How to survive a job you hate

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While we’re all about inspiration here at Lady Like You, the unfortunate reality is that sometimes on the journey to creating the career of your dreams, you have to do jobs that you loathe. I know because I’ve been there. So, here are 5 survival tips to get you through the hard days.

1.Keep visualising the job you want

They say that seeing is believing, so if you’re not physically doing the job you want you can at least visualise it. Think about what it is that you’d rather be doing, where you’d rather be travelling to in the morning and who you’d rather be working with, then use this to motivate your career choices going forward.

2. Make an effort to get to know your colleagues

Sometimes the only thing that can get you through the day at a job you hate is a great group of colleagues to interact with. We’re not all lucky enough to work with people we genuinely like and gel with, but if you see potential for workplace friendships there’s no harm in making an effort to get to know your colleagues. You never know, what’s now a casual work acquaintance could turn out to be a lifelong friend.

3. Think of new ways to make your job exciting

If boredom is what’s getting you down, it’s time to think of new ways to inject some excitement back into your work. Grab a notepad and pen and scribble down some ideas. Think about ways that you can work differently, approach your boss with options for implementing new strategies and shaking up the way you currently do things. If you want to prove that you’re capable of taking on more responsibility then show it. At the very least you’ll keep yourself occupied.

4. NEVER forget your headphones

This of course only applies to those who are allowed to listen to headphones on the job. If you’re permitted to do so and aren’t taking advantage of this perk, you’re seriously doing yourself a disservice, for headphones at work are the gateway to hours of potential distraction. You can listen to your favourite podcasts (if you don’t already listen to any, now’s the time to start), interviews, or videos from your favourite YouTubers – and I emphasise the word ‘listen’ so if it is a visual clip make sure that it’s not visible.

5. Use your breaks to look for your dream job

It can be easy to find yourself stuck in a job you hate simply because it’s convenient and pays the bills. This is fine for some people, but if you’re desperately looking for a way out then you need to stay on the hunt for something new. You should treat your job search like a second job. Use your disdain for your current workplace as motivation so that whenever you’re on lunch or taking a break, you’re using that time to scour the net for a role you’d much rather be doing.

What tips do you have for surviving a job you hate?

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