“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
Some people are lucky enough to have jobs they adore.
While for others, our dream jobs are not our reality at the moment.
Even though your job might not be your favorite thing to do, it is often important and necessary.
There are ups and downs that come with every single job, even “dream” jobs have their difficulties.
Sometimes the answer to all of your problems isn’t a better job, but a better outlook on your current job!
Your boss might be impossible, and your co-workers hard to stand, but at the end of the day, you CAN change the way you feel about your job.
By changing your mindset, atmosphere, and drive to be more positive, you can learn to love what you do.
1. Bring positivity to your workplace.
We all know one of the biggest drains of a job can be negative and cranky coworkers.
It’s no secret that if you are surrounded by people who hate their job, it’s going to be hard to find the good in your job as well.
Try making THEIR day better by bringing coffee or donuts.
Crack a few jokes in the break room.
Help somebody carry something heavy.
Be the positivity hero of the office!
Making those around you happy and positive will in turn help you be more happy and positive.
2. Make a friend.
Everything is more tolerable if you have a friend around!
Work out classes, long and boring meetings, awkward family dinners.
Everything is easier and better when you have some good company to distract you.
Find a friend in the office!
It doesn’t have to be somebody you are going to be best friends with.
But it’s nice having somebody to talk to on Monday morning. You get to exchange stories from the weekend, find out the latest office gossip, complain about your difficulties at work, and maybe even take your lunch break with.
3. Personalize your space.
Turn your boring cubicle into a creative and happy space for your mind!
Put up photos of your pets, your loved ones, or other things that bring happiness to you right away.
Put up pictures and quotes that inspire you and keep you motived.
You’d be surprised how much happier we get when we feel like we are in a space that lets our minds flourish.
4. Keep a “Happyness” file.
Have a file on your computer where you store your favorite funny cat videos or photos of cute babies.
Whatever makes you laugh and lightens your mood when you are down!
Keep emails in here that other people have written you thanking you or praising you for a job well done.
That way, even when you are having the worst day at work, you can take a second and bring yourself up into a better headspace.
Remind yourself that this is just a bad moment, and that the next one will be good again.
5. Find significance in what you do.
Even the smallest jobs that we think hold no importance make a difference in other peoples lives.
Whether you are changing somebodies life in a grand scheme, or helping somebodies day go by more efficiently, you are making a difference.
Find the significance in your job and be proud of the work that you do.
Your job doesn’t define you, but the way you do your job does.
When you find the importance in your job, you will be motivated to do better.
6. Be the best at what you do.
No matter what you are doing, try to be the best at it.
I have met bus drivers who have had the best attitude about what they do. They help people get to where they need to be. If it wasn’t for them, many people wouldn’t have the ability to get around.
To some a bus driver might be a job that holds little significance, but to those people needing to get to their own jobs or to see their children, to them the service is highly appreciated.
When you find the significance in your job, you will want to give it your all and be the best at it.
Not only did these bus drivers get people where they needed to go, but they did it with a smile on their face, giving helpful directions, and making sure they were always on time.
What is the point of doing the bare minimum?
Showing up is not enough.
If you are going to spend your days and years at this job, you might as well say that you are the best at it.
The secret to loving your job is finding what you do and trying to be the best at it.
7. Ask yourself if it’s worth it.
While there are many improvements we can make in order to like our jobs more, sometimes there comes a time when you have to ask yourself… “Is this worth it?”
There is a difference between being bored at your job, and being truly un happy.
Don’t be afraid to evaluate and weigh your options.
Many people stay in jobs they loathe because they are afraid to make a change, to switch jobs and start somewhere new.
Not all changes need to be drastic.
Sometimes all you need to change is the direction you are taking your job in. You can switch from one position to another within the same company. You can take on different responsibilities or get rid of current ones.
Being self-aware in your job can help you have much greater job satisfaction.
At the end of the day, be aware and present in the choices that are being made about your day and how you spend it.
Instead of always just “going along for the ride”, become involved in your job and the degree of satisfaction that it gives you.
If you need to make a change, don’t be afraid to do it.
Otherwise, you might just need to look at your view with a pair of fresh eyes.
“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.”
~ Chuck Palahniuk