Often people will think that they absolutely hate their jobs, but when you dig a little deeper, there are almost always aspects that they do actually enjoy.
The danger is that when you feel negative about something you can get so absorbed in the negative aspects - you stop yourself from seeing the light. This can be a slippery slope to what career strategist Zoeb calls job depression. It gets so bad that people can wake up each morning, dreading the day ahead of us.
If we step back from this negative spiral would we really want to crush our own happiness? The answer is almost always, no. So, the only thing we can do is ensure we are taking a realistic view on our work otherwise the issue can spiral out of control.
Below are 7 simple steps to identify if you really do hate your job or if actually, it’s not that bad!
1. Take stock of how you think about your job
If a family member or someone you respected was to ask you “Do you like your job?” Think about how you would answer? Would you break down and cry or would your few moans actually seem quite insignificant?
2. Become self-aware
Is your job making you feel down in the dumps? Do you generally moan to friends and family about all of the things you hate about your job?
3. Make a list of all the things you like about your job
Take your time and really think about what tasks you like doing. Is everything really that bad?
4. Make peace with the fact that no one job will be perfect!
Accept that there may be tasks that you don’t love that come with the territory. But, will they go after a few more years experience? What solutions can you find to make them better?
5. Create your own work diary
Make a list of each task you do every day for two weeks and rate every task out of 10. At the end of the two weeks, you should have an accurate, rational representation of your job.
6. Consider what your unique skills are
Does your job allow you to use these skills? Does your job allow you to develop?
7. By the end of this process you should be able to identify one of three things:
- you actually quite like a lot of your job, it’s just that you were focusing on all the bad bits
- there are some aspects of your job that suit you but there are more negatives than positives
- you really are in the wrong job because you dislike more than 70%of the tasks you do
If you find yourself with options 2 or 3 then it’s time to start looking at a new career path. Read this helpful blog here if you find yourself in that position. If however, you find yourself aligning more with option 1, then you may be able to make your job work for you by focusing on the tasks you really enjoy and looking for resolutions to resolve the parts that you don't enjoy!