“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.”
When you hate your job, it can be really difficult to want to get up in the morning and make yourself go. Especially when you think about doing it over and over again for the next twenty years.
Keeping up the mental willpower to go to work, be happy, and stay motivated is not easy. It’s also not very realistic.
Eventually, you’ll start to burn out. Sundays will roll around, and you’ll feel dread the whole day about having to start the week over tomorrow.
Maybe you already feel this way… and if so, I get it.
I was at a job that made me wish I wouldn’t wake up in the morning. Whenever my alarm would go off, I’d just lay in bed staring up at the ceiling, hoping for something tragic to happen to me.
I’d cry in the bathroom on my lunch break, and would have panic attacks. Needless to say, it was a struggle.
Even if you enjoy your job for the most part, it can be very easy to fall into a boring routine.
Before I go into how you can improve your mindset about your job, I do want to say that this only works if you really want to stay at your job.
Being at a job 40+ hours a week takes up a big chunk of your life, and if you hate it then it can easily take over other parts of your life. So, if you are truly miserable, it’s probably a good idea to start looking somewhere else. Life is too short to stay at a job that makes you hate your life! It doesn’t have to be that way. It’s not normal to hate your job all of the time.
1. Switch Up Your Routine
Having the same routine every day can quickly take the excitement out of your life, and after a while it will freak you out (hence why some people have a mid-life crisis).
A switch in your routine might be just what you need to feel refreshed and motivated again.
From the moment you wake up to when you go to bed, you can change up your whole day and make it more exciting. Maybe you can wake up an hour earlier and start working out in the morning. Or, read a chapter of a new book.
Some ways you can change up your routine include:
- Waking up earlier
- Going on a walk every day at lunch
- Creating a new playlist and making yourself go to the gym every day after work.
- Setting a goal like training for a triathlon or saving money to go on a vacation
Setting goals, and working towards things outside of work will do wonders for your mindset about work. Your job won’t seem so magnified, and you’ll gain a different perspective.
2. Take Hourly Breaks
Taking a 5 minute break every hour can quickly improve your mindset, reduce stress, and help you focus more!
Sounds great, huh? You might think that it’s counter-productive, but research has shown that our attention spans are shorter than goldfish.
This means that taking a break every hour will only help you in the long run, and it’s better to work on a project in smaller increments.
I like to use the Pomodoro Technique, which is a technique that breaks down your time into 25 minutes increments. You focus for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break.
Since I work from home, this is more doable. You might work for a company, which makes it trickier since you have a boss that might not approve.
That’s why a 5 minute break every hour will do the trick! If anything, you can blame it on having a small bladder and needing to pee every hour.
3. Focus On The Positives
If you’re really dreading your job and struggling to find any good in it, trying to be positive can be hard!
I’ve been there. At my old job, I was so burnt-out that all I could see was a black cloud over everything.
If you get to this point, you might be better off looking for a new job.
But, if you are really trying to make your job work for you, then you can change your mindset to be more positive.
It just takes work on your part.
Some ways to focus on the positive:
- Remind yourself that your job is paying for things like a warm home, food on the table, and freedom for you to have fun outside of work.
- Listen to interesting podcasts that inspire you.
- Every day you go to work, you are working on improving your skills and challenging yourself to stick it out.
If there is anything about your job that is making you consider quitting, it’s best to let your boss know. Maybe you work with a really negative co-worker, or are trying to cut back on hours. Instead of immediately trying to look for another job, consider talking to someone about it first.
This depends on where you work, but most companies do try their best to hold onto their employees and will be willing to work with you. And if you respect your company enough, speaking up about a problem could immediately improve your job.
Even just letting someone know about your struggles can help your mindset, because you aren’t holding it inside anymore and there’s potential to fix it.
And if they don’t do anything about it, then it’s a sign it’s time to get out of there.
Work on these steps, and see if there’s some improvement. Working at a job does involve some effort on your part to make it enjoyable. You can talk to others about it, work on changing up your routine, and focus on being more positive. That’s about all you can do, and if things aren’t any better then it’s probably time to leave!
Remember, not all jobs are bad and there are people who enjoy their work! It’s possible, and if this job you’re at now isn’t doing the trick, there are plenty of other jobs out there that will!
Do you have other ways you work on having a better mindset about work? Leave a comment below!