How to Love Your Job, Even If You Don’t

How to Love Your Job, Even If You Don’t

May 27, 2020 0 By Anthony Ekanem

I know that not everyone reading this post is fortunate enough to have a job of their dream. We all are living in a very competitive time. Today, just being qualified or eligible for a job is not a guaranty that you will get the job. You have to be “the most eligible” candidate to get a dream job. Now, to be the most eligible of all candidates is not easy. It depends on several known and hidden factors, including ethnicity or nationality, educational qualifications, physical appearance, performance at interview, and many other factors. Since it is not everyone that can be the most eligible candidate, you will have to be content with other jobs which may or may not be of your liking.

Your Present Job

It may be that you are doing a boring, routine or less rewarding job. Maybe you don’t have the opportunity to work at your full potential in this job. Indeed, as a man or woman of your calibre, you deserve something better. And if you are making all the efforts necessary to get the job of your dream, I wish you the very best in endeavours. However, it is my humble advice that while you are still searching for that “perfect job”, you should enjoy the one you are currently doing.  Keep celebrating and expanding all the other joys of life that surround you.

No matter how bad, annoying, frustrating, or less rewarding your present job may be, one thing is sure – you will go nowhere by complaining or worrying about it! Think about this: at any given time, your present job is the primary source of your income. Your bread and butter come from the money you earn in this job. You pay your monthly bills, your taxes and your children’s school fees from the salaries earned on this job. You take your wife (if you are a man) out for dinner and give her a beautiful present from the money you earn from this job. Your present job is the platform on which you will lay the foundation for your dream job. So dear reader, that job you are currently doing is not “bad”.  There is dignity of labour. Just fix your mind on the positive side of the job and play down on any negativity. Love your job and respect it.

I know it may not be very easy to love a boring, dull and less rewarding job. However, you can easily make your job enjoyable. A little effort and innovation on your part can make any kind of job exciting. Here is a handy tip: if you want to make your job enjoyable, ask yourself “How can I do this job in a better way? How can I improve my productivity?” Think over these two questions, and you will get the answer. The best way to make your job enjoyable is to continually find a better way of doing it.

Here are some benefits you will get by loving your job:

  1. You will be more productive in your job.
  2. Your image in the eyes of your superiors will improve.
  3. You will be less tired at the end of the day.
  4. Your relationship with your boss and colleagues will improve.
  5. You will always finish your work quickly.

If you love your job, you will do it passionately.  You will not have the time to worry about its negative aspects. You will be busy with it and will not feel frustrated or stressed due to the monotony of the present job.

How to Love Your Job

Statistics show that many people don’t like (let alone love) their job. What should you do about it? Fortunately, there are many efficient methods that will change any rigid work routine for the better. The dominant problem of bad work lies in our psychology: “you are what you do”. If an individual has a bad attitude to their job, it affects their self-esteem.

Dale Carnegie, in his book, How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job, advised on how to make every day rewarding and exciting, how to get more jobs done, and have more fun doing them.  So, what should you do to love your job? Try the following tips:

  1. Communicate with your colleagues. Let your supervisor know about your achievements and any challenges you may have.  But don’t complain or show your anger. Let the team spirit develop in your group. Point out a hindering aspect of your job and proffer solutions to it. Do something to improve yourself. Take up a project or task you like most. Spend more time to to something you are good at.
  2. Improve Relationships – Everyone is different. We tend to dislike some people (sometimes for no apparent reason). That is why conflicts are inevitable. Instead of quarrel, ask your colleague what you can do to resolve any disagreement. It will reduce tension and help to build a healthy relationship even with the hottest tempered person.
  3. Delegate your duties. Find an ambitious employee and give them the aspect of the job you think they can handle. It will improve their performance and competence on the job and also prepare them for future career promotion.
  4. Ask for feedback. Ask your boss and colleagues how you are doing on the job. Let them know you need their honest feedback to improve yourself, not to hear empty compliments.
  5. Start with doing the most challenging aspect of the work. Do the most difficult part of your work before lunch. If you suspend it, it won’t disappear, and after lunch, it may even be harder for you to do it. Besides, such a schedule will allow you to finish your working day with something pleasant, something you feel enthusiastic about.
  6. Have fun. Your job may not be fun. But don’t repeat that to yourself all the time. Some good jokes can cheer up everyone. 
  7. Work in a team. You can do more if you have fewer responsibilities. Teamwork is an excellent way to handle your work process for achieving it. Learn it, because it is a useful skill.
  8. Have time for your spiritual and physical health. Adhere to the basic rules of nutritious diet, work-outs and healthy sleep. It is a simple way to take a fresh look at your job.
  9. Live Life. People who have interests in addition work are the best employees, friends, parents and spouses. 
  10. Devote enough time to your hobby. Know what matters to you and what you want from life.

Remember that going to work is not only an opportunity to earn a living but also an opportunity to realise yourself. So, don’t miss that great opportunity.

Loving your job is a handy tip for reducing stress and tension from your life.  So, love your job. If you cannot be in the job you love, love the one you have (or at least the way you do it). Good luck as you enjoy your job.