I have a day job, but my dream is to become a full-time online entrepreneur someday. At times, there have been rough moments with my motivation, when I didn’t like working at all.
In fact, I hated my work, but then I switched my thinking and this has helped me to change my attitude towards my work.
Although I’m building my online business on the side, I’m still having my day job. And in order to make my day job experience as smooth as possible, I have gathered some tips on how to cope with your day job – even if you hate it.
1. Change your mindset
By changing my mindset, I have been able to move through rough times at the office world. In fact, I wrote about this mindset shift earlier this year on another blog post.
By changing my attitude from despising and complaining to gratitude, I have a whole different motivation to do my work.
Ok, so, I’m not in my dream job, but I do my work with professionalism and with my best ability, so that I can be proud of what I do.
It also means that I don’t want to let my colleagues down. If there is a task to be done, it is going to be done – in time.
“By changing my attitude from despising and complaining to gratitude, I have a whole different motivation to do my work
2. Find another position inside the company
Sometimes you might want to switch positions inside your company, if that is possible.
Changing your work description to meet better what you want may give you a huge boost of motivation and new opportunities that you have never imagined of.
3. Define you purpose
The thing that will change your life forever is finding your purpose. In fact, I am very grateful that I have found mine. For clarifying my purpose, I have used Brad Swift’s training program for making this happen!
Once you find your direction you get a huge boost of motivation and excitement, because you now know how to channel your energy and to what things on your life to focus on.
You may be now asking: When I find my purpose and my passion, doesn’t that make it even harder for me to work on my day job (if the passion is not your job related)?
The way I see it, the answer is both yes and no.
Yes, because you are so thrilled about focusing on your passion only and nothing else.
No, because even if you are not passionate about your day job, you are at least aware that you have a plan to follow outside your working hours. Also, when you work on your passion on a daily basis and don’t quit, it is very possible that you can eventually turn it into a living.
“Once you find your direction you get a huge boost of motivation and excitement
4. Have a plan B
After I found my passion and took action to fulfill it, I stopped complaining. I like to call this action as plan B – knowing what you want out of your life.
What your plan B is depends of your situation. In my case it was a decision to start building my online business around my passion.
I know that it is a long journey until it becomes profitable. However, by knowing that I’m taking action outside my day job, it also changes my attitudes towards my day job too.
Even if you might hate your job, it becomes now clear that you are participating to a change, which will lead to a better life – if you are willing to be persistent and not quit your journey too soon.
By taking responsibility of your life, you change your role from passenger to driver. Once you realize this, you start focusing your energy to fulfilling your passion – instead of complaining.
“Plan B – knowing what you want out of your life
5. Visualize the outcome of your passion
When I found my passion, I started to visualize the life I have – being a proud owner of my online business.
Doing this helps you to keep on working on your plan B – even during those times when you feel that your motivation is slipping away.
Visualizing your outcome may not directly help you in your day job, but it helps you on your journey to fulfill your passion. This is important, so that you keep on working on it every day.
6. Do you work as well as you can
It would be very easy for me to neglect my work if I hated my day job. However, my work is not only about me – it also reflects to other people inside my company too.
Even if I occasionally had hard times of finding motivation for my work, my principle has always been to do the work with the best quality I can. This ensures that I’m happy to myself and especially if my work has effects to my colleagues work, they are happy too.
7. Appreciate your colleagues
One powerful resource you have at your disposal is your colleagues.
I’m grateful for my colleagues – not only because they are fun – but also because it is easier for me to manage on my work – even during the rough times. Knowing that there may be others experiencing the same things as me helps me to go to work in time and do my work with my best ability.
Having mutual coffee breaks and talking about other things than work helps me to relax and laugh with them, thus pushing the work related matters into background – at least for a moment.
“I’m grateful for my colleagues – not only because they are fun – but also because it is easier for me to manage on my work – even during the rough times.
8. One day less…
Once you have a plan B, think that every day you go to you day job, it is one day less before you can throw yourself fully into your passion – full time.
Think of it as a victory after finishing yet another day in a job you don’t mind doing.
9. Change your lifestyle and your habits
If there is something that has changed my life for the better and helped me to manage my work and my life, is the lifestyle change I did couple of years ago.
After started eating healthy and exercising, I have been full of energy and joy in my everyday life. However, not only did these changes made a big difference, also changing some habits of mine revolutionized my life.
Most importantly, becoming more productive and working on my passion right after I wake up have helped me to move towards my goals on a daily basis.
These habit changes are crucial, if you want to take your plan B and turn it to plan A (earning your living through your passion).
“Habit changes are crucial, if you want to take your plan B and turn it to plan A
Living a life where you hate your day job but at the same time don’t seem to find any alternative work opportunities is very frustrating.
However, once you realize that you can take responsibility of your life, discover what you want from your life (and how to turn that into your living) and start taking action on it, your life gets a new meaning.
Also, feeling gratitude towards your day job is a game changer too. You look at your job from a different perspective – instead of just complaining about it.
This makes you to save your energy and helps you to channel it the right way: You can do your work with your best ability and you are willing to work on your plan b on a daily basis outside your work.
It’s your turn now!
- How do you find your day job, do you love it or hate it?
- What kinds of tips do you have for managing on your day job?
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