With the unemployment rate stagnant and the economic data reports not showing much growth in the short-term, many are lucky enough to even have a job in this tough economy. Of course, this also means that one must stay in a monotonous job in order to pay the bills, have a roof over your head, food on the table and clothes on your back.
You may feel that your 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. routine (or, if you’re a night shift worker, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) is hebetudinous and tedious, but you don’t have to feel this way. Yes, working at a meaningless job can be tiresome and stressful, but there are many techniques to make your full-time or part-time job rewarding and exciting.
Here are some tips to make your current job more fun in this tough economy.
Take out a pad of paper, sit down and ponder what you find dissatisfying with your job. Do you not like your colleagues? Do you find the work repetitive? Are the superiors not doing as much work as you are? These are important questions to ask and you should find ways to resolve these issues immediately.
Some of us don’t like to brag, but we can find work too easy and can get it all done before lunch. Instead of just sitting at your desk and browsing around YouTube, search for some extra tasks and get additional work done. Who knows? Maybe you can get extra projects done before the three-month deadline. Also, assist others who are having a tough time – it may not be in your pay grade or job duties, but there will be a feeling of self-satisfaction in helping others.
Get to know the seniors
A senior doesn’t necessarily have to be an employee who happens to 60 years old. Instead, a senior can be someone who has worked with the company for several years. This person can let you in on some pertinent information and even how to move up the corporate ladder. Those with a lot of knowledge like to divulge this type of information.
Instead of taking orders, why don’t you come up with some new initiative and keep yourself busy? Try to think of something in your spare time and write down your ideas. Of course, due to office politics, you may not get credit for your ideas, but at least you didn’t wallow in self-pity.
Life outside of work
One of the key problems in a job you dislike working at is that it’s all we think about. For eight hours we complain then for another eight hours we complain even more. It’s good to not think about work during non-business hours. If it’s a difficult task, find a hobby; join a club or just sleep!
Remember, it’s not always about the money or getting that promotion. It’s akin to what Robert Frost facetiously said, “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”