How to love a job you hate.

"I hate my job!"

This is a common complaint these days. I hear it constantly from my coaching clients and friends. They cite reasons such as insufficient pay, difficult clients, long hours and unreasonable deadlines; all this while trying to make a living.

We have all felt that way about a job at some point in our lives. The walk to the office has become a hard slog; we watch the clock all day, and we look for any reason to get out of the office for even a few minutes. And at the end of the day, we leave the office like we were shot from a cannon.

The most obvious solution is to quit immediately and find a job you like. However, that may not be the best financial move you can make, so maybe there are ways to make your job more bearable while you look for another one.

Here are four simple strategies that will change the way you look at your job and may even make you like your job again:

1.   Make a list of the things you like about your job. As a lawyer, I liked helping people navigate the legal system to achieve their goals. I also liked working with other lawyers, who I found to be some of the most honorable people in the workplace. And the nice lifestyle my salary afforded me didn’t hurt.

What aspects of your job do you like? Make a list. You might be surprised by how many things you actually like about your job. Once you focus on the positive aspects of your job, the negative ones lose some of their sting.

2.   Be grateful that you have a job. Be grateful for the things it allows you to do. Gratefulness is an amazing tool. Studies show that it actually changes your brain chemistry, and it definitely changes your perspective on things.Once you change your mood from negative to positive, you are in a better frame of mind to look at your life and where you want to go.

Repeat this 5 times: I am grateful for my job. Watch how your mood changes.

3.   Take regular lunch and coffee breaks. There is a temptation to be a hero and work through lunch, but don’t do it. Our brains need a break to stay fresh and remain at peak efficiency, and our bodies need the energy that comes with a meal.

4.   Spend less time at work. This sounds pretty obvious, but hear me out: Are there ways you can be more efficient? Can you work from home? Can you delegate more? Finding a way to spend less time in the office is guaranteed to make you feel better. 

The important thing that all these strategies do is alter your mood. Once you change your perspective, you may see your job in a different light, and you may remember things about your job that make you happy to go to work. Another side effect is that they will make you more productive, which will definitely make you like your job more.

They may not make you love your job, but they will make it easier for you to go to work while you search for a new career. 

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