How to Deal with a Job You Hate

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Do you countdown the minutes until 5 o’clock?

Do you dread Monday mornings?

Is your boss your least favorite person?

Or in other words, do you hate your job?

Unfortunately, many people are stuck in jobs they absolutely despise. While some may hate working with someone specifically or hate one of their job duties, many people also hate their jobs because it’s just not want they want to do. Alot of entrepreneurs can relate. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve had to make that tough decision at one point in your career: is it the right time to leave your full-time job?

For many, the answer is no. Even though you have grand plans to start your own business or try something new, it isn’t the right time right now. That means you have to stick it out at your current job just a little longer.

So how do you deal with a job you hate? Here are 5 tips to survive:

Create an escape plan.

First, read Be a Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell and Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.  These will help you to create your escape plan and jump to a lifestyle and career you will love. If you hate your job, you’re probably constantly thinking about quitting. While it’s tempting to just walk out of the door, don’t quit unless you have a plan. If you don’t have another gig lined up, be sure you will be able to financially support yourself without a steady income. If you are leaving to go to another company or start your own business, make sure everything is in place before you give your boss your two weeks notice. One note – while you’re not obliged to, try to give some notice. You don’t want to burn any bridges.

Don’t take anything too personally.

Thought it can be hard to do so, sometimes your best bet is to heed this line from The Godfather, “It’s not business, it’s personal.” Sure, it can be hard to separate your work life from your personal life, especially when you’re spending a lot of time working. However, remember to never take anything too personally when it comes to work. At the end of the day, work is work and what you do doesn’t dictate who are you are.

Take your lunch breaks.

One of the biggest reasons people hate their jobs is because they’re sitting at a desk all day long. Even if you have a ton of work to do, remember to always take your breaks. Get away from your desk and take a lunch break. Stepping away, even for a little bit, helps you refocus mentally. It also helps the day go by faster.

Remember to stay positive.

Above all, remember to stay positive. Working at job you hate can take a toll on your mentally and physically. Don’t let it get to you. Even if it’s absolutely the worst job in the world, find the positive in it, even if it’s tiny. Think about a someone you enjoy working with or a fun company event you’ve been to. Remember, your glass is half full, not empty. Bigger and better things await you, just give it some time.

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