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[Serious] How do you mentally make it through the work day at a job you hate but it is necessary for your survival?

[Serious] How do you mentally make it through the work day at a job you hate but it is necessary for your survival?

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  1. Depends on the type of job and why you hate it. In general you have to do at least one of a couple things:

    * Find something about it you can enjoy.
    * Find something where you can compete with yourself.
    * Find work where you can just turn your brain off and zone out (anything repetitive).
    * Find the places you can slack and how much slacking off you can get away with.
    * Break up your day; take walks, “smoke breaks”, bathroom brakes; I’d try to push my lunch back as long as possible because that would make the afternoon shorter.
    * Talk to your boss; maybe they can put you somewhere else
    * Focus on your non-work life and find your satisfaction there.

  2. I started focusing on developing my own skill set. How can I do this better? Wether emails, time management, scheduling, agenda making, whatever, it researched and tried new things to make me better.

  3. I try to make games out of mundane tasks. As a cashier, I tracked my IPM (Items per minute) score, and always tried to get a new high score (without crushing eggs or anything). Currently I work at a bank, so sometimes I’ll organize the money while keeping an eye out for collectible coins or bills. There’s always something that you can turn into a game, and once you focus on that work goes by more quickly.

  4. I started writing content for a hobby of mine.

    This caused me to spend almost all of the time I was at work thinking about my hobby instead; and not just the pointless longing that makes the job even worse, because I was actively contributing to the writing/development process for something I was going to use.

    Way more effective than daydreaming.

  5. i used to constantly look forward to things, no matter how small. it could be something typical like eagerly awaiting the weekend or my commute to work because i got to listen to music, read, or watch shows for 30-40 minutes. i also don’t recommend this, but i used retail therapy to feel better about working a shitty job.

  6. Depends on the job. Some of the really boring ones, I’ve gone as far as calculating how many seconds it takes to earn a penny so I can count my wages as I watch the clock.

    Makes it slightly more tolerable when you realize you just earned £1.38 for listening to Mary from HR talk rabbit pn about her in-laws.

  7. I make a mental countdown of when I can go home and relax. I like to have something special waiting like a snack, a bath bomb, or a beer/ shot depending on the day I had. I also try to keep up with friends and family on my days off since it doesn’t happen very often. I guess I just try to make myself happy since my jobs so miserable.

  8. It’s one of the few situations where you should say “At least I’m not as bad off as THAT person.” The “person” to whom you are referring is the family living in a poor country whose home is barely a shack (or maybe just a plastic tarp) and they have no idea whether or not they will have food that day. Would you trade places with them?

    And you should also fill out job applications to other employers.

  9. litterally anything to take your mind off of it. I cannot stand some of the people I work with and I’m getting better at just shutting up and doing what I’m supposed to. I’m not friends with or talk to anyone e outside of work because when I leave its fully gone. I can be happy and not worry about anything at work

  10. The secret no one tells you is that even in jobs you love, there will be large portions of it you hate to varying degrees, but still have to do.

    Just focus on your tasks and don’t think about it. It is when you think about it that it becomes a problem.

  11. Remember your “why”

    Why are you still there if you hate it? Why is it necessary for your survival? How important is said survival?

    Once you figure out a why, then there’s the reason to do the job

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  13. You know, to be quite honest, I’m not really sure how I do it. I think my original plan was using as much time on the clock as possible to complete classwork online towards getting a job away from this dead end shit hole. By now, even on a good day, I’m wasting half of it on the internet to keep from getting burnt out studying. In any event, I somehow keep pulling it off. I guess the mortgage and car payment are a good incentive not to flip my desk over and walk away.

  14. I went to collage so I could do what I liked doing. I invested my time on the job to become knowledgeable at every level. I left my home life at the door when I went to work and left my life at work behind me when I went home.

    Make the best of every situation. Be the best you can be at every job you do and you will be the boss. To go to work with the attitude of getting out of work every day will only make you worthless at every job you have. And you will never have a good job or good pay.

  15. Break down your hourly rate into minutes (so how much you make an hour/60), then for every minute that goes by think about that money you just made. Was 60 seconds of work worth X amount of money? If so then carry on. If not, then it’s time to look for something else maybe

  16. Depends whether it’s a job you trained/studied for and really want/ed to do or if it’s just a sh*tkicker job.

    Sad state of affairs when people have no choice but to hold onto a dead-end job they hate because of the rubbish economy/job market/cost of living etc; or not having the financial liberty to pursue further training or study to find their profession. Even trained roles can be hard to switch between sometimes. I hated my old career and am really lucky I have enough savings atm to do a mid-life seachange starting from vocational training at square one.

    Last career…dunno. I was pissed off and depressed a lot, bad management, no support, varying pay and job uncertainty from contracting, rubbish quality of work from co-workers; the list goes on. I don’t know what advice to give you apart from, if it really starts to impact your mental health like it did me it may become necessary to do something else regardless of financial situation or otherwise. Really hard dive to take but yeh, don’t let it seriously f*ck with your mental health.

  17. You get through it as best as you can. Different folks have different coping skills. Mine is to breathe, and focus on everything else you’ve overcome that has been difficult. It’s not easy, but it will be over soon.

  18. No kids, no debt should be the way to live until you are stable and are where you want to be. Both of those situations and may as well carve “ slave” on your forehead

  19. I like my current job but just accepting that you’re there for as long as you’re there and nothing can change that. Keep your head down, do your work, and try not to look at the clock too much.

  20. Lol, lower all standards of living through education. Everyone should have a piece of any pie and then some, academically proven. Fuck’um love where you want most governments aren’t fucking with you

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