Boring jobs and how to survive them

May 23, 2016

With the exception of a handful of people who get all misty eyed when you ask them what they do for a living , others have a borderline loathing towards their jobs. They aren’t getting paid enough, the hours suck, the boss sucks even more and there is no time for a social or anti-social life. If you are in the former category then good for you. If you aren’t, then staying in a job that you dislike is just going to decrease your productivity. If copies of your resume are pasted on the best and worst online placement sites and you still aren’t getting bites or even nibbles then there is only one thing left for you to do. Be calm and stay put. Here are a few tips to help you stay strong when office going gets tough.

Fall in love with your job all over again
Try hard to remember the days when you were new in your company. The excitement of shopping for a new wardrobe, of dressing up, getting to office on time, meeting new people, the nervous anticipation of your first appraisal. That may all seem like a lifetime ago. Try hard to revisit those days. Find out what changed? Was it you or the job? Did new technology and a fresh batch of yuppies come rolling in and knock your socks off? If the answer is yes then do certifications, find out what’s trending, stay informed, and befriend the yuppies. Take them for coffee. Look at your job in a different way and find ways to do it better.

Stay away from office politics
Every office has its share of pests – the two most common ones are the troublemaker and the gossip, both will try to provoke you into playing lead role in the office drama. The troublemaker will be an in-your-face arrogant toad, an office bully, who makes fun of you just for a few snickers and laughs. The gossip will goad you by whispering not-so-sweet nothings into your ear, “I heard you didn’t get the promotion because….”, “I heard the boss saying they are planning to replace you…” Ignore these pests and they will just slither away.

Are brownie points really worth it?
One of the reasons you may be bored with your job and looking for change is because your attempt to earn brownie points failed. After all the hours of working overtime, working on the weekends and even from home and the boss still cannot remember your name! Forget the brownies, the points and the boss. Enjoy work at the workplace and during your work timings. Try to catch the sunset, smell the roses and sip hot coffee preferably from a charming roadside bistro. Enjoy your weekends and catch up with friends and family.

Whistle while you work
Maybe this only applies to people working in a kennel or a stud farm. But if you have a desk job that requires you to perform a monotonous task, try listening to some music. Make a nice instrumental playlist, something that will enhance your productivity and mood.

Sometimes instead of choosing a job, the job chooses us. Like it or hate it, it’s a job. It’s providing a livelihood so we can go from one day to the next. In these economically frail times when many companies are going bust and laying off people in thousands, be happy you have a job however boring it may seem. When the time is right you may get a better job, till then cling to it, love it, enjoy it and aim to be good at it.

by Jacqueline Olivia

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