Dealing with a job you don’t like

By Carly Newton

Photo by Steinar Engeland on Unsplash

Having a job is a necessity. Your job will provide you with money in exchange for good portions of your daily life. Sometimes we’re happy to give our time to our employer, and other times we’re not so happy to share our time. 

When you work at a job that you don’t like, the money you’re getting often seems not to be worth it. But, quitting is not always the easy or right choice, depending on your life circumstances. People who have bills and children to take care of may have a hard time finding another job on short notice. If you find yourself in this position, this article may help.

Emily Gangi is one person who has dealt with a job she does not like and did not enjoy going to every day. She had some advice for people who may be in the same situation that she was in with their place of work. 

“To help get motivation, I thought about all of the benefits I would be receiving by having the job,” Gangi said. “I remembered that it was only temporary, and I was doing this to pay off my car and that it would not last forever.”

Gangi got motivated by reminding herself what she was doing it all for — her bills. She also believes that being positive about her situation has helped her in the long run.

“Try to look on the bright side of things and be thankful that you have the opportunity to make money. Remember what you are working for and try to make the workspace a fun environment to be in,” Gangi said.

Having a positive mental attitude is a decision that can drastically improve your workplace. If you are constantly finding yourself dreading going to work or staring at the clock while you are at work, it is obvious that you are not going to enjoy it, and your shift will go by slower. If you can find positives about going to work like, working with your favorite co-worker, or even looking forward to eating the lunch you made — anything positive will ultimately make your day better. 

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The article “What to Do When You Hate Your Job and You Don’t Have Anything Else Lined Up (Yet)” by Kat Boogaard lists a few changes you can make in your daily life to make your work more tolerable and enjoyable. 

“Do Your Best Work. When you’re unhappy, it’s easy to fall into the trap of coasting and putting in minimal effort. I’ll admit that it can seem counterintuitive to put your all into something when you don’t even like what you’re doing. But, falling victim to mediocrity will only add fuel to your discontented fire,” the fifth tip in the article read. 

This was my favorite tip in Boogaard’s article because it is something we don’t think about in the moment. It can be satisfying to get your work done and be successful at it, so it makes sense why this tip would help you deal with dissatisfaction at your job. On top of that, when you are ready to leave your job, your employer could still speak highly of you in a reference. This is one reason why you can’t let your disdain for your job affect your productivity.

While there is no simple solution to dealing with a job you hate or dislike, it’s important to look for ways you can improve your experience at work. After all, we do spend a lot of our time at our job. It’d be a shame if we dreaded so much of our lives. It should be remembered that not every job lasts forever if you don’t want it to — keep your dreams alive and always strive for something better while also enjoying what’s happening in front of you. 

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