Do you have a feeling of dread every morning when you wake up? “I hate my job,” you repeat to yourself as you hit the snooze button.
Getting out of bed seems like a monumental task, and it’s just the start of the day.
Next is the commute in traffic. Once you arrive, the stale coffee because your company is too cheap to buy good stuff. The Friday donuts shoved in your face every week, just begging you to be eaten and unable to render yourself to move out of your terrible office chair?
Oh, and the completely ridiculous politically correct culture that now plagues every office park in America. Where saying the tiniest thing wrong will result in you getting fired, a termination of your 401k, and for good measure it’ll be an old cranky HR lady with a vendetta against you.
Do you suffer from this?
Well, my friend–it seems you have come down with a case of I Hate My Job.
“I HATE MY JOB” — WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT!
A GUIDE TO MAKING THE MOST OF HATING YOUR JOB
Let’s face it, if you’re reading this post it means that you probably have some higher aspirations. Those who do not have those aspirations are spending their office time watching cat videos on YouTube, not reading and improving.
So consider yourself a bit ahead of the curve.
You’ve accepted the fact that you have a Miserable Office Job and are trying to make the most out of it whilst simultaneously moving towards something better. Great!
The major problem is that too many people fall into a woe-is-me cycle at their job. I’d know, because I’ve done it before. It starts on the first day when you’re new on the job. Brimming with excitement.
“This is the place I make a name for myself!”, you exclaim while pushing the doubts out of your mind.
We know what comes next. The first few weeks, maybe even months–aren’t so bad. It’s tolerable. People are friendly to you. You’re doing something new. Excitement!
Then that slowly (or quickly becomes)…I HATE MY JOB.
Usually for me, around the sixth month mark was where it started going downhill. I’d get fed up of something my boss was doing, tired of the boss above him, or the coffee made me want to vomit.
No matter at what point in the relationship this happens to you, rest assured that once it starts it rarely recovers. The Great-Now-Miserable Office Job becomes a little nag in the back of your head. Much like a relationship where someone cheats on the other, there’s always something in the background.
It will never full recover.
So, once you reach that point where you’re screaming to yourself, “I hate my job!”…here’s how you make the most of it.
#1: GET A STANDING DESK
It seems so simple, but the fact of the matter is that we’re not meant to sit all day. It’s terrible for our posture, health, and overall mood. Add in the fluorescent cubicle lights and you have a recipe for disaster.
A standing desk will at least get you out of that same position and give you a slight sense of renewed energy at times throughout the day.
The best situation is to get a standing desk that can be raised and lowered. It’s not great to stand the entire day either–so mix it up. Sit for half an hour, stand for an hour. Rinse and repeat.
Now, standing desks can be expensive–which is why you should do your best to put the onus on your company (who is making you miserable) to do so. Many companies have someone who is an “ergonomic specialist”–that’s their whole job. To help you.
The reality is that it’s probably just someone from Human Resources to handle this so you don’t sue the company for arthritis, but if you can truly prove you are having problems from sitting all day, the company will probably do their best to hush you up.
This means getting a standing desk!
Step 1: See if you have a HR person/ergonomic desk specialist at your company. Send them an email and tell them you’re interested in a standing desk situation.
Step 2: When they respond, they’ll probably have some questions about what’s ailing you. Ailments are so common from sitting all day, you don’t even have to try to make something up. Just say you have back or neck pain. Simple as that.
Step 3: You may need to go to the doctor and get a note before the company shells out the money to help you do this. The good companies will just do it on demand (I had one of those), the bad companies make you jump through hoops (also had one of those).
Step 4: If you have to go to the doctor, simply say your back and neck are bothering you from sitting all day. The great thing about this kind of ailment is that there’s no way to prove it! The doctors are pretty used to this by now and will probably just write you the note and send you on your way.
Step 5: Take said note back to the
assholes of wonderful HR people and shove it in their face give them the diagnosis. They’ll probably still have paperwork for you to fill out, and then they’ll order you the desk.
Step 6: Enjoy your new standing desk! Consider investing in a padded mat to stand on to keep the load off your feet. Depending on your dress code, you may also consider simply wearing a pair of comfortable shoes.
#2: LEARN TO JUST LET GO
Seriously, you’re going to hear all sorts of silly shit in the office. If you let everything get to you, you’ll make your office job even more miserable than it already is.
As an unplugged and enlightened person, the amount of cuckholdry you’ll hear in the office will astound you. Guys taking orders from their fat wife who sits on the couch watching Housewives all day. Meanwhile, the man is responsible for transiting the kids to school, cooking meals, and more.
If you try to argue with these people about the ways of life–it’s going to fall onto deaf ears.
It is not your goal to save every man out there.
Do not even try. That energy is far better spent simply working on yourself, speaking of…
#3: START YOUR OWN SIDE PROJECTS
I had the idea for this post for a while, and wanted to find a keyword to tag it with to rank in Google.
Running through my results, I found that a lot of people are using keywords like this because they despise their work. Here’s the proof.
The crazy thing is that you could easily do this kind of keyword research while at your desk.
Simply typing things into Google, seeing what comes up, and analyzing the competition. You could do all the nitty-gritty keyword research behind your business from the comfort of your new standing desk.
And trust me, the keyword and technical stuff is the least fun part of blogging and running an online business.
Why is this possible?
Here’s the real deal about “employee time”.
Most people in the workforce work for eight hours a day. But that working time consists primarily of goofing off and trying to look busy.
In my case, I was spending probably 95% of my day doing that.
Most people it’s probably in the 70% range.
So, if you think you can get away with it…find something to work on.
Take a look at the little book I wrote recently, Understanding Ukraine. I launched it at 99 cents in order to climb up the Amazon rankings. It became a “best-seller” almost overnight, because it was a tiny niche.
Even at a raised price of $4.99, it’s within reason to sell 20 a month. That’s not a huge amount of titles. That’s nearly $70 in my pocket (after Amazon’s fees).
You’re telling me you couldn’t jot down a thousand words a day while you’re at your desk with nothing to do?
That entire book is only 16,000 words and is pretty much my entire niche site copied over into an eBook format. It’s an easily repeatable format.
Write 1,000 words a day at your desk (more coming below on HOW to do that). That’s one blog post.
Build your own website and start publishing them. Learn about keywords, AdWords, and other things that go into running a website.
When you reach 20 posts (1,000 words each), copy and paste them into an eBook. You could do this kind of formatting at your office job, easily. Learn to format for Kindle, then publish. Then you get to learn about marketing, and how Amazon’s formula works.
1,000 words a day. That’s not hard. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour. Considering you’re probably wasting at least five hours a day already, what’s the harm?
If you managed to pull that off, you’d write roughly the equivalent to Understanding Ukraine in just two weeks. Two weeks to write the first draft of a book–and you’d be on your way to becoming an Amazon best seller (obvious sarcasm)
IMPORTANT: Your employer can see everything you do on your computer. Doesn’t mean they will, but they can. Source: I was a Senior IT engineer.
Pro tip: Use GMAIL to write your drafts. An IT person will rarely spy on you just for shits and giggles. It’s when you start doing suspicious things like writing a blog on WordPress that things will start to look bad. Most people leave their Gmail inboxes open on their computers all day.
Just load a small pop-out window and write your drafts in Gmail.
THE “I HATE MY JOB” FINAL STEP
Okay, a bit extreme. Don’t do it that fast. Maybe you really have no desire to live abroad. Or hell, to start and run your own business. Maybe you just want to hate your job a little less.
Regardless of whether or not you have aspirations to break all the way free, implementing these steps into your office job will make you happier.
Being able to stand and stretch will improve your posture, mood, and fitness level. Learning to let things go will help you become more zen and at peace with yourself. And working on your own side projects will give you a sense of satisfaction, and will hopefully even make you a few bucks.
Stop saying, “I hate my job.”
You can be miserable, or start making it less miserable.
The choice is yours.
‘Til next time,
PS: If you feel like you’re at a point where you want to start your own site (or just improve the look of your current one), I offer free consultations.