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“Find something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I’m sure you have heard this many times  before.  This is often easier said than done though. Especially if you hate your job.  Sunday rolls around and you’re left feeling depressed and irritable because you know you need to wake up early tomorrow morning and go to a job that you absolutely detest. You live each moment waiting for the end of the work day and for Friday. Frankly put, you hate your job more than seeing manky feet in sandals in summer. And that is a lot of hate!

So what now? Do you muster up all the will-power you have and grin and bear it, because, you know ,you have bills to pay, or do you look elsewhere for greener pastures?

Well it will all depend on whether you are going to stay or leave. Here are 12 things you can do if you hate your job……despite which category you fall into.

If You Have To Stay

Leaving a job on a whim is not advised, especially in todays job market. You may be new to the job and haven’t settled in yet, or you simply just don’t have anything else lined up yet.Whatever the reason, if you do decide to stay at your job then there are many things that you can do to make the environment more tolerable.

1.Establish What You Hate About Your Job

Stating that you hate your job, “just because”, is not a valid reason. You’re no longer a child where that response will fly, so figure out exactly what it is that you hate about your job. Are you bored? Do you hate your co-workers? Whatever it is you need to figure out what it is that you hate about your job so that you can improve your work situation. You have after all decided to stay at your job for the present time.

2. Have Friends At Work

Just because you don’t like your job doesn’t mean that you have to hate your co-workers. Making friends at work can make the experience that much more tolerable and enjoyable. You may be able to bond over mutual hobbies or the fact that you are both new at the  same workplace. Whatever it is, grab some lunch or go for after work drinks with colleagues. You will feel much better about making friends at work and you will be networking at the same time. Who knows when this could come in handy….. maybe when you decide to leave said workplace.

3. Approach Your Boss

The reason you may hate your job is perhaps because you are bored or working in the wrong department. Approach your boss and ask to expand your skill-set and knowledge by working on various projects and potentially in different departments. You might even reignite your passion for your job and it is vital that you learn as much from the job experience as possible whilst you are there.

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4. Set Goals

As you have decided to stay at your job, that does not mean that you can half-ass your job. You need to be giving of your best at all times.  Working towards goals will make you feel better about your job and take your focus off of how much you detest going to work every day. Instead, focus on achieving goals. This may be to receive a raise, be voted as best employee or simply receive a great recommendation from your boss. A good way to ensure that you achieve your goals is to be constantly reminded by them. This could be in the form of a vision board or simply logging your goals in your bullet journal.

5. Start A Side Hustle

Unfortunately not all work will excite you and make you feel as though it’s not work. There are bills to pay and for now you are staying. But if you have a passion and would like to eventually pursue your own business, there is no reason not to start your side hustle whilst still working. If it ignites something inside you and you could really see your future in it, then it’s worth it. Bare in mind that working full time and starting a side hustle will be very tiring and time-consuming, but it will be worth it. It is great to start a side hustle whilst still working to ensure that it will work and you can generate an income from it before deciding to leave your job.  Personally I feel that it is really important to do something that makes you happy. I think that we should all be following our dreams and fulfilling them, instead of working for others and helping them realise theirs. That’s just my perspective on being your own boss.

6. Positivity Is Key

The mind is very powerful, and staying positive will make your job that much easier. If you go in to work and moan all day long then your job will be that much more difficult. In addition you will really irritate people around you. No one wants to be friends with  Negative Nancy. It is natural that you will not love everything about your job, but there certainly must be a few aspects that you enjoy? Find those and focus on them.

7. Know That You Are Not Alone

Chances are, many of  your co-workers hate their job too. But don’t go around announcing to the world that you hate your job. Instead find comfort in the fact that you are not alone and that what irks you at work will most likely be others’ pet-peeve too.

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If You Are Leaving

Firstly, good for you! This is a very big step that you are taking and you are to be commended. Leaving a job is daunting and creates a great deal of uncertainty and stress during this period of time in your life. Therefore be sure to take head of the below mentioned advice.

8. Know Where You Are Going

Now that you have decided to leave, you should have a back-up plan. Ideally you would like to have a job lined up before handing in your resignation. This will make the transition from one job to another much smoother. Leaving your current job without another lined up is very risky. You don’t exactly want to have to use your savings, and being unemployed is not fun.

9. Continue To Be A Model Employee

So even though you know that you are leaving, you still want to want to produce stellar work. By slacking off, arriving at work late and not giving of your best will only be to your detriment. You will need to get a recommendation letter when leaving, and poor performance and behaviour will only negatively affect your future. So give 150% till your very last day!

10. Zip Your Lips

I know you’re probably close with Carol from accounting, but word to the wise, she’s a gossip queen and your news will spread like wildfire within the day.  If your boss hears that you are planning to leave and you have not yet handed in your resignation letter, you could be in for a tough time. Sure you will start looking for jobs and going for interviews, but there’s no need to announce how said interview went.  You want to remain professional at all times.

11. Know Your Strengths & List Your Achievements

Whilst you probably haven’t updated your cv in a while, now is a good time to do so. Before you apply for new jobs be sure to update your cv with all your strengths, your current job achievements and how these said achievements will aid you in your future job.

12. Never Close A Door

This is perhaps one of the most important points in this post. You may hate your job, but you never know what the future may hold. You want to ensure that you leave your job on a high note and on a good foot with everyone. Trust me, this is important. I once hated a job and left. But thankfully I left on a good note. Things didn’t pan out as I had planned and I ultimately ended up going back to that job.

Hating your job is by no means fun and can really put a dampener on your life. You have control, even though you may think you do not. Ultimately it is up to you whether you stay or go. Whether you decide to stay or go, these tips will help you make the situation a little more bearable. Good luck!