NEW FEATURE WE ARE GONNA TRY! I asked my community to ask me questions I’m completely unqualified to answer. This isn’t about food BUT food can make a bad job better. Keep reading to see what I mean.
Q: How do I deal with a job I hate?
A: First off, I’m SO SORRY you have a job that you really hate. That sucks. The first step to dealing with a job you hate is the most annoying. Gratitude. The truth is that even the WORST jobs all have one thing in common: predictive income. You might not be making enough and it might not feel like enough but at least you know when its coming and that’s a blessing. It’s good practice to be in the habit of being grateful for that reliable money even if you don’t love how it comes in. As someone who spent a lot of my 20’s not knowing when my next check was coming, I’m often so jealous of people with jobs and insurance. It’s hard out here without it.
It also helps to start the day with the mindset that this day will TRULY be awesome. I actually wrote a book about this. If you go into each day with an attitude that it’s a good day and introduce some little things you can look forward to (reading a book during breaks, walks, your favorite youtube videos, special snacks), you can force a sucky job to just be a container for things you like.
The next step after you feel the gratitude and find little things to make your day better is to is decide what you want. What moves do you want to make? Do you want to find another job? If you feel like you hate your job a LOT, it makes sense to start looking for something else.
When looking for a job — think through how you want to FEEL. What have you learned from this job that you can apply to your next search? What’s most important? Fulfillment or security? That’s a really important frame of reference you’ll need to pick a job that will be better for you the next go round. What questions do you need to ask the next time you are in the interview process? What specific behaviors contribute to your job feeling awful? Knowing all those answers will make it so your next job is way better. GOOD LUCK!