When your boss asks who'd like to take on that desperately boring project that you just know will be a train wreck before it's even started, you put your hand up, right? But you started doing it in small ways a long time ago: papering over the cracks. And as the cracks have slowly grown, so has the amount of time you're pasting a smile over the top of disinterest and frustration.
It's been an insidious creep of inauthenticity, and it's eating you from the inside out. This inauthenticity is at the core of most people's frustration with their work. It's what turns "I don't love my job" into "I cannot stand this life any longer". Maybe you can't be entirely open about how you're feeling, all the time, but you can probably share the load with someone at work: an understanding colleague or a supportive boss.
Who could you share how you're feeling with? What would allow you to be authentic, find some relief and start creating solutions, even in a small way? That was just a part of day-to-day life. He was about the same age as me, but further ahead on the career ladder in the company. I decided to trust him and I confided in him about how I felt.
And he said he was thinking about the same thing; he completely understood how I felt. One of the most important principles we teach at Careershifters is that new ideas and opportunities come from new experiences. And when you're working full time, getting time and headspace to have those new experiences is a real stretch. So, although it might feel like a pipe dream, asking to reduce your hours can be an incredibly effective way of accessing more time and energy without compromising your security.
This isn't an option for everyone, but it's well worth considering. Many people are gloriously surprised by the freedom and support they can get if they just gather the courage to ask. But maybe you have more options than you think, especially if you start with a small reduction in hours. My story when I met people then became: 'I work a few days a week at a corporate job, however, what I'm trying to do is this other, more interesting thing'.
It's increased my physical and psychological energy, for sure. I have more space to pursue other things, and a feeling of already having one foot out of the door. For example, I started to learn Spanish, and in the course there happened to be a bunch of women who were all entrepreneurs. You've been working on this spreadsheet or sitting in this meeting, or trying to make a sale to a nightmare prospect for ever, and you just can't bring yourself to care any more.
The day-to-day reality of most jobs isn't deeply inspiring and exciting. There will always be tasks and things to do that feel like hard work. And connecting your immediate task with that bigger 'something' can bring a little extra motivation and enjoyment to what you do. Maybe sitting on the phone with a disgruntled client isn't your favourite thing to do. But once you remember that you have the power to turn someone's bad day into something to smile about, it's a lot easier to throw yourself into the conversation.
Or perhaps crunching the numbers for the last big project you worked on feels like a nightmare task. But when you think of the impact that the information could make on the number of people you could help next time around, it won't feel so worthless. Develop your own way to remind yourself of your bigger 'why'. Making and selling tyres isn't a very inspiring or meaningful cause, and I talk a lot about how I want to find a career where my day-to-day job has a real impact on people. When things feel like they couldn't get any less inspiring, it's a great reminder that even the boring, tough stuff can be worthwhile.
If you're feeling as though your skills are underused and undervalued, or as though your life has become a Groundhog-Day-esque circus of sameness, it's time to turn up the volume. Pick something specific that you're interested in, and take it on as a challenge. Maybe the one part of your job you enjoy is designing and making pitches to potential clients.
Focus on it. Read everything you can find about public speaking and presentation skills. Take a free online course in your spare time. Do whatever you need to do to get really, really good at the part of your job you enjoy the most, and bring it into your day as much as you can. No clear need for a presentation at this team meeting? Ask your boss if you can do one anyway. Find clients and potential partners you wouldn't normally pitch to, and pitch to them. It feels amazing to grow and develop and be really, really excellent at something, and people will notice.
The better you get, the more likely you are to be asked to do more of it. And the more you do, the better you get. Plus, when you're finally ready to make your shift into a new career, you'll have an extra string to your bow to impress potential new employers, business partners or clients. So I started squashing in the parts I don't particularly enjoy course marketing, admin, finance stuff , and realised that they didn't take me that much time if I worked really quickly.
I've also been more proactive on the events side by proposing new events to run with a colleague that I'd previously worked with. Figure out what makes a difference to you, and turn it into a secret project to get more of it into every day. Love making people happy? Set yourself a challenge to do three random acts of kindness every day.
Find five minutes to help your colleague with her project when she looks like she's stressed out, and make sure you leave her laughing. Secretly put a bunch of flowers in the middle of the table in the meeting room. Have an impromptu dance party in the kitchen.
Feel like you're trapped behind your computer all the time, and missing human connection? Turn conversations into a game: how many new people can you meet at work today? Do you know the caretaker by name?
What does that woman on the other side of the office actually do? Just because you're not able to leave your job now doesn't mean you can't start working on your shift right away. Whether it's something like our Career Change Launch Pad , starting your business, or simply learning a new skill, nothing feels quite as good as making progress on your shift.
Because half the despair of feeling stuck in a job you don't enjoy comes from feeling like there's no way out. You wouldn't know where to go, even if you did quit today. Or you have an idea of what you'd like to do, but you don't have the experience you need to be taken seriously.
By building up experience, clarity, and an escape plan, you're de-risking your situation. You're not going to make the mistake of a reactive shift. You're not going to find yourself stuck in the same place a year from now. Even if it's just an hour a week, choose something to go to work on and turn it into your secret project. It wasn't my dream job, but I knew it was a useful skill, and something that could potentially give me a lot of freedom to travel and work on my own terms while I figured out my 'real' next steps.
I signed up to two courses: one online and one in-person at a local adult learning centre. In quiet moments at work or in boring meetings, instead of thinking about how terrible my job was, I was planning my next website or solving a programming problem in my head. It sounds like New Age, unrealistic hype, but it's worth paying attention to if you can't seem to escape the feeling that everything is doomed and there's no way out.
Here's the thing: the more convinced you are of the idea that your situation is awful, the more you'll find evidence to back it up. He's making another cup of coffee. Clearly everyone here is as disillusioned as me, and he can't be pulling his weight because he's always by the kettle. They're making me do all the name tags for the event. Menial work. They have no appreciation for my skills.
And this is what the inside of your head starts to sound like, all the time: self-righteous and hard done by, not because that's the kind of person you are, but because of where your gaze is fixed. It's even worse if you allow that stuff to come out of your mouth. Maybe that colleague of yours is avoiding work by making 14 cups of coffee a day.
They're procrastinating and hiding out, AND they could be exactly the person you can share how you're feeling with, becasue you know they'll understand. Maybe you do have to print and cut up three hundred name tags this afternoon, AND you get to do it with a colleague you don't know that well. It's a boring task that doesn't use your best skills, AND it's a great chance to get to know someone new and give your giant brain a break.
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Please help me with the song lyrics"you were with me when I was down when I had nobody to lean on you brought me shoes when you had none hoping I could walk through the goals I set. Definition of love is you and me now we're telling the world". I'm searching for a song and artist for a long time.
I've been trying to look for a song I found on a tiktok only lyrics I could make out was "king of the hill feelin i aint" please tell me sombody knows it. You brought me down on the floor so what do you bring me down here for if I was a man I make the move if I was a judge I break the rules I say oh la la la la la la.
I am looking for the name of a song and artist who sang it. It is earlier than the 60's and some of the words are: Take me as I am not for what you want me to be. Maybe I am not in with the crowd not their style but I am Me. I'm trying to find a song "I once met a man in a dream one night who seemed like he had nothing to lose".
This song is stuck in my head and am not able to find a single clue. Been searching over a year, years? A song that goes "We got a lot of time on our hands yeah yeah, you don't have to rush a thing, don't you know? Easy let it come let the sister sun hit ya easy let it come don't worry about tomorrow.
Anyone got any ideas? I am looking for a song in which music video i believe t-pain and pitbull but i could be wrong because i found nothing are inside a video game of two young women. I forgot the lyrics and name of the song but it was one of my favourites please help haha.
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It was played on acoustic guitar with Dm to D7 chords I think and his voice was a little bit similar to the vocalist of passenger. Please help me. Hi guys and girls, I'm searching for somekind of rockish song. The only verses I kinda heard were: I don't mind, if you never gonna call back I don't mind, if you never gonna come back I don't mind, if you never gonna call back I don't mind, if you breakfast idk what came before breakfast, I hope these were enough clues.
Also, i couldn't really hear if they said "gonna" or "wanna", but I guess it was the first. I am looking for this song that use to be in my YouTube playlist until YouTube deleted it. Its sung by a man, kind of angelic and slow. I know you feel it too. Does anyone know this song. I'll be praying that one day you will find your man who treat you the way that Find song by lyrics I'm looking for a song that goes like this lyrics.
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