It’s Sunday night and Monday morning is creeping closer. You’re trying your hardest to enjoy the rest of the weekend but the inevitable start of the work week is almost upon you and it’s putting a damper on what would’ve otherwise been a great weekend.
If you dread going to work Monday mornings, you aren’t alone. Many people are unhappy with their jobs, which starts to affect life outside of work. This leads to poor productivity, a bad work environment, and overall, unhappiness.
The obvious solution would be to tackle the problem at it’s source – quitting your job. Find something you love, something you’re passionate about. Start your own business or travel the world. While that would be ideal, not everyone can do that, for a variety of reasons. Instead, you have to figure out how to change the things you can affect.
In other words, learn to be happy.
Make a Plan For Yourself
First, you need to make a plan. Many people are unhappy when it comes to work primarily because they don’t see a way out. Don’t put yourself in a hole and not know how to dig yourself out. Figure out where you want to be a year from now or even 5 years from now. When you have a plan and start working towards it, you automatically feel happier. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Stop Thinking About Work
Not to state the obvious but this is obvious – stop thinking about the thing that is making you unhappy. In other words, stop thinking about work. Yes, a little easier said than done but not impossible. Learn to separate your work life from your personal life. Do your job, do it the best you can, and move on. Your life is more than just your job.
A Job Is a Job, It’s Not You
On the same note, don’t let your job define you. Sometimes, a job is just a job. It doesn’t have to say anything about who you are or who you want to be. Instead, view it as a stepping stone. It’s just another stop on your path to getting where you want to be in your career.