We’ve all been there. Your alarm rings, you brush your teeth, maybe do the sniff test on a shirt on the chair in your room, hop in your car, and go to work. On your drive to work, you feel absolutely drained and just want to take a U-turn and go home but, alas, you need money, so to your job you go.
Work can be draining, but if you let it, every work experience can teach you something.
The more you try to learn, absorb, and gain from the overall experience, the less your job will seem like a drag. Finding a silver lining in even the most boring job can give you the motivation to go further and achieve more.
An attitude of gratitude will always get you to your goal.
When I first started my waitressing job, I saw coworkers complaining about everything. I couldn’t figure out why every person complained so much.
I was actually enjoying my job.
See, I used to have a lot of social anxiety, so talking in front of people scared me. My job was literally all about going up to people to talk to them.
Serving in a restaurant helped me build my social skills, project my voice, read people, prioritize, and organize. I was able to think on my feet, approach difficult customers, and bite my tongue when necessary.
Any experience always comes down to perspective.
The language you use determines your enthusiasm and will to continue. If you describe something as “boring” and “dumb,” then “boring” and “dumb” it shall be. If you use any workplace experience, no matter how big or small, as an opportunity to grow, learn, and flourish, your job will fulfill you. Your job tasks may not be not inherently exciting, but you can always find ways to make them more bearable.
Defining the outcome you wish to gain from a job can help you figure out what your next steps could be. Write down daily tasks and brainstorm ways to grow. This can help you evolve into an employee worthy of a promotion. If you work with customers, create strategies to build better relationships with them, figure out what they like (and do more of that), figure out what they don’t like, and do less of that.
By defining what you do, you can see where there is potential to improve your skills.
Do some research. Find other companies in the field you may be interested in joining. If you are in the IT field but want to switch to the business floor, determine which skill set you would need to acquire. What skills do you already possess? Are there resources or mentors that can help you grow? Shadowing a fellow employee can provide an opportunity for you to understand the skill set you need to move into your dream job. This can be a great way to see if you would actually enjoy this work more than your current job.
Most importantly, find reasons to be thankful for the job you have. Being grateful can ease some of the anxiety and frustration you face on a daily basis while also alleviating some of the negative energy you experience. By practicing gratitude, you can not only improve your mood, but you can also clear your mind of the daily clutter and focus on your goals. Once your mind is clear, determining your next steps can be much easier and a more useful way to spend your time.