How To Figure Out If You Actually Hate Your Job Or If You’re Just Being A ComplainerPosted: January 15, 2013
I hate my job.
No. I really do.
But I can’t say that I’m surprised that I hate my job because I hate it every January. Like clockwork. December is a slow month at my office which leaves me with a lot of time to sit at my desk and focus on my work, which always reminds me how unfulfilling my work is. So by the time January rolls around I’ve decided that I want to quit my job.
But then things get busy again which makes it easy for me to distract myself from the fact that my work is unfulfilling, and in a pinch I can always keep myself entertained by internet stalking whoever I happen to be obsessed with at the moment.
So I keep forgetting to quit my job.
The outcome of all this is that I find myself sitting at the bar in the ski lodge with my boyfriend trying to figure out how long it would take to save up enough money to quit our jobs so we can ski every day. Then we remember that we can’t quit our jobs because we still have student loans. Since we’re not quitting our jobs, we see no reason not to order another round of $8.00 beers.
So on Monday morning I psyched myself up and started looking for new jobs. But, I’m not very good at looking for jobs. Actually, I’m horrible at it. It’s probably because I can’t understand the job descriptions. Maybe I could understand them if they were written in actual English rather than whatever language you call a string of buzzwords with a period at the end, but they’re not. I figure that if I have to Google most of the words in the job description then I’m not qualified for the job, so I give up and go back to reading the Harvard Business Review because I think it will make me a very marketable employee. Which will help me get a new job. Which will clearly not be happening today.
My friend told me that he’s not going to read my blog any more because all I do is complain and that’s probably true because I’ve had a rough month. So I better figure out a way to turn this post around. Fast.
Ok, so here’s the thing….
I consider myself to be a pretty capable human. When I want something I almost always get it because if I want it badly enough I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get it. And there have been plenty of things that I thought I wanted and didn’t end up getting, because in the end I wasn’t willing to put in the effort. Getting myself a new job is going to require me to read job descriptions, and the fact that I’m not willing to do this means that I must not want a new job that badly.
It’s easy to buy into this notion that we should all be “doing what we love”, but the reality of the situation is that this isn’t something we deserve…
It’s something we have to earn.