Tuesday, July 21, 2015

10 things to do if you hate your job and can't quit....

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a love/hate relationship with my job.  Working full-time with a baby has been almost excruciatingly painful on so many levels.  Luckily, I have an amazing business partner who has lessened some of my burdens and my new role at the same place can be quite blissful at times.  However, before that was the case I used to make a list in my notebook.  I will share this list with you now........

What to do if you hate your job and can't quit......

1.  Shower everyday before work and never the night before -  This might be obvious to anyone over the age of 12, but I used to think showering at night left more time for sleep in the morning. This is never a good tactic.  A good shower lightens your mood as you walk out the door, and in my case, helps me stay awake for the 40 minute commute.

2.  Buy a new outfit - When you wake up, take a hot shower and then put on new clothes you automatically feel better.  You will absolutely like life more, which in turn helps you have a better attitude about your dreadful job.

3.  Create a friendship - When I used to work in craft sales I didn't enjoy my job but I created a strong friendship with a co-worker at the time.  She was such an inspiration at that point in my life and even though we don't talk often, I still enjoy her association. At my current job my co-workers are less social but I love interacting with my clients regularly. Find that person inside your work place who you can share life's accomplishments with.

4.  Don't complain or entrench yourself with the complainers on the job - I made this mistake at one point.  Then whenever something ridiculous would happen in the office I'd be swarmed with complainers about whatever drama was taking place.  I couldn't control the outcomes and neither could my counter parts.  No one likes a Gladys Kravitz - get out of the trench and stay out.

5.  Don't complain to your spouse about your job - clearly you see my re-occurring problem. Let me repeat, nobody likes a complainer!! Even if they love you and married you and think you're a hottie in the bedroom they don't want to hear it night after night.  I slip up on this occasionally, but its one of the best things I've ever done for our marriage.  Chris has never complained about anything in his life so I've never been on the receiving end of this.

6.  Keep a notebook - I've mentioned before but recording my feelings has always been very therapeutic.  It's also something to look forward too when things get quiet.  In my old position I was hourly, which required me to be a clock watcher. I personally consider clock watching to be one of the worst forms of torture.  Don't watch the clock, write!

7.  Do something at lunch - for years I worked through lunch because it meant I got to go home earlier.  I'm still working on this, but for other reasons now.  There's always so much to do.  Go for a walk, read your scriptures, lay on the grass, just give yourself that break. Now I leave the office for lunch no matter what.

8.  Pray for help - I had a pretty intense conflict with a co-worker at one point.  I've never been so prayerful in my life.  No one truly understands what your going through, other than your Savior Jesus Christ.

9.  Figure out Podcasts - This one has really helped me enjoy my commute.  There's so much good knowledge out there that can be soaked up.  Taking the time to find some good podcasts that make you want to be better before heading into some place you hate is very helpful.

10.  Realize that doing something you hate, helps you find out what you love - I don't think there's a better way for you to find out what your passions are, unless you do something you hate.  When you spend 8 hour shift, after 8 hour shift thinking of things you'd rather be doing than what you are currently doing, leads to some pretty great insight. You become fixated on the person who you want to become and that my friends is a very powerful tool.

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