In every job, every role, or every project, there’s always parts you love – and parts you don’t. It’s the equilibrium of life and we simply cannot avoid it. Learning to embrace the good, the bad and the ugly takes a lot of patience and perseverance. But it can be achieved. Here are some tips on how you can learn to enjoy the parts of your job that right now, you just don’t love.
Set Realistic Goals
If there’s a part of your job that you really hate, setbacks or disappoints will only discourage you further. So, it’s important to set yourself realistic goals. You should also set goals that are within your control so that you can successfully manage targets. Additionally, you should create a project timeline with milestones; being able to watch your progression and celebrate your achievements will give you the encouragement you need.
Reward Yourself Regularly
Even if you’re just showering yourself with a little self-praise, a tap on the back, or a slice of cake at lunchtime, rewards can really give you a boost in the workplace. If there’s a task you can’t stand, give yourself the motivation to get up and go, with a treat at the end of it all.
Be Honest with Your Boss / Line Manager
Communication is so important when it comes to job satisfaction. Talking to your boss, line manager or HR manager about the areas of your job that you don’t enjoy isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength, because you recognise your own limitations. Your manager will appreciate your honesty and may even be able to help. If you happen to be your own boss, talk to a business partner or an advisor.
Take Pride in Your Workspace
Whether it’s your desk or a home office, your work area can really affect your mind-set. If you’ve got a boring, dull or arduous task ahead of you, give your work area a good spring clean or add a few personal touches to make it as comfortable, cosy, creative, or inspiring as possible. Remember that good lighting and an optimised computer screen (adjusted brightness and a good distance from your eyes) is important for your concentration levels. Plus a comfortable chair to support your back wouldn't go amiss either.
Work as a Team
Working with others and sharing the load can often make your least exciting tasks a lot more bearable. If you know you struggle in a certain area, bringing on a team to help you out will give you a boost of confidence, added support, and people to bounce ideas off.
Split Your Project into Smaller Tasks
Breaking down your workload into smaller sections is a great way of staying sane when you feel like tearing your hair out. It makes a big task seem much more achievable when you tackle a bit at a time. This is a fantastic mind trick to avoid getting too overwhelmed.
See the Bigger Picture
Remember that every aspect of your role needs your attention, even the boring parts. The bigger picture is (hopefully) a job you really enjoy, a role you take pride in, or a career ladder that you’ve work long and hard to climb. Reminding yourself of the end goal will keep you motivated, even when you’re bogged down with