7 Ways to Deal with a Job You Hate

I’ve had many jobs in my short time here on Earth. I’ve been a lifeguard, a waitress, a babysitter (best job ever), an intern at a winery, a brand ambassador, a cashier at a department store, etc. The list goes on and on! 

Because of my work experience I’ve had many great experiences and also some really terrible ones! I switched around a lot in high school and college because many of these jobs either didn’t pay enough, were seasonal or both. This switching around definitely filled my resume but it also gave me a sense of what kind of work I like doing. 

At one point or another we all have to deal with a job we don’t like or even hate. So how do you wake up on Monday morning and get there? And how do you grin and bear it before you find something else? 

Today I’m going to share 7 ways you can deal with a job you hate. Hopefully these tips can make your work week a little less painful and give you some sense of relief. 

Be prepared // If you already dislike your job, be careful not to make it even worse by going in unprepared. Pack your lunch the night before, figure out what you’re going to wear, keep your work bag organized if you have one and have a general idea of the tasks you’ll be doing the next day. When I’m feeling really organized, I write down what I’ll be doing at work the next day in my planner the night before. This allows you to go into the office feeling your best and feeling confident. And of course, show up on time!

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Do your best // All you can really do is your best. Give it your all and remember that everyone makes mistakes. What’s important is that you bounce back.

Enjoy your off time // This may be the most important tip on this list. Take care of yourself on your time off and enjoy yourself. Workout, eat balanced meals, stay mentally healthy, go out with friends, listen to podcasts or read articles on personal development. Having a good time out of work and focusing on yourself will feel so rewarding and it will give you something to look forward to after work. Knowing that your life is full will give you the motivation you need to push on.

Don’t take things personally // This is a hard one but try not to take everything to heart. That meltdown your boss had last week? The condescending comments your co-worker keeps making? They’re not actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities/flaws that they’re taking out on you. Like I mentioned, as long as your doing your best, you’ve done your part. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than. Of course, constructive criticism or correction is fine. But if you start feeling like you’re in a toxic environment you’ll know it’s the people around you that have the real issues. 

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Communicate your struggles // If you have a boss that is open to discussion (which I hope you do) and/or an HR department you can go to, do it. Sometimes voicing your frustrations can actually make things better  and there can be solutions to issues you’re having that you may not know about. If it’s a position you really care about, try your best to make things better. You’ll never have the answers to your questions or the solutions to your problems if you don’t ask. 

Find the good and focus on that // Go into the job focused on the benefits you’ll receive instead of focusing on what you’re doing for your employer. Yes, the tasks you’re doing are benefiting your boss or your company but they’re also most likely benefiting you. What are you learning? What can you take away from this job?Figure out skills you’re taking away from this position. What can you use in your next job? There may even be skills you can use in your personal life. For example, my last job gave me great commutation skills which I can use in virtually any position. But those skills have also helped me in my personal life to become better at holding conversations, making friends and being less introverted. 

Look for something else // At the end of the day you can always leave. If this position won’t get you further in your career, if you hate going to work, if it’s a toxic environment or if it’s just not the right job for you, you can always leave! There are so many opportunities out there and life is way too short to do something you hate. 

I hope this list helps some of you to have a better Monday. Be sure to let me know some of your tips down below. Are you dealing with a job you hate? I would love to hear your stories.

As always thank you for reading!

XO

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