If you’re someone who enjoys hearing the sound of your alarm clock because that means it’s time to prepare for work, then congratulations! The thing is, most people hate their job. In fact, many studies show that about 80% of people are dissatisfied with their jobs. This means that 4 out of 5 people you see every day are living unhappily.
Of course, every one of us has an option to change careers and find the job that fulfills our passion. However, only few of us have the courage to do it. Maybe you really need the job, and you can’t give it up because it’s something that provides you and your family what you need. Or you think that it’s better to stay put, as you might not find another job that matches you salary and benefits.
It’s true that in this world that is full of competition and uncertainty, it’s really hard to find the job that can satisfy you professionally and personally. However, I believe that there are a few ways that you can do to enjoy doing your work even if you don’t like it now. Here are some:
Focus on what you like about your work.
Ok, let’s say you don’t like your job per se. But there are definitely some things that you don’t completely hate about it. Sit down and take a few minutes to think about those things. (Sure there is, otherwise, why you’re still there?) Maybe you chose to stay in your job because it’s just near your home and you no longer need to fight traffic every day. Or maybe your workplace has better facility condition than others, which is a good thing. Or maybe there are some parts of your job that you really like doing, and that’s a plus. Also consider things like learning opportunities, break benefits, and other perks, such as company outings, bonuses, or retirement plans.
Learn something new or ask for new duties.
One of the common reasons why most people are unhappy at work is because they are bored. If you can do your job even if your eyes are closed, then it’s not a surprise why you’re not happy. Most people are happiest when they know that they’re doing something fulfilling and useful to others. So challenge yourself and learn something that can make your job more interesting, as well as make you more useful to your company. If it requires you to enroll to a new class, attend some training, or get more responsibilities, then do so.
Find something that will inspire you to work harder.
Even if your job is one of the dullest jobs in the world, you can still turn it into something enjoyable if you focus on the good things about it. Focus on the goal of your work. Why do you stay? Do you want to maintain your family’s current lifestyle? Or do you want to secure their future? Perhaps, you dream of having your own car someday and to be able to have it, you must continue working harder. Or perhaps, you want to purchase that house that you are dreaming for quite long time. Or maybe, you want to treat your family to an amazing country where they can enjoy the sun and beach. Think about those things and you’ll get a new view about your work.
Hang out with a group of positive-minded individuals.
In every organization, there will always be these people who take delight in spinning things in a negative direction – these are cynics or simply known as negative individuals. Negative people can be real discouragement. No matter what you say or do, they will always try to make you believe that life is meaningless. On the other hand, there will also be these people who always see good things in everything – these are optimist or simply know as positive individuals. These people, no matter how harsh life already is, will always think positively and creatively. Always spend time to a group of positive-minded people; this will help you become more motivated, inspired, and productive.
Treat yourself and do something that you really like.
One of the very reasons why people feel unhappy about their work is because they’re doing the job that they don’t see themselves doing. Your passion may lie somewhere else, that’s why you feel unsatisfied with your current career. If so, find time to do what you really like. It can be a hobby, an activity, or even a business that you really dream of having. Use your spare time, breaks, or weekends to pursue that something that you ultimately want to do. Even for a moment, forget about your current work, your house chores, and even your tax return!