again.
4. Go Crazy on Weekends
Okay, so don’t actually go crazy, but do whatever you want on the weekends (within reason, of course). You might be a party person and so you want to throw a wild get-together with your friends. Or going crazy to you might mean baking up a storm and curling up with a stack of mystery novels. Embrace your personality and your choice of weekend activities, and have fun. The weekends are truly your time and there’s no point in spending those two days worrying about the job that you despise.
5. Rethink Your Sunday Nights
When you hate your job, Sunday night feels just like it did back in high school when you were dreading the thought of going back to school the next morning after a fun, relaxing weekend. So make a change and don’t just sit at home hating that you have to return to the office in the morning. Have a standing dinner date with a good friend or throw Sunday night dinner parties. Your friends will love you and appreciate the chance to not have to cook on a Sunday evening, and you’ll enjoy the distraction. It’ll allow you to wake up the next morning and commute to work with a smile on your face, and you’ll be reminded that you have good people in your life and you’re more than your lousy job
6. Take Your Health Seriously
When you’re unhappy about one aspect of your life – in this case, your work – you have to be committed to living a healthy lifestyle. If you refuse to work out and sit around all day and survive on pizza and sugary cereal, you’re just going to feel much worse, and that’s not a good plan. So get sweaty, drink your green juice (or eat a salad if green juice grosses you out) and go to bed at a decent time every night. Or binge-watch some of your favorite shows every evening if that’s your idea of taking care of yourself. Whatever works.
7. Never Be Boring
Your job is boring enough, right? You don’t need to sit at home every single evening of the week biting your nails because you have nothing to do. Go out, see your friends, go to concerts and movies and take advantage of the fun events that your city or town has to offer. There’s a whole world out there that’s bigger than the walls of your office. You deserve to experience every last second of it.
8. Daydream About the Future
There’s nothing wrong with a little daydreaming. It never hurt anyone and it can do a lot to make you forget about your situation for a few moments. You can even let your daydream become your reality if you start making a game plan about getting another job or switching industries entirely if that’s what you decide to do. Your bad job doesn’t have to last forever. Remember that. Since changing your life takes time and doesn’t happen overnight, daydreaming for a little bit of time every day will go a long way toward helping keep your mental outlook positive in the meantime.
9. Actually Use Your Vacation Time
Who can afford a vacation right now? Well, whether you can or not, you better find somewhere cheap to go for at least a few long weekends out of the year because you deserve a break and you should use your vacation time. It’s being offered to you, and it’s the perfect excuse to get away from your crappy job for a little while. A short trip will boost your spirits and remind you that you’re still alive and a boring job is not the end of the world.
Do you cry at the thought of going back to work in the morning? With this how-to guide you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your life even with the worst job in the world.