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We’ve all been there, countdowning the time when work ends, and you can leave the office, looking forward to the weekends and dreading the weeks, but unfortunately we all need and job to pay our bills. If only there was another way!
You may currently be looking for a new job, are trying to understand the career path that's really right for you, or trying to work out quite why you hate your job so much, but in the meantime, here are a few pointers to help keep you going while you bide your time in between.
Enjoy your passions
As it’s coming up to summer, there isn’t anything worse than having to be inside when it seems as though the world around you is outside, enjoying the sun and having fun.
Take some time to think about what you like doing, whether it’s going for walks, listening to music or making pots. Take more time to work at your hobbies, scheduling them into your life so that you’ve always got something to look forward to at the end of the day instead of just slumping down in front of the sofa. Set yourself goals with your hobbies, for example, learning a new piece of music by the end of the summer or writing one post a week on your blog. Over time you’ll have gained a sense of achievement which will keep you motivated to move forward with the work aspect of your life.
Why, just why?
What is causing you so much anguish at work? Is it one or two people, for example your boss? Is it the office culture? Or are you just plain bored?
Understanding why you don’t like your job means that you can help yourself to understand the ways in which you can improve it day-to-day. For example, if it is your boss you could look at moving to a different department or gaining a secondment. If you are bored you might want to think about upskilling and spending a bit of time learning on-the-job. If the office culture isn’t for you, consider what office environment you’d enjoy working in, remembering all the useful skills and experience you’ve gained in your currently role will be beneficial in a new role. .
Even if you can find a temporary solution, it’s the first step to getting to where you want to be, and may even benefit your future career.
Leave your work troubles at work
If you’ve had a frustrating day at work, don’t bring your negativity home with you. When you step out the door of the office, breathe, and think in a new and positive light. Forget about everything that happened during the day. You’re free! Even though it’s a hard thing to do and an easy thing to say, your negativity will only filter through to the rest of your family, and make you unhappy for the rest of the evening and weekends when you could be relaxing and enjoying yourself.
However, if you’ve a partner, do speak to him or her about your frustrations in the workplace, how they are affecting you and why you feel this is the case. They’ll be able to give you some useful advice on what you should do to eventually get out of the situation, lend an ear to any pent-up frustration, and be more willing to accept your anxiety/frustration/anger if they know what’s making you upset.
Plan your career
Plan where you want to be over the next few years, in one, two, and even five years from now. Research how you might achieve your goals, and make plans to move further towards your goals. Working towards your long-term career goals will help give you some perspective on your day-to-day job, as well as something to look forward to. When you’ve reached a milestone you’ll then have something to celebrate and it will certainly feel like a sense of achievement.
Remember it's small
Take a step back and breathe every now and then, and whenever you are feeling frustrated. Remember that you are lucky enough to have a job that pays the bills and gives you a roof over your head, whilst many others aren't so fortunate. Also remember that you are doing everything you can to get to where you want to be, and all your efforts will soon pay off.
Talk to your colleagues
Talk to those beyond your immediate circle, and find out how they tick. You never know, you might have made your new best friend. Bonding with collegaues will also give you the opportunity to understand how the company as a whole works, as you'll be able to see different people's roles, which may also help you further your career and a sideways or upward move might be all it takes to make you feel happier.
Taking on opportunities with others that might not necessarily be part of your jobs description means that you'll start to enjoy the social aspect of your job, giving you something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning, and you'll find that working with others increases your engagement in the office.
Invest in yourself
Remember what you want in the long-term and invest in ways to improve yourself. This could involve online learning to help you develop your skills in your industry, or networking at events and conferences to learn more about the industry as a whole. There might be an opportunity to gain new skills via your company's professional development programme, so as your boss whether anything is feasible for you in this regard. However you improve yourself your boss is bound to notice and will hopefully appreciate the time and effort you are putting in (preferably with a promotion!)