Good morning Dinks. Last week we wrote a post about how to love your job and from all the great comments I quickly learned that not everyone loves their job.
Sometimes we grow up to be what we wanted to be as a kid, but for many of us we just sort of fall into a career and stick with it because we have responsibilities. It’s not necessarily our dream job – it’s just a pay check.
Where are you right now as you read this? Are you at work trying to prolong whatever tasks you have to get done today? That’s a major reason why I read online newspapers in the morning. I’m not afraid to get caught because if anyone calls me out on my morning reading I can just tell them that I’m keeping up to date on the markets. It’s the perfect plan!
To help you make your days a little more interesting and even a little bit more fun I decided to share some more secrets with you about how I make it through all my tough days at the office.
4 more tips to help you learn to love your job
1. Don’t harp on the things you hate. There is nothing worse in life then negativity, it’s contagious and it spreads like wildfire. Being angry about the things that you hate at work aren’t going to make it better – what’s going to make it better is if you don’t think about your less desirable tasks. Just get them done and move on to something you like. Or even better, change the way you do them so that you learn to love the things you hate.
2. Remember that you don’t have to do it forever. A job doesn’t necessarily have to be until retirement. If you don’t like your job then figure out what you really want to be doing and then get the skills required to land your dream job. I went back to school to study journalism because I wanted to be a full time writer and now I work in corporate communications.
3. Treat your day like a reality show. This may sound a bit crazy but I honestly do it. Right now I am watching Big Brother 15 all summer and whenever a co-worker does something that I don’t like I just pretend that I am going to vote them out next. I know that it sounds childish but honestly it really helps me get through the day.
Sometimes I also plan what I say or do as if I was a houseguest on Big Brother who doesn’t want to get voted out. I end up biting my tongue and keeping my thoughts to myself. I avoid confrontations, I keep to myself, I stay away from anything negative and then I go home at 5 pm. So far it’s working out just lovely.
4. Think about the opposite…being unemployed. You know that vacation you are looking forward to? Well you couldn’t take it without the pay check from your job. Look forward to your next vacation – it will definitely help you get through the day.
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