Having been there, I know all too well what it feels like to dread going to work and the ripple effect it can have. You get up grouchy, dreading another day, you leave work stressed, you come home pick an argument with the significant other, snap at the kids, and then prepare for yet another frustrating day. I once had a job so bad that I actually had nightmares about it. Imagine that, I couldn't even get away from it in my sleep!
So, exactly what is a disgruntled desk jockey to do when new employment opportunities are few and far between and your currently reality far from idyllic?
Find a way to love it. Yes, love it. I'm not talking about a fake, saccharine, insincere 'love'. And, I'm not talking about going all 'sweetness and light'. I do mean that you should find something you do like, or enjoy or appreciate about your job.
- Do you have great benefits?
- Does your job afford you a certain amount of flexibility?
- Do you have great coffee?
- Do you have a couple of great office buddies?
- Is there a great little restaurant around the corner?
For my clients, I often ask them to come up with a list of at least 10 things that they like, enjoy or appreciate about their jobs.
What items would be on your list?