How to Stay Focused When You Hate Your Job
Let me start out by saying, I LOVE my current job. It is seriously the best position I’ve had to date. Not only am I doing work that is enjoyable, I get to bring my dog with me every day! It is truly a dream job and I’m thankful everyday to be where I am in my career. But that being said, not every job I’ve had has been a walk in the park. I’ve had some tough jobs throughout the years. I’ve had jobs where I loved the work I was doing but hated the environment and I’ve had jobs where I hated the work but loved my coworkers. So no matter where you may be in your career, here are some tips to help you stay focused at work.
1. Focus on the bigger goal.
One thing that has ALWAYS helped me throughout the years is to just think of where I want to be in 5, 10, or 15 years and how this can help me get to that point. For example, in college I worked for a law firm doing their marketing work. It was not the most glamorous job and the designs I created were not good by any means. But I knew that consistently working there and keeping my boss happy would not only look good on my resume but give me a great reference for the future. So while you may be currently working somewhere that may not exactly relate to your ultimate career goals, I promise you that there is always some benefit that WILL help you!
2. Build your skills.
So maybe you are working somewhere that directly relates to your ultimate career goals but you hate the environment. Whether that means you aren’t paid enough, your hours aren’t ideal or your coworkers just suck; try to hone in on the actual job at hand. Keep pushing yourself to do better, take on more responsibilities and to learn as much as you can. This way when you are moving on to a different opportunity you can show that next employer how it may not have been the ideal situation but you took on the challenge and grew.
3. Leave work at work.
This is seriously the most important tip that I still try to implement today and that is to just leave work at work. In a previous job, I was so stressed out during the day from deadlines and projects and when I would get home I would turn that stress into anger. Peter and I would get into terrible arguments about nothing because I just couldn’t let the stress from my day go away and I would unfortunately take it out on him. It was NOT ideal.
Since then I have gotten better at trying to separate work and home. Obviously this doesn’t mean that when you get home you can’t talk about work or you can’t do anything related to work, because for some people that isn’t realistic. But what it means is that if something is making you angry or stressed at work, don’t bring that emotion home with you. Leave it all at your desk. The best way I’ve found to do this is to just jam out on my car ride home. I put on some good tunes and just decompress. That way when I get home I’ve already let any stress from the day go so that I can just relax.
Throughout my career these are the few tips that have helped me get through some tough times but obviously may not work for everyone! So let me know if you have any tips or if these tips help you in any way!