How to get through a rough day at work

It’s the same excrement, different 24-hour cycle. You get up way earlier than you would like to, get in your car to get through an hour long commute and arrive at your work grumpy before you’ve even started. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who enjoy what they do, but there are also a lot of people who don’t like their job but won’t complain about it. But just because they don’t complain, doesn’t mean they don’t have their own problems getting through a rough day at work.

I get it. You might be just like me. Someone who doesn’t like what they do. I start way to early in the morning, the job I have either involves work that takes forever yet no effort in any way or is really stressful. My boss has a lot of capabilities but takes the cake when it comes to screaming and complaining about everything I do. My co-workers are even worse. You get the picture. But I know that complaining doesn’t really solve anything, so I decided to sit down and come up with a few tips of my own on how to get through a boring day at work.

Set a goal for yourself
I find that setting a goal for yourself helps your mind getting off the clock. The goals don’t have to be big accomplishments either. If you are in a job that requires you to produce something, try to get as many of those products done in an hour. If you fail, set another goal. Once you get the hang of it, you can try to beat the record you set. The big pros about this is the fact that you’ll stay busy, have less time to watch the time tick by ever so slowly and your boss will appreciate the effort.

Just get it over with
This is a tough one. Personally, I only manage to ‘get it over with’ if my day starts out at least okay. What I mean by ‘getting it over with’ is simple in itself. Just try to focus on your work and think to yourself: “If I get this over with, I’ll be home before you know it”. The key is to get your mind of the clock at all times.

Look at the bright side
Every job has its downsides. But every job also has its advantages. Try to think about the good things your job offers. You might have plenty of free time, a good salary, nice co-workers or a nice office space. It could be anything. You’ll notice that a change of mind goes a long way. If you can focus on the positives of your work, you’ll be happier and things will be brighter. Time will pass faster and before you know it, you’ll be back home doing the things you love.

Get rid of the clock
Literally. If there is a clock nearby, get rid of it. If you share your workspace with other people, try to come up with a solution. At least try to get the clock out of your direct sight. Try to move your desk, put up things that obstruct your view, or be really sneaky about it and just take the batteries out. If you’re not looking at the clock, time will pass faster.

Change your work-environment
If you have the option to work from home, take it! Talk to your boss to see if you can maybe work from another location, or see if any of your co-workers is willing to switch places with you. Try to move your desk so that you’ll have a nice windowview. A change of scenery is a change of pace in some sense. Things will be different in your mind if there is something ‘new’ about your workplace. You could even just try to set up your desk differently. Get some decorations and go wild. It might give you a whole new perspective on your day and your job.

Take a break
Take a day off! You have the right to take days off of work, so take advantage of that! Eventhough you’ll have to return eventually, you’ll find that even just one day extra that you don’t spend thinking about going to work can do a lot for you mindset.

These tips will not solve your problem, but hopefully they will help you get through the day a bit easier.
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