Quick, name three things you like about your job!
Mine would be: the work, the people and the opportunities to try new things.
If you can’t list three, list two, or at least just one. Sometimes all it takes to see that your 9 to 5 (or longer!) isn’t THAT bad, is a bit of perspective.
Maybe you like where you live or work, so you can add location to the list. Maybe your boss brings in bagels once in a while or you have a regular coffee date with your work bestie. Maybe there’s that one person who always compliments you or is just pleasant to be around.
Make additions often. Soon you’ll have five things you like about your job. Revisit the list when you’re having one of those days or when you need to be reminded why things are actually pretty good.
But, if you can’t list just one thing you like about your job, start actively looking for something else.
You work around the same people for eight hours a day. It is hard not to build relationships with them. I would even call some of them friendships. But very few would earn the title, “work bestie.”
I have been lucky that every place I’ve worked, be it a newsroom or a cubicle, I’ve found that one person I can call my work bestie. This is someone who I trust. Someone I can be myself around. These people have been my friends through the ups and downs and changes. They are there for me even when we’re no longer in the same workplace.
I’ve maintained relationships with some of them for several years. I can’t imagine my life without them.
At first it was daunting to find that person. Opening up to them was even harder. But it has been so worth it.
I don’t always tell my work bestie how much I appreciate everything they do for me, every day. So, THANK YOU!