When quitting your dead-end job might not be in the cards, it’s on you to find opportunities to make it work.
Your job is an endless repetition of nothingness.
The days could not go slower while your life just seems to pass you by.
It’s messing with your energy levels and your sense of joy. You know this can’t go on for much longer.
You’re stuck in a , and it sucks. Big time!
Most articles and books tell you to quit your job, , overcome hurdles and live entrepreneurially ever after. And you know what? They’re right! Being an entrepreneur is awesome, liberating, educational and more.
But perhaps this is just not for you. Or you’re just not ready yet. Or perhaps circumstances out of your control limit your options for now. No judgment, just the fact that something needs to change. And you can do so without leaving the job you’re in.
Ready to turn your dead-end job around? Here we go:
1. Find someone to kick your butt
Sometimes all we need to make change happen is an old-fashioned kick in the butt. ( to tweet this bit of wisdom.) We get too stuck in our own self pity and assumed misery to notice we’re bringing it upon ourselves.
Find yourself a life coach, a good friend or parent who’s not afraid to tell you exactly how it is. Keep your ears and mind open to anything they have to say. You’ll be surprised how this will help you spice up your job satisfaction (and life) immediately.
2. Step outside your social comfort zone
Do you talk to the same circle of coworkers every day? That’s definitely not enough to turn things around!
Be curious, talk to people and learn what their jobs are about and what they’re working on. This will not only make your days more interesting. You’ll also learn new skills and get to know more about the inner workings of your organization.
3. Embrace whatever annoys you
Though it’s impossible to change your boss or coworker, you can definitely change processes to make everyone’s job easier. If a form or computer system is not working optimally, to find a better solution propose it to someone in charge. If you can show your superiors how you can save them time and money, you’ll probably get the green light to make it happen.
You’ll show initiative, make your regular job easier and prove you’re ready to take on more challenging projects down the line that can potentially liven up your days.
4. Never stop learning
Even if you hate your job, that’s no reason sit around and do nothing. You should be learning new skills that you can apply in your current (and future) job.
Learning is essential. If your employer doesn’t provide you with learning opportunities (or not enough), then take matters in your own hands. Apply what you learn immediately for more challenge, more recognition and the ever-so-important experience.
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5. Start your passion project NOW
Remember that idea you’ve had in the back of your head for years? The one you’ve always shoved aside because you were too busy, had too little experience or were simply too lazy to pursue? Dust it off and start doing it.
Replace the hours a week you spend on Pinterest or binge watching The Office (because it’s just oh so relatable) with your own passion project.
Set up a blog, learn how to code or find a community of likeminded people. Whatever it is, outside of your work and it will translate to positive energy you can use inside your work. And who knows what your might grow into!
YOU will need to get yourself out of this Groundhog Day. Remember the movie? You might remember how nothing changed until the fantastical Bill Murray started to take responsibility for himself and invested everything he had in being the best person he could possibly be.
Sitting around expecting your boss will promote you and make your job more exciting is simply not something to count on. Take responsibility and create the best job you can with the circumstances you’re in.
This will take an investment on your part; it might mean working longer hours and it will definitely cost you time you’d rather spend lazing around.
But consider the alternative. How much longer do you want to live your life grumpy every Sunday night because Monday is just around the corner?
You can’t wait for an awesome job to find you — you’ll need to make it happen. When your happiness is counting on you, what do you have to lose?
Linda Coussement runs the blog and is on a mission to (r)evolutionise the way we do business by inspiring and activating entrepreneurs worldwide. You can follow her on and .