You’re in an unfulfilling job. You do the same stuff day in and day out. You feel unappreciated and undervalued. You would rather be doing something else, even if you’re not sure what that is yet. You know it would be better than what you’re doing right now. I know the feeling, I’ve been there too.
When you’re in an unfulfilling job, most people’s answer would be to get a new job, one which excites you, one which makes you feel a sense of purpose. But what if you’re not currently in a position to get a new job. Maybe you’re working on a side hustle which could take another year or two until you can take it on full time. For whatever reason, looking for a new job isn’t always the solution.
In this post I’m going to be sharing tips with you, on how you can make the most out of an unfulfilling job. Because your job doesn’t have to suck and you can change the way you think about it. It’s not about loving a job which you currently hate, it’s about finding the positives and making the most of the job.
How To Cope With An Unfulfilling Job
Don’t complain so much
After working for a company which offer incredible benefits, I’ve found that it doesn’t matter how good your benefits are, people will always find something to complain about. When you become part of the conversation of who can complain the most, you start to resent your job more.
Take yourself away from the negative gossip and instead talk about things which make you feel good. You will start to notice a shift in your mindset as you stop focusing on the things which are “bad” and realise that things are actually a lot better than you and your co-workers made them out to be.
Your job is someone else’s ideal job
As much as you dislike your job, remember that your job is someone else’s ideal job. When I worked locally all I wanted was a job in Central London, I used to love the idea of working in a tall office building in the busy City. Then 5 years after finding my ideal job in London, I wanted nothing more than to work closer to home and skip the long commute into the City. My point is, it’s not necessarily the job that’s the problem, it’s the way you’re thinking about it. So remember your job is probably someone else’s ideal job.
Create your ideal lifestyle around your job
I used to think that my job was preventing me from living my ideal life and that I wouldn’t be able to create my dream lifestyle until I worked for myself (as a full time blogger). With the help of a 1-1 mindset and personal growth coach, I came to realise that it wasn’t my job that was preventing me from creating my ideal lifestyle, it was my thoughts about my current job and the routine which I had attached to it.
As silly as it sounds, I used to think that when I worked for myself I could enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast every morning when in fact I could easily have woken up earlier to make this happen. This is because our thoughts create our actions, and if we think that we can’t live a certain lifestyle because of our current job and routine, then we don’t find ways to make it happen. Try to think outside the box on how you can incorporate part of your ideal lifestyle around your job.
Use your job as motivation to do something else
When you’re in an unfulfilling job it’s very easy to feel sorry for yourself, to feel stuck and to loose motivation. But it’s also easy to use your job dissatisfaction to chase your dreams.
Decide that you’re not going to settle for a job or a career you don’t love and use this as motivation to go after your dream job. And if you don’t know what your dream job is, which is perfectly normal by the way, then you can still decide that you’re worth more. Tell yourself that you will leave your unfulfilling job, whether it’s this year or in five years, it will happen because you know you deserve better.
Realise that you choose to work
Now hear me out here, it’s your choice to go to your job everyday, this is your decision which you are making. I know what you might be thinking, you have to go to work to pay your bills. And as true as this may seem, you don’t actually have to work, thousands of people choose not to work. But you don’t because you want to work to avoid being financially stressed, to pay for nice things and experiences for yourself and your family. You want to go on holidays, you want to wear new clothes, you want to meet your friends for dinner and you want to buy gifts for loved ones. You work because you want the luxury of having money.
Therefore, even if you hate your unfulfilling job, this is a decision that you make everyday because you want the money it provides you. Realising this can help you shift your mindset from negative to positive.
Have a break
Make sure you’re using your lunch breaks to get some fresh air and step away from your work. Don’t make a habit of having a working lunch at your desk everyday, as overtime this habit will effect your mental well-being and productivity. Use your lunch break to be active even if that means a short walk in the fresh air.
Also make sure you are taking breaks throughout the day to give your eyes a short rest from staring at a screen (if you work at a computer all day) even just 10 minutes to make a cup of tea or talk to a co-worker can help break up the day. Lastly if you feel like you need a break from work, then request a Monday or a Friday as holiday and enjoy a long weekend.
Dress to impress
The way you dress and present yourself can make a huge difference in how you feel, you don’t need to splash out on a new outfit, but small changes can make you feel a million dollars and make you feel happier. Dressing to impress is one of the best ways to build your self confidence, if you show up looking tired and careless then you may just end up feeling tired and careless.
Do something on the side
If you’re in an unfulfilling job and struggling to find purpose in your day then try doing something your passionate about on the side, such as starting a blog. The good news about having a job is you have an income to support a side hustle, which means you don’t need to stress about paying your bills and you can focus on being creative and not financially stressed.
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Do you have an unfulfilling job? And if so, how are you going to make the most of it? Let me know in the comments!