What is it that makes people hate their jobs?
"I don't get paid enough?" Possibly.
"My boss is an idiot." Feasible.
"The hours are too long." Perhaps.
"I'm not productive enough." ... HUH?
That's not something you'll hear often. You'll never hear someone complain that they're not productive enough; probably because they'd get fired.
Why is this question avoided so often? I believe that productivity, or lack thereof, can play a huge part in how fulfilling a person's job can be. Doesn't it make sense for someone to be frustrated? 5 days per week, working 8-10 hours doing nothing, accomplishing very little, and making zero progress? Sounds like fun, eh?
Sadly, too many people believe this is the only option; they'll have to deal with it for the rest of their lives; just holding out until retirement. Then!... Then they'll be able to finally enjoy life and experience fulfillment. But until then, they just have to grit their teeth and deal with the dismal day that is their job.
At this point many of you are probably asking, "So how do I stop hating my job and start enjoying it?"
1. Leave your expectations for the day at the doorstep.
Many of us plan out a boring day the night before, or the morning of our job. We already know what to expect, the same thing as always. You've probably heard this referred to as "self fulfilling prophesy". This doesn't have to be the case. How about letting the day determine that for itself? And if you absolutely insist on having expectations, maybe try having positive expectations for a change.
2. Get to know your co-workers
It's very comfortable for people to just clock in, and clock out. Grab your paycheck and head home. Try to get to know your co-workers and maybe even outside your job. Maybe you'll share a common interest and who knows, maybe even be ... friends! Believe me, working alongside people you know and have something in common with can make a world of a difference.
3. Welcome Critiques, but don't take them personally
Don't get mad if someone makes a suggestion. Take all critiques and criticism in stride. Learn from it, and move on.
4. Be Proactive
Take charge of your tasks. If you finish what you had planned for the day ask to take on something else. Or study and research. Take initiative on developing your personal knowledge and skill in your field of work.
5. TAKE BREAKS... Often!
"Oh no! If I take a break, won't I be breaking some rule or something?" No.
In fact, studies have shown that periodic breaks throughout the work day are beneficial to productivity. This is what I like to call "Productive Distractions". Breaks like these will help you clear your mind, regain your focus and feel refreshed.
Working at Classy Llama Studios is an incredible experience. Productivity is high, but we still have fun. It's a great dynamic that is hard to find in a work environment. Not every office can fit into the same mold, but hopefully small adjustments like these can help make your 40 hours a week more enjoyable.[caption id="attachment_617" align="alignnone" width="597" caption="A snapshot of our favorite past-time around the office. Hacky Sack. (From left to right: Kristian, Rob, Erik, Kevin)"][/caption]
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Posted on May 11, 2010
Posted by Jeremy Wells