How to Distract Yourself From a Job You Hate

In January 2010, CBS reported that only 45 percent of Americans were satisfied with their jobs, according to the Conference Board. The number of Americans dissatisfied with their jobs was the largest percentage since 1989. Even those lucky enough to have jobs in the 2011 economy report dissatisfaction. Worker discontent has risen from 1991 to 2011, largely due to the rising cost of health insurance, inflation, decrease in income and boredom. Fortunately, you can learn how to distract yourself from a job you hate.

Steps

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    Think about all the benefits that come with employment, such as a weekly paycheck. With so many people collecting unemployment and receiving assistance, consider yourself lucky to have a job.
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    Decorate your office space to fit your needs and to provide comfort.
    • Hang pictures on your walls and display family photos around your room, cubicle or office to make your space feel like it is yours.
    • Put a clock and your business cards on your desk. Add some greenery to your office. Plants add color and will make your office feel warmer.
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    Consider the job you hate to be a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
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    Try to advance into another position within the same company. At the very least, learn additional skills that you can add to your resume, if an opportunity presents itself.
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    Find something about your job that you like or enjoy and focus your attention on it.
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    Make improvements and changes to existing procedures that do not work well.
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    Get out of the office during the day. If it's a nice day, consider spending your lunch or break outside in the fresh air.
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    Go back to school. Continue your education to advance in the same field or get an education in another field you may enjoy more.
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    Remember that this is just a job, not your life. Look for activities that will help distract you and remind you that there is much more to life than your job.
    • Have fun outside of work. Meet friends for dinner or go to the gym. Spend time working on hobbies, reading or join clubs. Spend time doing the things you enjoy.
    • Help others. Become more active in your church or volunteer at a food pantry or an assisted living home. If you like fundraising, contact a local charity. These are great ways to distract yourself from a job you hate.
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    Look for a new job.
    • Identify what you don't like about your present position so you can avoid these things in your next job.
    • If your work schedule prevents job hunting, consider sending your resume, making phone calls and scheduling interviews after work or during your lunch break.

Things You'll Need

  • Pictures
  • Family photos
  • Clock
  • Plants
  • Resume

Article Info

Categories: Workplace Conflicts Coping and Issues