How your unfulfilling job is actually helping you

Here are some encouraging reasons why your everyday mundanity could be one of the best things that ever happened to you.

Photos: ING Image
Photos: ING Image
18 Nov 2015

Photos: ING Image

You’re not alone in feeling like you’re stuck in a dead-end job with endless to-do lists, meaningless projects and unproductive meetings. At one point or another, everyone has gone through it. But take a page from Avril Lavinge’s book and Keep Holding On, because here are some encouraging reasons why your everyday mundanity could be one of the best things that ever happened to you.

It motivates you to pursue your interests
It motivates you to pursue your interests
18 Nov 2015

It motivates you to pursue your interests

When your work is a drag, you’re naturally steered to use whatever free time you have left in the best way possible. That could explain the overwhelming urge to pick up a new language, sign up for belly dancing classes, or even spend the weekend perfecting your baking craft. Your banal day-to-day job is actually spurring you on to do other things that you’ve always wanted to try, but always “never had the time to”.

Unknowingly, you master the art of work-life balance
Unknowingly, you master the art of work-life balance
18 Nov 2015

Unknowingly, you master the art of work-life balance

Those stuck in a nine-to-five that they dislike are easily identified by the way they pack and skedaddle out once the clock strikes six. Nobody wants to spend more time than necessary doing something they don’t enjoy. If you fall in this category, be cheered by the fact that you have a well-balanced life as compared to the rest in the office, with more time for the things that truly matter to you.

It pays the bills...  and more
It pays the bills... and more
18 Nov 2015

It pays the bills... and more

One of the major reasons why you haven’t thrown in the towel is because there’s moolah to be made doing what you do, and in good quantity too. You’re already better off than many others if you’re earning enough to cover the basics while traveling the world, trying delicious food and still having leftover to pay for that designer arm candy you’ve had your heart set on.

You learn how to persevere
You learn how to persevere
18 Nov 2015

You learn how to persevere

In our quick-fix Gen Y era, perseverance is a lost art. Unlike our parents who gave their loyalty to the first company they joined and stayed for decades, many of us have a “me” mentality, always on the lookout for greener pastures and bidding adieu at the smallest sign of a struggle. No matter the reason why you’re still here, what matters is that you’ve stuck it through it and deserve a pat on the back for soldiering on.

Nothing brings people closer together than shared suffering
Nothing brings people closer together than shared suffering
18 Nov 2015

Nothing brings people closer together than shared suffering

It is true what they say, that the most solid friendships are forged in times of hardship. Having a colleague in a similar plight can lead to an outlet for sharing grievances, while forming a meaningful friendship at the same time that extends beyond the office. Even after you’ve moved on to somewhere new, you’ll always remember that one co-worker who was there for you in your most trying days.

Positivity becomes your middle name
Positivity becomes your middle name
18 Nov 2015

Positivity becomes your middle name

The best way to maintain sanity is to always have a positive outlook. Learn from our favourite lego-hero Emmett and declare that Everything is Awesome. Dumped with a massive project? A good reason to claim cab fare home tonight. Typing reports through lunch? No biggie – that’s one less meal worth of carbs that doesn’t need to be burnt off at the gym. You may not realise this, but you’re learning the most valuable life lesson of all: how to keep going even in the worst circumstances.

You figure out what you really want to do
You figure out what you really want to do
18 Nov 2015

You figure out what you really want to do

Maybe you came into this role because you thought you wanted it. After all, you studied this subject for years in school, and even have a Degree to show for it. Shouldn’t this be your calling? The lack of fulfilment you’re currently feeling can help you reflect on what you are really looking for and also to lead you onto a better suited career path. For instance, if you’ve discovered that you loathe dealing with clients face-to-face, you might want to consider something that’s more back-end in your next job opportunity.

It can only get better from here
It can only get better from here
18 Nov 2015

It can only get better from here

Naturally, it may be frustrating doing something you don’t enjoy, but take heart in the fact that it probably can’t get any worse than this. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. And after all, your unfulfilling job isn’t necessarily standing in between you and your passion – it’s really a stepping stone, paving the way for greater things ahead.

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