It seems as if work is always at the top of the list in human complaints. We love life, we love family and we love our toys…but we all seem to hate work! Work means long hours, stressful dealings, difficult people to deal with on a regular basis and just an overall sense of dread—that horrible feeling that tells you that you are slowly but surely wasting away as a drone in a sterile, depressing office.
Yes, as the title character in the film Office Space once said, “Michael, we don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day.”
And that line is true—we were not meant to live a miserable life. The epitome of human existence is not working for a pension plan, paying for insurance and keeping your office area neat and clean. You are meant to accomplish more in your life—work is a distraction. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can stop suffering a nine to five job and start LIVING!
Now hold on. We’re not suggesting you quit your job today and go live on the beach! It is true that work is a necessarily evil at times. We don’t particularly love the job we have, but it pays the bills and keeps our families afloat. (Or if you don’t have a family, then it sure brings those pizzas, six packs and video games coming)
And so maybe you don’t have the ability to quit today. What you do have, however, is the ability to plan your future and change your outlook. You do have the ability to pursue a dream career rather than settling for a job you disdain. If you cannot achieve that goal tomorrow or next week, what are you doing to ensure your accomplishment later on? Are you going to school? Are you setting out a career goal sheet with specific accomplishments?
Another important factor is in altering your mindset. Rather than think of the workplace as a miserable atmosphere with people you dislike, try to change your perspective. Get to know your coworkers and spend some time learning your family away from home. It also helps tremendously if you are assertive and speak your mind whenever conflict arises rather than taking home so much angst and burying it within you.
Work does NOT make your miserable. Your attitude and your lack of life direction is what is making you unhappy. Make time to accomplish your personal goals outside of work…and see what a difference it makes!