Let’s be honest. If you spend a lot of your workday thinking you just don’t care about your job … well, you have plenty of company.. Unfortunately, jobs for the most part are not designed well. Certainly not designed with human-centered roles, chances for positive feedback and advancement, and rewarding interactions built in.
But spending so much of your life engaged in “this sucks” and “what I do is meaningless” thinking has three major problems:
- Your day feels even more awful when you reinforce the bad parts.
- Sitting in “don’t care about your job” mode means you miss opportunities to be creative in actually making your day better.
- Feeling so disconnected eats at your spirit until you actually lose any spark that can help you find solutions — or even a new job. And you may even begin to see yourself as less for accepting “so little”.
And then there’s the interview effect:
- We often carry who we become on the job away with us, and right into the interview room.
- I’ve interviewed a number of people for who the light seems to have gone out — and that reflects on who you might be on a daily basis … even in a job you say you’d like more.
What this post is NOT saying
I know some jobs are awful. Or truly feel meaningless. And I am not trying to tell you to suddenly like what is unlikable. Or embrace with open arms what is not the right job for you.
But for some reason you did choose this job. And it probably was a decent choice at the time under the circumstances. Even if only for the money — which is an important only. I had a few jobs like that myself.
But rather than throw away all those hours in a “let’s just get through it” mode, is there maybe … just maybe … something different you can try now? Perhaps a different approach and / or mindset that actually benefits you, regardless of the job itself?
Not that you’re wrong to feel what you feel
So again, I’m not saying what you’re feeling is wrong if you don’t care about your job. In fact, the message is coming through loud and clear that something needs to change. And it’s important to pay attention to that voice inside.
What I am saying is that in situations like this often you are the only one who can take action to make your own life better. And as much as it may feel like slogging through mud at first, the effort is worth it.
Just one small experimental change can awaken something inside that needs a bit of a wake up call. At the very least you’re shaking up a rut you may be in that can take hold when you feel powerless for too long.
Even if you don’t care about your job…
There are a lot of things in life we can’t change. But the good news is that there are often more things we can change than we think..It all begins with taking the first step toward something you do care about.
And the best place to start is right where you are.
Not only does that help awaken your spirit, but you may even start to build new skills and accomplishments that will look great on your resume. And maybe learn not to recreate the same mistakes or settle for the same conditions in your next job!
Some posts to help get you going
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