When Life Gives You More Than You Can Stand, Kneel
Though summer time is a wonderful time of year for rest, relaxation, and vacations it is also a busy time at my day-job. It was been leaving me more exhausted recently, draining me of the energy I want to put towards my writing. I truly enjoy my job as a Physical Therapist Assistant, helping to rehabilitate folks to their highest level of function so that they may enjoy their fullest life. But such with any job, sometimes I feel like I have nothing left to give at the end of the day.
Now I know I’m not the only person who feels this way about their job. Maybe you like your job, maybe you don’t. Maybe you work directly with the public, maybe you spend most of your time at a computer. Maybe you have a gossipy pain in the tush coworker that drive you nuts, or maybe you love your coworkers. Nonetheless, our day-jobs can drain us of the energy we would rather spend on our families and our hobbies. So how do we push through these tough times at work? I mean, we’ve got to be there almost every day, so might as well figure out how to manage it all, right? Let me give you some pointers guys, because I know you’re feeling me on this one.
Rule Number 1: Be thankful that you have a job. It may not be the best paying, the most fun, or be the ideal hours you would like, but having a job at all is something to be thankful for. I never really appreciated having a full-time job with benefits until I decided to go back to school. I struggled to pay my bills going to school full-time and working part-time. I’ll never forget when I finally landed my first full-time job after completing that round of schooling. It was such a relief to receive a paycheck every two weeks, be able to pay my bills without worry, and know that I had health insurance.
Having your job also allows you to have money for a little bit of fun! Without your job you would not be able to go on the occasional shopping spree, take vacations, or enjoy an occasional night out to dinner. I know when you dislike your job or you are going through a particularly rough patch at work all you can see is the immediate problems you have to face each day. Try to remind yourself of all the perks of having your job, and all that it provides for you and your family.
Change Your Perspective
Rule Number 2: Think positively. Along with being grateful for your job, begin to see your job as a needed service you provide to the community. My dad helped me see things this way when I was working retail part-time. I did not feel selling clothes was an important job. I wanted to help people on a deeper level than just with their fashion choices. Then my dad asked me one day, “Do you have customers come in every day? If so, then obviously you are meeting a need of the public. If it wasn’t a need, nobody would come in.” This totally changed my perspective. Though I never grew to love working in retail or fashion, it helped me make the most of my time there and provide better service.
Your job, no matter what field you are in, requires a specific set of skills that not everybody has. If they did, then everybody would be doing your job. You were chosen to do the job you have because your employer thought you were the best qualified for the position. That is something to be proud of! Even if you are not in your ideal job, there are likely certain skills and competencies you are gaining that will help you get to wherever you want in your career. View this place as a stepping stone, and make the most of it.
This Too Shall Pass
Rule Number 3: Remember that nothing lasts forever. No matter how bad things may be in your job right now, they will get better. Our work-places naturally ebb and flow with how busy or down-right difficult they are. Nothing stays the same, and the tough times will get better. Remember this when you’re going through a rough patch.
If you have stayed in a rough patch for a while, your values don’t align with the companies values that you work for, or your job is simply bringing you down for a prolonged period of time then perhaps it’s time to think about alternate solutions. Sometimes cutting ties with an employer is the best move for you. I always recommend making a “pro’s and con’s” list to help make the best decision for you more clear. When I decided to cut ties with my former employer I felt some guilt for leaving and fear about my unknown future. But I knew I had given it enough thought to make the best decision for myself, and in hindsight it was the best decision I could have made for myself.
Hang In There!
I truly understand the frustrations of being a working gal. Trying to please your employer, those you serve, and meet the needs of your daily life. Hopefully these tools above will help you to make the most of the tough times at work and get you through. When you go to work, I challenge you to use one of the above mentioned strategies to make your workday more tolerable.