Not everyone can quit their job at this very moment and not everyone should. There are so many books and articles currently advocating leaving your job in 90 days and pursuing entrepreneurship. Then you will become happy. I think happiness begins with you, and if you always think that the grass is greener on the other side, it always will be. I advocate for first becoming happy where you are. I have had a lot of jobs in my life, some good and some bad, and I have learned that these simple tips lead to happiness and success in the workplace.
Don’t get involved in office politics. The surest way to a workplace of misery is to get involved in office politics. It’s gossiping and the only people that I know that gossip are the ones that are unhappy with themselves. They are trying to spread that unhappiness to others. Make friends but don’t have your workplace friends as your only friends. You need people that are not from your job to socialize with so you can get fresh perspectives and insights from people you trust.
Don’t complain. I guarantee that if you don’t complain for 90 days about how you hate your job or some co-worker, you will begin to become more self-aware and appreciate small things that you took for granted. Take some responsibility for your life and the choices you have made. Own the fact that you accepted this job and now do your best.
Wake up earlier than usual after getting a sufficient amount of sleep and do something enjoyable before you goto work. I am a Buddhist, and I chant (a form of active meditation) before I goto work. This allows me to have some personal time before I jump into the workday. You could exercise or start writing that novel!
Have a clear purpose every day. Be happy, find excitement and joy in your work. There is a reason you are at your job right now. If you accepted the job out of desperation for money, enjoy making that money. Don’t do anything in a half-hearted manner, this leads to negativity and defeat in your life. If you are going to go to your job today, then you might as well do your best. Doing your best, no matter the circumstances, leads to a positive mental mindset. Continuous efforts of doing your best will lead you in a positive direction of personal and professional growth.
Have an outlet outside of work. It’s important to have hobbies and interests that don’t directly relate to your job. Not only can it be rewarding and relaxing but it can also spark creative ideas for your job.
Try being the positive person at work for 90 days. Greet people with a smile and say “Hello” or “Good morning.” Being positive at your workplace will get you thinking about shedding your negativity. Also, we never know what someone else is going through, and the smile on your face and greeting could help brighten someone else’s day as well.
If you are serious about quitting your job, I would suggest an honest evaluation of why you want to quit. Are you not making enough money? Do you want a different career altogether? Are your skills and talents not being utilized? Are you bored? It’s easy to become jaded with age and start to lose hope in a happy, successful life with or without a job.
This may all sound like cheesy advice. It’s worked for me, and I know it has worked for others, too. The point is to give yourself a chance in a career or employment situation before jumping ship. Your hard work and efforts will pay off in the end, whether you decide to leave your current job or not.
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