5 Tips to Help you Stay Sane at a job You Hate.
Hate your job but haven’t landed a new one yet?
Here are 5 tips on getting through it without losing your sanity.
Do you have days at work where the clock cannot move fast enough? You find yourself in meetings doing everything in your control not to fly over the conference room table to slap someone silly; especially the “happy-go-lucky” coworker who is always in a good mood and ends every sentence she speaks with an inspirational quote? When the clock finally strikes five, you sprint out the door telling your coworkers, (teeth clenched and fake smile on), “Bye have a nice night.” Then you proceed home with road rage flipping off every car in your path.
If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Research suggests that 48% of U.S. workers are unhappy with their job.
So, you have made a firm decision to find a new one. What can you do to get through it in the meantime?
- Surround yourself with positive people. We spend an average of 90,000 hours at work over our lifetimes. That is too much time to live in an unhappy place. It may just behoove you to hang around “Miss Happy Pants” more and avoid your negative, gossipy coworkers. It may feel good to vent from time to time, however, complaining too often can affect your mood and in turn your productivity.
- Stay focused and on task. You will leave work each day feeling more accomplished which in turn can increase the serotonin levels in your brain preventing you from driving your car straight through your boss’s office window. It is good to “go out with a bang” but not that kind of a bang.
- Ease your stress in healthy ways. Take a walk or meditate during your lunch. Download motivational podcasts and listen to them when you do not have to interact with coworkers, clients or attend meetings. Change all of your passwords to uplifting, funny statements to put a smile on your face every time you enter them. Ex: “iamthebombdotcom.”
- Be empathetic and be kind. Everyone is fighting their own battle. Try not to take things personally when others rub you the wrong way. Go out of your way to make your coworkers and customers smile. Wave at people you do not even know when you are driving home (this can ease road range too). Chances are that if you want to leave your job, you may not “like” your boss very much. It may very well kill you to do this, but as the saying goes, sometimes you just have to “kill ‘em with kindness.” Bring them a coffee or a doughnut for no reason; you do not even have to let them know it was from you. It can boost yours and your boss’s mood making for a more tolerable work environment.
- Don’t settle. Fear and time commitment can be setbacks to your job search success. Whatever the reason, something prompted you to want to leave bad enough. If you are miserable where you are at, you owe it to yourself and your family to find work that makes you happy. Maximize your job search efforts so that you can move on sooner than later. Bring your own computer to work and focus on your search during your breaks or during lunch.
Are you ready to move on to greener pastures?
There are jobs out there. It is possible to achieve career/life peace.