How To Love Your Boring Job
How can you learn to love your boring job? During these tough economic times, many people are grateful to have a job of any kind, but it's no fun to get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach at the thought of going to work. It's fine to tell people to have a positive attitude about work, but that's not always easy.. You need to ask yourself a tough question. Could it be that I'm the reason my job is boring?
- Your job might seem boring because you are on auto pilot. If you're sleep walking from 9 to 5, your colleagues are bound to notice and resent you for not pulling your weight. While what you do may seem mundane, if you are simply easing the load of others, that alone can give some meaning to the tasks at hand. Stop focusing on yourself.
- Make your office or cubicle more like home. Bringing in pictures, plants and other things that make you feel more cozy will go a long way to lighten your mood. Looking at pictures of those you love will remind you why you go to work every day. If possible, bring earphones and a radio or CD player. Music can go a long way to help with boredom, or you may want to listen to talk radio; while you're fuming about the latest political scandal you're less likely to be clock watcher.
- It might be time to look at your job expectations. Where did you get the idea that work was supposed to be fun? If that were true, they wouldn't call it work. It's not your boss's job to provide you with a stimulating environment. That's not why you're getting paid. It's time to accept the job for what it is. If it becomes unbearable, it's time to polish that resume and go elsewhere, but, be careful. Too much hopping around doesn't look good, although the days of thirty years and a gold watch are over for the most part.
- Are you a whiner and complainer? If so, stop that. If you've ever been in a faculty lounge, you'll hear many of the teachers complaining about the students, the parents, and the administration. Most of the time it's those who have been using the same lesson plan for 20 years who complain the loudest. Sure, teaching isn't easy any more, but most things have gotten harder.
- Try to maintain a positive outlook. Okay. Proofreading phone books may be boring, but maybe there are good things about the job. Maybe you like the hours or the amount you're getting paid. Maybe you have great health benefits. Count your blessings. You could be waiting for your unemployment checks to run out.
So, next time your alarm goes off, don't moan, groan and mope around. Be like one of the Seven Dwarfs and whistle while you work. On second thought, you probably can't do this or you'll bother the guy in the next cubicle. But you can put a smile on your face. Your coworkers will wonder what you're so happy about and it will drive them crazy.