Tricks That Will Cure You From Hating Your Job
Have you noticed how time flies when you’re talking to an old friend and how each minute seems like a year preparing a report on a mundane Monday? When was the last time you sprung into your office, wanting to start work without a cuppa? Seldom, you sigh. If you are just pulling yourself to work day after day, demotivated and uninterested only so that you’re paid in full, you my friend, are going through what we call a “love-hate relationship with your work”
Irrespective of how much you love to work, there are times when you just generally feel demotivated and not everything about the work seems interesting. Does that mean you’ve to quit? Absolutely not! It’s just a phase. So how do you survive this phase without screwing up?
Here are a few tricks that may come handy.
Eat that frog later
Many of you must be aware of how Brian Tracy (in his book Eat that frog) suggests to complete the most horrifying task at hand FIRST, before shifting focus to less important tasks. But when you are drained out and not interested, you should never attempt to do real important tasks as you might end up blowing it. By doing a bad job, apart from attracting negative feedbacks, you will end up losing your confidence just a tad. So keep the important task for later.
Evaluate what is making the whole job boring
Is it the pressure from your boss or is the task very difficult? There may be many reasons why completing a certain task may be cumbersome. Fish out the reason and see what rational solutions are available. Don’t sit on “what if”s and “Had I done this”.
Take it easy
If the task is draining you out mentally, request your boss to place you in a different task. Sometimes, the task we perform monotonously makes us uninterested in it because you know everything about it and there are no new challenges. Try speaking to your manager about how a new job will help you sharpen your focus.
Look at the bigger picture
It’s natural to feel impassive about the work assigned to you and in due course of time, you feel your work is not all that important and sometimes it just feels like your work will go unappreciated. In such circumstances, dig deeper. Evaluate the nature of work and find the people working on the same project. Share your insights with them. Let them enlighten you about how this project is shaping up and how your work is being used. Once you realize your little work is relied upon, your lost interest will find it’s way back.
Too many NO’s
In the Stanford University Graduation Speech, Steve Jobs spoke about how he asks himself every day,
“ If today is the last day of my life, would I do what I’m about to do? And if the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I change it”
So repeat the same question to yourself, if every day in a row, you’ve answered “No” then it’s time to rethink your career options.
The secret to get promoted, receive positive feedbacks and acclaims is to love the work you do.
If you can’t get yourself to do the work without compulsion, then it’s time to call it quits. Let monetary satisfaction not be a factor for you sticking in a job you hate. Ultimately time flies only when you’re doing something you love, not when you’re whining about your work and life