Surviving a Job You Don’t Love
You go into work every day, but you’ve lost your enthusiasm. It’s become not just routine, but borderline painful. You feel a little guilty for being less than thrilled on the job, but at the same time, it seems like it’s just not worth the effort anymore.
If you’re in this spot now, it’s okay. I’ve been there, and many other people have, too. And while I’m sure that’s great for you to know, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to get through this limbo time until you find your next gig — the one that you’re truly passionate about.
I wish I had seen this post on the Brazen Life when I was going through a rough patch: “How to Keep Your Head in the Game When Your Heart’s Left the Building.” First of all, I love the title, because that’s exactly how it is. Second, the tips are spot on and a good reality check. You can’t just walk around the office sulking all the time — you have to keep things in perspective. Here’s a few of my favorite tips from Brazen Life’s Kelly Gurnett:
- Remember that this is temporary. Once you know that a job isn’t working out, and you’ve decided to start looking, keep reminding yourself that this is temporary. You will only have to put up with this for a little while longer, and even if you feel trapped, you aren’t. No one will make you work there forever — except, of course, yourself.
- Leave your work at work. When you leave the office, do your best to get out of work mode. Don’t spend two hours at night complaining about your job to your boyfriend, spouse, or best friend. Why waste more of your time and your life on something that isn’t worth it? Do something relaxing when you get home from work and enjoy your free time. But don’t self-medicate and drown your sorrows in food, drinks, or other harmful substances — you’ll just have more problems in the long run that won’t just be temporary.
- Be actively pursuing other opportunities. Of course, if you aren’t happy at your job, and you haven’t found a way to improve the situation internally, you have to be looking for other options. So many people complain about how much they dislike their jobs, how much things just aren’t working, how unhappy they’ve been lately — and yet they punish themselves by staying put. Even if you don’t find the perfect opportunity right away, keep looking. Check job sites regularly and actually send in your resume. Just checking them and doing nothing doesn’t count. Remember that you can always interview at a job and not take it — it’s all in your hands.
Check out the rest of Gurnett’s great tips here.