How to stay in your current job and enjoy it

Woman working on laptop and smilingIn a tough economy, lots of you are choosing to stay in jobs you’d really rather be leaving.

Maybe it’s a safer bet right now. Maybe there are no other jobs out there? Maybe you’re planning to escape the corporate life altogether but it’s taking longer than you imagined to build your side-income to a break-even point.

Whatever, how can you turn an otherwise soul-sucking experience into something you can gain from?

Make a positive choice to stay

It may seem like you have no choice at the moment, but really you do.

Instead of being an unwitting victim to circumstances, make the decision to commit to your current job.

Focussing on what you don’t want, just takes you down into a spiral of depression and negativity. Instead, switch your focus and list off all the positive reasons you’re staying in your current role.

Money is likely to be one; security another. Perhaps it buys you time to strengthen yourself, build skills and get clear.

If it really is the best option to stay right now, accept that with grace rather than gut-rotting contempt.

Set yourself goals on what you’d like to achieve by staying

Think about your hopes and dreams for your life beyond this role. What things would you like to add to your CV or to your skill set that would put you in a better state of readiness to achieve them?

How might you use your current role to achieve these?

Rather than do a Groundhog Day for the next however long, get resourceful and make a plan to develop yourself whilst still doing what you do.

So for instance, instead of looking at new assignments that come along as extra work, think about how they will stretch you in a way that might be to your advantage.

And if you can’t see opportunities around you, get your head off your desk and look beyond you.

Rather than feeling resentful about giving your current employer more of your precious time, you’ll feel energised because you’re doing something for yourself.

Stop hating the people you work with

Your boss may well be a complete tosser, but the more you allow him or her to wind you up, the more tired, exhausted and, frankly, hateful, you will become. Realise that ugly feelings only damage you and let them go. If you really want to challenge yourself, set yourself the goal of learning how to deal with people you find difficult.

It’ll be beneficial for you in your present job and set you up well for all kinds of work and life challenges in the future.

Maximise travel time

If part of the thing you’d really prefer to escape from is a lengthy commute, consider how you can maximise this time.

Could you listen to MP3 files on topics that help to take you forward? If you travel by train or underground, are there books or papers you could read to the same end?

Does work often take you away from home? Rather than feel you must switch off from thinking about or developing yourself for the future, take your pc, a book or some papers with you – whatever you need to ensure you don’t neglect that self-supporting part of you.

Find something soulful to do outside of work

It can be difficult to nurture your soul in a deathly job, so make sure you give it space beyond the cubicle.

Spend time with loved ones; if you don’t have a significant other, go dating; do a class on something you’ve always wanted like creative writing or jewellery making. Whatever brings your spirit alive.

Because, let’s face it, in a scenario where you may be challenged every day to keep your outlook positive, you need to make sure you’ve got good, positive energy to draw on.

These are all ideas that have worked for me and some of the people I coach.

But what works for you?

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  1. Hi Christine
    It’s funny, your articles always seem to be exactly what I need :-). Some great proactive tips here I will use.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Jen,

      Lovely to see you here again and thanks for dropping by. I’m glad the tips are useful. Let me know how they go if you put any into practice!

      Take care for now.


  2. Bob Bessette says:

    Hi Christine,
    How about trying to educate yourself in certain areas that may cause you stress or concern while you are in your current job? Maybe even an interpersonal relationships or psychology class could help you deal with your co-workers. Maybe you can attend a seminar in time management which could help you maximize your time at work. How about a speaking class to help you communicate? I think there are a lot of helpful training tools and classes you could look into which could eventually help you enjoy your current job.


    • Christine says:

      Brilliant comment, Bob. You’re absolutely right. There are so many fabulous workshops, seminars, and evening classes around now that people can take advantage of, and which can help them to know that they’re making progress, and to enjoy their current job better.

      Thanks again.


  3. Mandy Lehto says:

    Another great article – thanks Christine! This is also hugely useful for people who’ve left corporate jobs and created new working identities. Even if you are self-employed, there are challenging people you encounter in your network or supply chain; there are options for the way in which you look at daunting choices, even in a job you love. You give important reminders that we all have huge resources within – we just need to use them! Thank you!

    • Christine says:

      Thanks, Mandy. I hadn’t thought that the post might be useful to people who’ve left corporate life, so I’m glad you’ve found it so. You highlight something that’s very real – that even when we work for ourselves, the challenges don’t go away. Good luck in continuing to find the most resourceful way through yours!

      Best wishes



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