I have been working at a job that I don’t enjoy for almost 2 years now. It is uninspiring, it is time-consuming, it is filled with joyless people.
But spending so much time at this job, has taught me some great lessons about life, which I am grateful for. If you are working at a horrible job too, I advise you to take note of the following lessons, and be grateful for them:
1: Time is valuable – don’t waste it. When you waste 8-9 hours a day already, you get extremely aware of this fact, and you notice how well you spend your spare time.
2: Be nice to people. If you have a boss that makes your life horrible, recognize this power he has over your day, and do the opposite, next time you have the same power over others.
3: Spend money wisely. When you spend your money, while holding a crappy job, you basically exchange the hours you spend there for goods and services. You need to try and only spend money on the bare necessities, or on stuff that makes you at least as happy, as the job is making you unhappy.
4: Freedom is everything. Having to spend half of your day in a place you want to be, is a massive loss of personal freedom. You therefore need to become an expert in optimizing the rest of your day for personal freedom .
5: Appreciate what you have. When life gives you lemons, you need to learn to enjoy the sour taste. You can learn to be appreciative in all circumstances – it only takes practice and belief. Parts of life could always be better, but they could also be much much worse. So learn to appreciate what you already have. This is something the old stoic philosophers were preaching as well.
6: Learn from adversity. Every tough situation you face is an opportunity for you to learn. Is someone screaming at you at work? Practice how to be calm. You don’t want to take your bike to work today? Practice mental toughness/discipline.
7: Be efficient. You get a lot of tasks and you don’t want to do them – they are boring to you. So learn how to work efficiently, so you can be done with them faster. Check out some of my productivity posts , or study the Less Doing method.
8: Find out what’s important. When you don’t have the whole day to yourself, you need to decide what’s most important to you and prioritize. Otherwise, you might regret how you spend your spare time. This is a valuable lesson to learn.
What about you? What have you learned from working an unenjoyable job?