Are you sick of living the same day over and over again? If the answer is “Yes!” you might be stuck in the wrong job. The only way you can escape this endless cycle is to change your attitude and start doing something about it. Of course, we are not suggesting that you have a bad attitude. Low job satisfaction can have a detrimental effect on your mental health in the long term. So what can you do about it?
Determine what makes you unhappy.
There may be several reasons why you are not happy at work. Maybe you don’t get along with your coworkers or your leader, or maybe you don’t feel comfortable in the company culture. At the same time, you may not enjoy the type of work you are doing.
Make a plan.
Once you have figured out what exactly is making you unhappy, you can start a plan for how to improve the situation. If you don’t get along with your colleagues or leader, you can probably work it out by talking and saying how you feel. If you feel like the company culture doesn’t fit with you, just finding a similar position in a different organization might be the answer. However, if you are not enjoying the job, it is probably better to assess whether or not you need to change to a different industry and/or make a change in your career.
Break the plan down into small steps.
Be sure to break your plan down into small, achievable steps. For example, if you want to move to a different company, it might be helpful to research the organizational cultures of the companies that interest you. On the other hand, if you want to make a career change, you will need to find out if you need additional education and experience.
Put your plan into action.
It can be challenging to set a timeline to achieve your goal of finding a job that makes you happy because you are not in control of making hiring decisions. However, you can set specific time limits for each step. For example, you could update your resume by the end of the week, start your job search by the end of two weeks, and apply for at least two job openings every month after that. Or, if you want to move to a different job or industry, you can enroll in a course to earn a certification within three months. You could also spend two hours each week expanding your network of connections in the industry of your choice.
Being stuck in the wrong job can seriously affect your quality of life. So determine what makes you unhappy in your job, and then put into practice a plan to find a job that is interesting, challenging, and enjoyable.