What To Do When You Hate Your Job

Do you hate your job?

If you’re like many people, you may be unhappy or dissatisfied with your job. Eventually, you may find a job that you love, but what do you do in the meantime? How can you do your work and do it well if you lack motivation and fulfillment?

You may often hear about people quitting a job they’re unhappy with before they have another position. Sometimes this works, but it’s a risky move. In our current economy, this is especially risky. So, it’s best to tough it out in most cases until you can find something better.

Consider these strategies to make the best of your work situation:

  1. Continue at your current job, but spend your free time learning the skills you’ll need to find work you love. Everyone finds a way to waste time. Therefore, we all have more free time than we realize. Think about what you could accomplish if you used most of your free time to change your situation.
    • Maybe you could go back to school and earn the credentials for a career that will bring you more enjoyment.
  2. Find an activity you enjoy doing outside of work. Turn something besides work into the highlight of your day. Maybe there’s an activity that you’d love to do each day, so fit it into your schedule. It’s important to have something outside the office that is fulfilling. 
  3. Be creative in completing the work your job requires. Maybe you need to shake up your routine at work. Use your creativity to accomplish your job tasks differently. 
  4. Use your breaks at work wisely. During your breaks, try reading positive affirmations or meditating. Both of these activities can help make your day more productive and enjoyable. Listening to music can also be a great way to lift your spirits. 
    • The day might pass more quickly if you utilize your breaks in a way that benefits you. 
  1. Make a list of all the reasons you’re grateful to have your current position. Remind yourself about all the good aspects of your job. 
  2. Focus on being great at your job. Instead of dwelling on your unhappiness at work, try making a real effort to excel at your job. With such positive intentions, you might start to enjoy it.
    • With more effort, you could get promoted, make more money, or even end up getting promoted to a different position you do love. 
  1. Avoid negative self-talk. You’ll only make yourself more miserable by focusing on the undesirable aspects of your job. When you catch yourself focusing on the negative, quickly replace those thoughts with more positive ones.
  1. Establish friendships at work. Your job will be more enjoyable if you work with people you like. Reach out socially and make new friends. 
    • Spending the day with friends makes the workday pass by more quickly.
  1. Participate in work activities. Many jobs have different activities that you can join. It might be a softball team or a group that gets together to play cards. Find something enjoyable to do in your workplace.

At some point, you may have a job that makes you unhappy. Ask yourself; is it permanent, personal, or pervasive? This can often give you a new perspective. Until you find your dream job, use these tips to cope with making the best of your current situation