10 ways to survive being in a job you hate


Phoenix. Source: slodive

There is much self-help advice on choosing a career you love, following your dreams and your passion, and following your bliss. The problem lies when you are on your way, but you’ve got to find a way of paying the bills somehow. You’re stuck in the interim. And your job sucks.

I feel your pain, my friend. And that is why I have written these ten simple tips for surviving a job you loathe while you’re on your way to greatness.

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Toenails. Source: Pinterest

  1. Paint your toenails

This is a tip I got off of a friend of mine – if you paint your toenails a bright colour, they can symbolise your individuality and remind you that you don’t truly belong there. You can walk around your office/work space, with only you knowing that underneath your shoes and socks, you secretly know you don’t belong here, that you were meant for better things.

So when things get you down, think of your toes.

  1. Breathe

Whenever you find yourself stressing out, find a way of getting out of there, and take a few moment to come back to yourself, connect with yourself and those feelings, and just breath in and out, ten times.

  1. Focus on the future

When you are thinking about how many years you have worked in this godforsaken hell hole, the future, when you think about it, doesn’t look that bright now, either. But when you think about how you believe you’re going to rock it in the future and how this will just be a funny story, life doesn’t seem as awful as it did a second ago.

(1min 30seconds in) Source: BBC

  1. Call your boss ‘darling’

I discovered this one the other day. -When I saw my boss with a loving energy, like I was doing them a favour when working, I enjoyed the moment of saying ‘yes’ to a request. It was also slightly comical to me, and reminded me of Steven Fry.

Any other silly things you can bring to the table at work that will break the monotony will be good for you in the short-term.

  1. Be optimistic

You have to have the belief that something better can come after this, no matter what is going on in your life right now. Just because you have always known a certain job, or are stuck here for the time being, that doesn’t mean that you will be forever. Even though it may feel like it.

Just like when you’re in a scary nightmare, it can feel all encompassing. But don’t worry, one day you will wake up.

  1. Trust yourself

It can be easy to beat yourself up for having this awful job. Or to get angry with how your colleagues or customers are treating you when you’re in a job you hate. That’s completely understandable. But any shame or anger can be averted and turned into something positive.

The next time you feel down on yourself especially, remind yourself during those times, that you trust that you will work out a way to make life better. Focusing on how great you are, despite the sucky job, and how you are progressing towards something better, might just keep you sane out there.

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Making clay. Source: artful parent

  1. See what you can transform your work into

If you can see other possibilities inside of your work place that might be better than your current job, give extra value in your current job. This could mean going out of your way in the present, or asking for what you want directly.

  1. Do a hella things outside of work

Do things you love outside of work. Make the most of this precious time in which you have to do what you love and what brings you to life. If you are working on monetising your passion, try to find some extra time from somewhere or other, so that you can invest in it.

If you can, drop a shift and sacrifice the money. Or decide to dedicate one hour an evening to doing it, instead of watching tv. Seeing yourself developing and growing, despite being in a job you hate will give you more of an inner life. And that inner life, will lead to you having more energy and more passion. Plus, the more time you invest on your great escape, the more you are likely to care about it, and believe in it.

  1. Set a date

Set a realistic date for yourself, so that you can get the hell outta there. If you choose an unrealistic date, good for you! But I would advise a date that you truly believe you can be doing something else that will bring you a source of income, and you can truly believe in it as being the date you will leave.


Mark the date on your calendar. Plan a party for it. Imagine how good it will feel when you’re doing what you really want to do in life. When you are free from your corporate shackles.


Making the great escape

Get some steps together and work out how you’re going to make your great escape, get support from at least one person who actually believes in you (you will need them when you fall off the wagon), and when the steps don’t work, try something else. Make it a must in your life to leave. Let that fire light in your belly. And keep going until you have your dreams at your feet.

Listen to your favourite happy music in the morning (bonus point!)

Singing in the morning makes us happier. So does having sex. If you can, try to employ these tactics on a regular basis. 😉 (Not necessarily at the same time!)

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What do you think? Is there anything YOU do to make your job more fun and less like hell? Or, had a terrible job that now you’ve left? What was your worst ever job?! I want to know – in the comments below.


9 thoughts on “10 ways to survive being in a job you hate

      1. Fortunately, life seems to see when we are stuck in a loop, and helps us out of it eventually. I am also, very glad, and am sure that everyone will get out of the jobs they hate eventually. That’s the great thing about life- you can always be sure of change!

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  1. Awesome post! Sharing it with a loved one who could use the motivation today. I’ve belonged to jobs I was not so excited to be at, but just like you said, there’s a positive lurking around every corner- Even under your shoes if you paint your toenails! So cute! 🙂

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