There’s enough out there for us to discuss if it’s important to love your job – think of that saying that if you love your job you’ll never a work a day in your life. And, don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll spend some time focusing on work/love/play.
Today though, I want to focus on when you don’t love your job – or you simply don’t love your job on this day. It can be a really disheartening thing to not want to go to work each day yet you have to. So! Here are some tips to make today more manageable as you pack your lunch.
Sleep! Sleep makes everything seem easier. I promise!
Eat! Make your lunch, or make a plan to leave your desk, get outside, and find something healthy. No, chinese food from the place that you’re slightly scared of doesn’t count.
Workout! Pumping some iron or hitting the pavement will get you more amped for your day. And it’ll give you endorphins. Which makes you happy – thanks Legally Blonde.
Cut! Cut out some of your communications with people who you work with that generally complain. Complaining can feel good for the venting moment, but it doesn’t give actionable steps for improvement. Next time your colleague is complaining, try asking them what they would do to fix the problem, rather than just be upset about it. Or, try asking them about their weekend! Switch it to a fun water cooler chat instead of bashing Jim and his processes.
Write! Write some sentences each day in the beginning and the end about what you like and don’t like. Let that knowledge help you figure out if this is simply a low point, or a flag to start hunting.
Create! Expand your brain in new ways, maybe take a ceramics class (I’m crushing mine) or schedule some weekend hikes. Or, start researching something you’re interested in. Make a podcast! Learn to play guitar!
Gate! Create boundaries for yourself. Being always on means being always annoyed. Find times to shut down your computer and stop answering email. By allowing yourself some distance you’re having lots of mini-vacations!
Plan! If you really aren’t loving things, start taking action. Schedule time in your day to job hunt, and start having informational calls to learn more about other companies you may like. Try looking at LinkedIn, Glassdoor or your college’s alumni association.
Hope some of this helps – and if you have more tips, send them my way!