Some jobs just suck. Monday morning comes along and getting yourself out of bed is like trying to lift Thor’s hammer… it’s just not going to happen without a superhero.
Then winter comes. LOL. Game over.
Many people don’t have the luxury of loving what they do. With bills to pay and mouths to feed, the pay cheque is the priority, not the passion. So how do you get through it?
You take a deep breath while rubbing your earlobes, chant ‘woosaahh’ and follow these tips:
1. Speak up
Voicing your thoughts is important for two reasons: Keeping your sanity and working towards change. But these are often practised in different ways.
First, you need to vent, but it shouldn’t be to your colleagues or on social media. Rather find a secure outlet where you can rant without worrying about your ramblings turning against you - an anonymous online forum for instance, or with close family and friends.
The other ‘speak up’ recommendation we have is open up to your boss or supervisor – someone who can help you to address and resolve any crappiness. If you have a problem, do something about it. The key is to position it tactfully so you don’t seem negative.
2. A fun outlet
Find a way to cope. Whether it’s by chanting ‘aum’ in the lotus position after hours, joining a book club that only meets to drink wine, or starting a fun team project at the office, you’ve got to do it. Laughing is the ultimate distraction from a tired existence at the office.
3. Get out of it
If the situation is so bad that your options are to gouge out your eyes or find another place to work, pick the lesser of the two evils and get your CV ready. And these days, it isn’t unusual to change careers completely – some stats even speculate that, in an average lifetime, people change careers 5 to 7 times But such a change shouldn’t be taken lightly.
To help you decide what you really want to do, Elene Cafasso of Enerpace Inc. Executive Coaching suggests taking a good look at what’s worked for you in the past.
Make a list of all the jobs you’ve ever had and then write down the pros and cons for each of them. You should start to see a pattern of the kinds of things you enjoy in your career and the things you don’t – this will guide you in looking for a more suitable position in the future.