In my post on Monday, I suggested that you a) write a list of what you hate about your job; and b) write a list about what you wish your job entailed.
For today, I want you to look at that second list and highlight, underline, or otherwise mark those elements that your current job provides you. It may be as simple as “good pay,” “good benefits,” “easy commute,” and “flexible hours.” It may be that you’re at least working in the field you love (even if it’s not the job of your dreams) or that you’re in a position of responsibility or that you work with a smart, talented, collegial team (though they may be tortured, as you are, by an insane boss). It may be that you at least get to use some of your skills (cooking, designing, selling homes) or that the view from your office/store window can’t be beat.
It may be, too, that you write this list, you’ll add a few things to your “ideal job” list.
Feeling blocked? Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
1) Am I learning skills I can use to get a more ideal job in the future?
2) Are there ancillary benefits to this job that I enjoy? (e.g., free yoga classes, discounts on bus passes, all the ice cream you can eat)?
3) Am I making contacts that might help me improve my work situation later on?
4) Is there something that I could ask for that would my situation more bearable? (e.g., a raise, a promotion, a chance to telecommute, more input in the policy/direction of your company)?
Now write out a list of all the ways your current job is actually giving what you want — whether it’s three items or 10.
Next up: More ways to love the job you’re in.