10 Ways to Love Your Job (Even When You Don’t)
We all strive to obtain our dream job, but let’s be honest – it doesn’t always happen as easily as we’d like. Here are our top 10 tips to help make your not-so-dream job a little more bearable.
1. Make your desk/office space feel homey. Some offices are strict about decoration protocol, but even a small picture frame or your favorite coffee mug can make your space feel comfortable and make working a bit less mundane.
2. Maintain a positive relationship with your boss. It’s important to keep a professional, yet enjoyable relationship with the person you work for. Keep things business-oriented, but also light and relatable. Once you establish a professional relationship based around your work, you’ll find that you can begin to open up and relate with your boss about small, everyday things.
Having some (still professional) friendly conversations with your boss might make it a little easier to follow their orders and takes some of the dread out of your assignments.
3. Communicate with co-workers. Making friends or acquaintances in the office can make the day go by in a breeze. They say “time flies when you’re having fun” and they never said that doesn’t apply in the corporate world.
4. Bring your favorite food for lunch at least once a week. Lunchtime is break time, which means you should look forward to it!
5. Give yourself a reward at the end of the week. Big or small, a reward is a reward. You deserve it!
6. Stay Organized. Whether your work is online or paper-based, keep all files and dates strictly organized so you don’t miss a due date!
7. Ask your boss to make a deal with you. If there is just one thing you can’t stand about your job & you might see a way to fix it, open the door of communication with your boss about it. Negotiations are abundant when it comes to figuring out what works best in the workplace and it’s probably not the first time your boss has been approached with an idea to make a change. Ensure that your offer includes something that benefits both parties and will not take any business away from the company. The worst that could happen is they’ll say no!
8. Set and maintain goals for yourself. If you’re in a job that you don’t see yourself working at for the rest of your life, you’ll still want to get the most out of it. Set small goals that will benefit the company and your work experience.
9. Track your success (and frustrations). Write a quick note at the beginning and end of each day about how you feel. This will enable you to look back on your day or week and see all that you’ve accomplished and maybe you’ll see that your job isn’t so bad!
10. Be grateful you have a job. Adjusting your mentality might be all you need to see that many people would do anything it takes to be in your shoes. Appreciate what you have!