How to Hate Your Job Less

When "do something you love" isn't an option.

Loving what you do for a living isn't a luxury everyone can necessarily afford, especially when trying to support yourself, or an entire family. If you're not a huge fan of your job, here's some advice to try and hate your job just a little bit less. 

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Start your day off right

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Good mood = better day at work? It's very possible. If you start your day off right, it can set the tone for your entire day. Whether it's a leisurely morning routine, that nice morning cup of coffee, or getting some fresh air to wake yourself up, the right morning routine can make all the difference.

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Think happy thoughts

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Keeping a positive mindset can help fend off any negative feelings you might have about your job. We know it's not always so easy, so here are some tips to help:

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Set goals for yourself

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Looking at the bigger picture might be the thing to help you get through your current rut. If you're not happy where you are right now, setting goals for your future may help assess if your current role will at least help you get there.

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Make friends in the office

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Having people you actually like at work can make it a lot more bearable, even if you don't love the job itself. Not only does it show you can get along with others (and therefore create potential networking opportunities), it gives you a reason to maybe look forward to going into the office! Here are a couple tips for making friends at work:

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Ask for more

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If you're not satisfied, ask for more! Whether it's more pay, more opportunities to prove yourself, more vacation days, or more benefits, assess what would give you higher job satisfaction, and follow this advice to go for it:

Tips for Asking Your Boss if You Can Work From Home

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Take a personal day once in a while

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Sometimes you just hit a day where you really don't want to go to work. Whether it's because you're actually not feeling well, are maybe a little bit hungover, or would just rather sleep, you can take that personal day every so often. They're there for a reason! If you really don't want to give the reason why you're ditching for the day, here are some excuses you might want to use:

Excuses You Can Use to Take Time Off for a Job Interview (Or For Any Other Reason)

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Take a break

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If you're feeling burnt out at work, take a break! This may mean a full on vacation, but there are many things you can do during the work day to help make it through.

Things you can do right at your desk:

Stretch | Yoga Isometric Exercises Upper Body Workouts Meditate

Things you can do to get away from your desk:

 | 7 Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break Wisely

And some very useful advice for all you office workers out there: 

8 Hacks to Sit Less and Save Your Life​

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Get along with your boss

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Even if you don't like them (or they're just plain bad). This will make your life a whole lot easier. Why? Because they're the ones that can help you keep – or lose – your job.

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And handle any difficult people at work effortlessly

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Bosses aren't the only potentially difficult people you may have to deal with at work. From office bullies to people that are just plain hard to get along with, it's not always easy to play nice. In order to keep the peace, and therefore make work a little less miserable, here are some tips for dealing with difficult people at work:

How to Deal With Difficult People at Work... and Why You Must

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Find inspiration

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Sometimes, all it takes are a few inspiring words to get you back in the right mindset. Hopefully, this will help you feel inspired:

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Make sure you're aware of expectations

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No one wants to be awkwardly called out for something silly. It's important to know what's expected of you at work, from your actual job performance to simple workplace etiquette. So, here's a question for you:

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Figure out why you're unhappy...

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And assess if you can make it work. Finding the root of your dissatisfaction, and being able to address it, may be the key to being content and continuing on. So... 

Top 10 Ways to Be Happy at Work

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But if you can't make it work, it might be time to take these next steps

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Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you really can't bear to stay at your current job anymore. Before jumping ship, try these tips:

But if all all else fails, it may be time for this:

How Do You Know When it's Time to Quit?