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What if you don't love your job?

Mark RaglandComment

Here’s the thing with adult life: you spend a lot of your waking hours at work. This means different things for different people. Some are in a cubicle, some are in a hospital, some are in an office, some are at a dance studio, some are in a classroom. Whatever your situation is, you probably spend a lot of time there (employers seem to want you to show up to work). This is all well and good if going to work is an exciting thing for you, but what if you don't like your job? What if your dread going into work? What if you have to spend the majority of your day doing something you don't enjoy? A few things on that.

Attitude is a powerful thing

This is an overall life truth that many of you already know, and it’s kind of cheesy say, but it is indeed true. Charles Swindoll said that “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” There are so many variables in life that are outside of our control, but we can always control our attitude and how we react to life. Don’t let your current circumstances take away an opportunity to find fulfillment and grow.

Every day when you go into work, you have a choice. You can choose to drag yourself through the day, dreading the work and not learning anything, OR you can choose to learn new things, find the positives of your job, and develop skills for the future. I highly recommend the second option. 

There are skills to gain and things to learn right now

Regardless of what your job is, there is always something to be learned.To check out of your work and do it mindlessly is to do your future self a disservice. Learning is a continuous process, and each day is an opportunity to learn more.

Right out of college, I worked for a nonprofit, and a lot of the days were slow and it often felt like busy work. I wasn’t challenged and days were repetitive. One way that I combated this was thinking of new ideas that would help operations to run smoother and figuring out how I could be better and more efficient. Sometimes you have to create your own challenges and find your own way to be engaged with your work.

Keep your eyes open for what you can learn each day. There are skills you will learn at your current job that you will need in the future. No matter what job you have now, it’s worth it to do everything you can to learn and gain new skills. I bet in the future when you look back on each job you’ve had, you will be able to identify something you learned from each stop, and that it was important to who you will have become.

Do things outside of work that bring you joy

Ultimately, work only takes up so much of your life. There are 261 “business days” in the year, what the heck are we doing with the other 104? What about the hours before and after work? Find the things that bring you joy, and go after them. Being outside brings a lot of enjoyment to my life, and so as much as I can, I get myself outdoors. Even something as simple as a 30 minute bike ride can do so much for my happiness in a day. Writing is very fulfilling for me, and as you can see I started a blog. Whatever it might be for you, be sure to make time to involve it in your day. Write, draw, play bingo, whatever makes it happen for you.

Work is good and necessary, we’re made to work, and it should be done. BUT it's not always fun, and that's okay. What we need to do is learn each day from our work, have a good attitude, and be sure to maximize our time outside of work. I believe that each day is packed with goodness, and all we need to do is open our eyes and look for it. Don't miss it.


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