How to start loving your job

Some people think of work as merely a way to make money, but a job could, and should, be so much more.  If you’re going to spend eight or more hours a day, five days a week doing something, it should be something you find enjoyable and rewarding.

Unfortunately, not every job is going to be your dream job.  However, if you keep things in perspective and take steps to make your job work for you, you’re going to like it a lot more.  Here are a few suggestions to help you love whatever job you happen to be doing.

Figure out how it fits with your overall goals

Often, a job is just a stepping stone to what you really want to do.  If you want to be a fashion designer, you first need to climb the ladder so you can develop a professional network, learn how to run your own company, and prepare to compete with other professionals.

You might not like toiling away in a fashion house, creating garments under someone else’s label, but this experience is invaluable to helping you reach your goal.  Keep your eye on the prize, get the most out of your learning experience, and understand that there’s a time and place for everything.

Set clear boundaries

One reason many people end up hating a job is because they let it take over their lives.  You have to learn to create boundaries.  Paying your dues is one thing, and you may have to work some overtime to do it.  Letting your boss walk all over you and make outrageous demands on your time is something else.

Your personal time is valuable and you can say no when your boss asks you to work late, work weekends, or attend to demeaning tasks that are in no way related to your job (like picking up his/her dry cleaning, for example).

Always ask for clarification

If you often find yourself in situations where you have to re-do work because you were given inadequate direction, don’t complain – make a change.  If you don’t understand how something is supposed to be done or instructions aren’t clear, guessing and hoping for the best is likely to land you in hot water.  Instead, make sure to ask for clarification on any points that aren’t explicitly stated so you can do the job right the first time and avoid frustration for both you and your boss.

Don’t be afraid to quit

If you’ve done all you can and a job is still making you miserable, it’s time to look for something new, whether you change companies or go for a total overhaul and try a new profession.  No job is worth your sanity, happiness, and well-being.

Post by Sarah Harris

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