Let's face it, most of us don't get the opportunity to do exactly what we're best at everyday. Despite how much we read about strategies to find out what truly drives us, we continue in jobs we don't enjoy and that don't even adequately pay the bills. If you're in this position, I have six (6) tips, Straight Up, to help you deal with your misery.
1. Forget about enjoyment and just do it
You may be so focused on your idea of 'enjoying' your job (whatever 'enjoyment' may mean to you) that you're not taking the time to learn more in your work environment. Result? Stagnation, boredom, even less 'enjoyment', low productivity and even the risk of being let go.
Do your job. Learn more about what makes the business run. Learn more about what other people do. Just take the time to learn. No one is going to give you your dream job if you're just a miserable, stagnant complainer.
2. Tell Your Boss
Risky? Yes. Honest? Absolutely! If you don't enjoy what you do, don't lie. Say what you don't enjoy, but you better make sure that (a) you're very good at what your don't enjoy and (b)you can clearly articulate what you're better at and how you are willing to help in that area to demonstrate that you can make a shift.
3. Get a life
If your life at work is hellish then make sure that when you exit the gates of purgatory every day that you enjoy the heck out of the rest of the day.
Why is this word such taboo these days? Listen, if no one else is listening to you, God will. Pray without ceasing for the change you need and then act as if change is certain.
5. Make Your Lunch Break Count
Passionate about something else? Do it during your lunch break. Read about at lunch, watch the 'how to' videos on your tablet or phone, while taking a bite. Immerse yourself in it for that moment and then... get back to work.
6. Start the 'I hate my job' Club
When all of your club members get together, you'll get so sick of hearing each other complain all the time, you may actually decide to do something useful, like swap jobs, or find new jobs, or start a business.
You know, in the end, who says we have to enjoy work? It's WORK! It's NECESSARY! When work became something that we do for money, enjoyment of it became irrelevant.
Love it or hate it, I'd love your comments on this post, or just share your ideas on how we can defeat work misery.