How to Take Advantage of a Job You Hate
If you're like most people, your job isn't perfect. We can all have good days and bad days at the office, but when you find yourself constantly unhappy at work, it's time to rethink your outlook and strategize for a better situation. Scroll through for our most effective and easy-to-implement methods to make your day less dreadful and more productive.
Take a lunch break. To quote Thrillist, "Don't be a #saddesklunch statistic." Despite cultural norms of eating lunch face-to-face with our desktops, chances are your company policy mentions something about a lunch hour. Try taking that lunch hour. Eat outside alone, with a coworker, or a friend. Use that midday break to get active and stretch your legs. It's time you step away from the screen and fluorescent lights and get a healthy dose of vitamin D once a day. It will help you think and feel better.
Write down what you don't want. The best way to figure out what you want out of a job and, most important, your career is to figure out what you don't want. Business analyst Monique Guild recommends writing a list of everything you don't want. Flip that list to see what you do want. For example, if you don't want an office space where everyone communicates only through email, then you do want a lively office where people communicate face-to-face. This exercise will give you a lot of information and help fine-tune your career search.
Don't let your vacation days pile up. The same goes for sick days. Companies have these days reserved for a reason. So use them! Studies show that even anticipating a vacation can make you happier. Plus, time away from the office—even if it's just one mental health day—will help you figure out if you're in a temporary rut or if you really do need a change of environment. Use your earned off days to gain a fresh perspective on your situation.
Use downtime to learn a new skill. If you find yourself with idle time on your hands, don't just play around on social media. Use that precious time to improve your Photoshop skills or take a coding class on Code Academy. You want to bring as much to a new position as you can so try to make the most out of dead time.
Set boundaries with your coworkers. If a particular coworker is driving you to distraction, distance yourself. Put on headphones (even if you're not listening to music) or keep your office door shut. These silent gestures will signal that you are in the zone and are not to be disturbed. When office hours are over, give your smartphone a rest. Even if only for an hour, you need to carve out some time during the day that isn't tethered to your office.
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