It can be something that consumes our entire outlook on life if we let it, and it’s not particularly difficult to let it color our outlook on everything with a negative hue. Working in a career you don’t like is something that, surprisingly, a lot of people just put up with now. The age-old adage of hard work paying off appears to be for less purpose now than it ever used to be. And while competition for jobs is more rife now, especially the more desired roles, a lot of us feel inclined to stay in a safe job, with the regular paycheck that we get every month and live a life of complete mundanity. But is that all there is? Or can you make the most out of where you are? Of course you can! And here is how.
Starting Your Day On The Right Note
It may be a little thing, but how you feel first thing in the morning will affect how you feel during the rest of your workday. So if you can spend a few moments to do something when you get up that makes you feel good, instead of waking up late to rush for the bus and making it to your desk just in time (which will inevitably set you up for a bad day). Instead, do something that’s a real treat for you. And whether this means getting up a little bit earlier, it will be worth it because it will set your tone for the day, and will reduce stress and anxiety.
Find Ways To Make Progress
Once we’ve made the decision that we are in a job or a career that we don’t like, we can feel an overwhelming sense of apathy, but we lack the drive to fix it properly. So, instead of focusing on the negative aspects, it’s better to find a suitable way to distract your mind from these negative thoughts. And the best way to do this is to find little things to make progress in. They don’t have to be major things, they can be simple things that you will need to complete before the end of your working day, and are usually work-related. Feeling that sense of accomplishment at the end of the day will help you feel like you’ve done something. And if you are in a job role that makes you feel that you are incapable of accomplishing anything there, it could be something like a job search, or tweaking your CV during your lunch break.
Have You Spoken To Your Employer About This?
You may have spent a lot of time bottling up your emotions about your job, and it’s starting to manifest itself in other ways, it’s very likely that your employer will have taken notice. But if you feel you are unable to cope, then it’s best for you to sit down and actually open up to your employer about how you’re feeling in your role. They may have ways and methods to help you through this difficult period, or they may refer you to some specialist services such as EAP services (employee assistance programs) or even counseling. Or simply, they may refer you to HR, where you may be able to discuss being put into a role that is a better fit for your skills and personality. Employee welfare is high on the list of priorities for most line managers and managers, and while they may appear distracted by targets and the like, if they are a good manager, then they will do what they can to help you out of this difficult situation. If you don’t feel you can speak to your immediate superior, then go higher, or speak to someone who will listen.
Do You Make A Lot Of Decisions In Your Job?
Decision fatigue is something that is all too real for people who have a lot of duties. It doesn’t have to be someone who is a line manager, if you are the one person in your team that has been lumped with a lot more work because you are the more talented member of staff, this can be a lot of pressure. As a result, anxieties will arise, and a gradual hatred of the role may rear its ugly head. Decision fatigue is something that will wear down your cognitive resources, which will make any subsequent decision more difficult. You can cut back on making fewer decisions by putting some of your general everyday decisions into an autopilot setting. The very famous example is Steve Jobs, who wore the same outfit every day, so didn’t need to waste time picking out a suit. Make your meals the same thing for lunch or breakfast every day during the week, and change it the following week. In terms of making decisions at work, it’s worth asking yourself if you have a strong opinion about the decision, if not, then it may be better for you to sit that decision out.
Giving Yourself A Bigger Sense Of Purpose
Do you mainly focus on your own feelings about the job? If so, you may want to start thinking about helping a colleague. This actually helps you feel happier during work. It doesn’t have to be a big thing; it can be as simple as grabbing your colleague’s coffee, or helping them on a big project if you have the time. The hard part is to try and do this everyday instead of once in a blue moon, and the best way to do this is to just put a reminder on your calendar. By helping a colleague, not only are you helping them and yourself, but you are building more fruitful work relationships, which will only go to improve the working atmosphere for you and your colleague.
Being in a career or job role that we can’t take to is something that can weigh heavy on our sense of wellbeing. But if you try and implement a few of these methods into your working day, it should help you to feel more accomplished in your line of work. But also it may give you a whole new perspective on the role itself, or may fill you with new ideas, or even inspire you to find a better route to the top within the same organization.
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