By JP Chartier
It’s Sunday night, and you’re about to go to bed, a brand new work week is only hours away, how does this make you feel? If you answered this question with words like: crappy, depressed, miserable, unmotivated, uninspired or angry, then it’s a safe bet that your job sucks.
It’s time you did something about it!
A few months ago, Gallup released the findings of their “2013 State of the American Work[place” poll and it’s grisly. According to the Gallup study, 70% of Americans either “hate” their jobs, or are “completely disengaged.”
This is a damn travesty and doesn’t bode well for mankind!
I know this was a poll on the American workplace, but I checked around and those in Europe and Canada don’t fair much better. Most people dislike their jobs and it’s a global epidemic!
So how does one start doing work they actually enjoy?
CREATE A LIST OF “PROS” & “CONS”
So you’ve come to the conclusion that your job sucks.First things first – lets make a list of all the things you like about your job, and all the things you dislike about your job. The object here is to get all this down on paper (or in the computer) so you can see them all together and contemplate them. You may find by comparing your pros and cons, that you really don’t have it too bad after all.
I found a pretty cool pro/con calculator here: http://www2.elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/tools/prosandcons.htm to help you with this. You simply type in all the good and bad about your job, then you rank each of them 1 – 5, with 5 being something you feel strongly about. When you’re through with all this, it gives you a score which helps you decide if you should stay or go. You can use this calculator to help you decide anything, not just jobs.
REALLY EXAMINE WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO DO
Now you have some real information before you, by completing the list above you now have a better understanding of what it is that you truly dislike and like about your job. Take the time to really examine and contemplate this list.
IT TAKES MORE THAN PASSION
It has been said by some really intelligent people that if you can find work that you have a passion for, you will never work a day again in your life. Some out there will lead you to believe that passion alone is all you need to succeed and be happy, but I disagree with this. Take for example the contestants on American Idol, they all no doubt have a deep passion for making music and becoming famous, but if all they have is passion and not any talent, they will most likely fail.
So passion is not all you need.
You need to ask the right questions so your passion doesn’t have you sprinting in the wrong direction, effectively wasting your life. Remember, there are millions of folks out there who work at a job they don’t especially love but they use their free time after work or on weekends to do what they have passion for.
CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE
I always thought that when I found myself in a less than desirable situation, it was in my best interest to remove myself from said situation/job immediately. But when the discussion is centered around quitting your job, that’s a major life-changing event, so it makes no sense to take such a dramatic move without thinking deeply about the alternatives first, and then decide some sort of “leaving strategy.”
But there is another way to look at it, without taking such dramatic steps, just change your perspective of the views and opinions you’ve formed about your place of employment.
Is it really that bad? Or is it that your attitude just needs a little adjusting? The way you perceive the events around you throughout the day will determine your well-being, and directly effects your health too. Maybe all that is needed is some basic knowledge on how to learn to handle the way you let what is happening effect you and your thoughts?
TALK TO THE DECISION MAKER
Why don’t you consider the options for making the job work before leaving. Speak to the person who makes the decisions- your boss, the owner etc. and talk about a transfer, a change in hours, or something along those lines.
A FEW THINGS FOR YOU TO CONTEMPLATE
When you’re struggling with a job you hate, it can seem like the end of the world. The key to your survival is having a vision beyond the troubles of today. Enduring a job you hate by trying to force yourself to love it isn’t necessary, and you don’t need to have all the answers for the problems either. You just need to cope long enough to find a new job.
Below I’ve listed a few suggestions that will help you cope with your less-than-ideal job. Who knows, you might even find that things aren’t all that bad after all.
- Set small goals for yourself
- Perform one act every day that will bring you closer to your dream job
- Think about the possibilities your job can lead to
- Give yourself something to look forward to at the end of the day, or week
- Try cultivating some work relationships
- Take breaks at work. I notice hard-working people all the time not taking their breaks, and I see that it affects them negatively. Your body and mind need the break. Take your lunch break away from work if you can, just getting away from work for 30 minutes or an hour can really help with your attitude
- Take care of yourself. Everything else we do affects how we feel at work. If we don’t get the proper amount of sleep, or we’re not eating right, our work life will suffer guaranteed.
PREPARE FOR DEPARTURE
Ok, so you’ve done all you can do and you believe that it’s in your best interest to find another job. So now it’s time to plan your escape! Start a secret job search while you’re still employed. Here are a few search programs to help you in your search: Indeed, Simply Hired, Link Up, Job Central, US.jobs, Career Jet, JuJu, Mployd, Just Jobs and Job Miner.
You’ve done all of the above and you’ve decided that this job really does suck and you can do better somewhere else. You’ve got another job lined up, it’s just a matter of leaving your old job and starting the new one. Do your future self a favor and give them a two-week notice.
REMINDER: Have you done something today that will move you closer to living the life of passion you desire? If not, what are you waiting for?