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10 Things to Do Right Now If You Hate Your Job (And It Shows)

Oct 30, 2022
10 Things to Do Right Now If You Hate Your Job (And It Shows)

10 Things to Do Right Now If You Hate Your Job (And It Shows)


You don't like your job. You want to quit, but you can't because of money or whatever other reason. I get it, same here! Here's the thing: Just because you're unhappy at work doesn't mean you can't make your time there more enjoyable and productive with a few simple tricks that aren't related to changing jobs (though if you want to change jobs, go ahead). Here are 10 things to do right now if you hate your job (and it shows):

Don't Stress About it All the Time

  • Don't let your job stress you out

  • Don't let your job be a source of anxiety

  • Don't let your job be a source of depression

  • Don't let your job be a source of anger

  • Don't let your job be a source of frustration

Try to Improve the Situation

Next up, let's talk about what you can do to improve the situation. If your job is truly unbearable, the first thing I would suggest is that you take a hard look at yourself and determine if there are any ways in which you could improve things for yourself. If so, then by all means go for it!

Maybe that means asking for a promotion or new job duties (everyone wants more responsibility). Maybe it means asking your boss for more money or a raise (I guarantee they've heard it before). Or maybe some people find themselves dissatisfied with their current role because they simply aren't receiving enough feedback on their performance; in this case, speaking up might be key to moving forward.

Procrastinate Less

The best way to avoid procrastination is to know your limits. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to think about what's causing the stress. Is it an unrealistic deadline, or are you just having a bad day? Either way, write down the things that are stressing you out so that they don't remain in the back of your mind where they'll only make things worse.

If it turns out that there isn't anything specific causing your overload—for example, if this is just a rough patch in life—that's okay! Just knowing that there might be no solution at hand can help ease some of the pressure on both sides: yours and work's (or school's). In other words: stop expecting something from nothing; give yourself permission not to achieve anything great right now (or ever).

Break Into a Sweat

How to do it:

  • Set a goal. Exercise can be stressful if you're used to being sedentary, so start small and set manageable goals. Try adding just 10 minutes of activity each day, or commit to walking your dog one extra time per week.

  • Find an exercise partner. There's nothing better than having someone hold you accountable for making it to the gym—and if that person also happens to be able to talk about what's going on in your life. Bonus! If you don't know anyone who fits the bill, try joining a team sport that involves other people (e.g., softball). Or sign up for a class at a local recreation center where there will be plenty of other people around who share your interests or fitness level (e.g., aerobics).

Ignore Your Phone

Your phone is a distraction. There's no denying that. So, it makes sense to ignore it when you're at work.

Here's what not to do: check your phone every five minutes—even if something important comes up and you need to answer the text right away. Make sure all of those important things can wait until after you've finished your current task or project. Otherwise, it'll be one big interruption after another and may lead to burnout and unhappiness in the long run.

Figure Out What It Is You Do Like About Your Job

It can be hard to think about what you do like about your job when you're feeling so miserable. But it's important to know what it is you do like and what makes you happy because that information can help guide your job search or change things at your current job. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you want to take stock of the good parts:

  • Do I enjoy interacting with my coworkers? If not, why? Ask yourself how much time each day that happens, how often it happens (daily vs weekly), and how involved those interactions are. Are there ways for me to increase the amount of coworker interaction I have? Is there someone specific I want more of?

  • What kind of work environment do I prefer? Do I need lots of space for myself in order for me to feel comfortable at my desk? Do sunlight and natural light make a big difference in my mood during the day? Would having windows improve things overall for me at work—and if so, how could we make that happen at our company or within our office space?

Talk to Your Coworkers

If you’re an introvert, talking to your coworkers probably isn’t something you enjoy. However, even the most extroverted people need to vent their emotions and express what they feel. Talking is a good way for us to get things off our chests and not just keep them bottled up within ourselves. So don’t worry about it as much as you do; talk with your coworkers! Talk about work-related topics, non-work-related topics, personal life, or family – whatever floats your boat! Just make sure that when talking with them you can let loose without feeling nervous or uncomfortable like when talking with strangers.

You should also remember that there are other ways of communicating than just verbal communication (talking). Try using non-verbal cues such as eye contact or body language when communicating with someone else - this will help build rapport between both parties involved in conversation which results in a better understanding of each other's needs/desires/goals etcetera​

Take Breaks at Work

  • Don't take a break when you are feeling tired

  • Don't take a break when you are feeling frustrated

  • Don't take a break when you are feeling angry

  • Don't take a break when you are feeling sad

  • Don't take a break when you are feeling happy

Look for a New Job (If You Must)

If you’re miserable in your current position, it’s time to look for a new job. But how can you make this decision without jeopardizing your career? Here are some tips:

  • Don't use work time to look for a new job. If someone notices that you're spending more time than usual on the computer or phone, they'll know something's up (and probably assume the worst). If possible, don't bring any of your “job search” activities into the office at all—don't even tell anyone that you're looking for other positions! It's easy enough to write an email or send out a few applications during lunchtime or after hours.

  • Don't get caught up in office gossip. Before applying anywhere else, make sure that they don't already have openings available within their organization; if they do, then wait until after those positions have been filled before starting another round of applications—otherwise, they might see through your ruse quickly! And certainly don't participate in any office gossip; if others find out about what people think about them at work (or vice versa), which is inevitable during any job search period due to its nature as both stressful and personal experience-based situation(s), then everyone might end up getting fired because nobody will trust anyone anymore...not even close friends/family members who used be good friends before everything changed when somebody got married five years ago so now every day feels like Christmas morning here at home because things just aren't quite right anymore since we've moved out onto our own property where there isn't anybody who cares about us except maybe 1-2 neighbors who live down mountain road from ours."

Keep Trying to Make Things Work in the Interim

It's important to keep trying in the interim. If you can't change your situation, then at least try to change your attitude toward it. Don't let a bad job get you down—you'll be better off if you continue to look for ways that things can work out for the best (and don't forget about our post on how to do that).

In addition, take steps outside of work that will help improve your mood and overall well-being. Try taking time out with friends or family members; doing fun activities like going on an adventure hike or playing sports together; doing something relaxing like going to the spa, or even just hanging out with someone new who could be a potential friend/romantic partner in your life! Just make sure these activities aren't too distracting from work—you want them to be relaxing!

Instead of dwelling on how much you hate your job, try some of these things to make your workday more productive and manageable.

  • Don't stress about it all the time.

  • Try to improve the situation.

  • Procrastinate less.

  • Break into a sweat at work instead of burning out altogether.

  • Ignore your phone during meetings, lunches, and other office gatherings—you'll be surprised how much more productive you are when you remove distractions! If someone calls or texts while you're working, let them know that you'll be back in touch as soon as possible and then get right back to what you were doing before they interrupted.


Life is too short to be miserable at your job! We hope these tips will help you get through the worst of it and remind yourself that there are ways to make even a bad job better. If they don’t work for you, then it’s probably time to find something new.

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