An old friend of mine once told me that she used to adore reading until she started writing literary criticism for a living. Even at the best of times, we don't always love what we do, and when times are tough -- like they are right now -- it's not so easy to ditch a job just because you're not enjoying it.
At The 36-Hour Day, I'm writing about ways to make your boring job better -- or, at least, ways to make yourself appreciate it a little more. The details are over there, but here are the basics:
1.) Get energized. Here are a few ways to boost your energy levels without leaving the office.
2.) Personalize your space.
3.) Have a life outside of the office. If you’re not deriving satisfaction from your 9-to-5, look for ways to feel fulfilled when you’re not at work.
4.) Turn off the inner critic or control freak. If that seems like too far-reaching of a goal, focus on this: Pick your battles. Figure out what’s most important to you and fight for it -- and let the rest slide.
5.) Face the facts. If you’re truly unsatisfied with your job, and you’re willing to take a few risks, now may be a great time to figure out what you really love to do. If you can’t figure out a way to get paid for it, do it on your own time and put it on your resume — as Penelope Trunk points out, your resume isn’t about your income, it’s about your experience.