Time is a precious thing. There are only so many minutes and hours in the day, and yet sometimes, colleagues will come to you with dumb questions or forward you silly emails that throw you off your game and prevent you from finishing your projects. In the modern workplace, distractions are everywhere, and they can be tough to avoid.
According to PayScale writer Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh, there’s no such thing as a perfect job. There’s always something you’ll want to change, she says, and that’s OK — so long as you don’t feel “threatened, suffocated, or compromised on your principles, work ethic, or professional and personal well-being.”
In the professional world, there are few things worse than feeling trapped. If you’ve got a job where the bosses are mean, the culture is toxic, and there’s no room for an advancement, you know the feeling. Each day is an ordeal, and hopelessness starts to creep in.
High on the list of words you’re not supposed to use at work is “why?” After all, constantly questioning your bosses will make you seem like a combative employee who’s unwilling to play by the rules, and in most situations, it’s best to keep your head down and do you work.
Are you coming in early, staying late, logging weekend hours, and still not making progress on that work project that’s got you so stressed? Congratulations, you’re overworked. While you’re first instinct might be to complain, it’s worth asking yourself what’s worse: being swamped or getting fired?
On paper, you’re doing everything you’re supposed to do. You’ve been networking, updating your resume, writing strong cover letter, and applying for lots of jobs. So why haven’t you received any offers?
What if work weren’t just a means to an end? What if you could arrive on Monday morning knowing that whatever tasks you’re about to tackle will scratch some itch deep inside your soul and keep you engaged all the way through Friday afternoon?
Starting a new job is always tough. On top of all the tasks and procedures you have to learn, there’s the stress of not knowing anyone and wondering how (or even if) you’re going to fit in. It’s like being the new kid at school all over again.
No matter where you work, it’s likely two things are true: (1) there are meetings, and (2) these meetings have a tendency to drag. On and on. To the point you have to poke yourself with a paperclip to stay awake and keep from getting in trouble.
It’s great to care about your job, and now that we have the Internet and smartphones and constant connectivity, it’s possible for hard-working people to work pretty much whenever they want. So what’s the problem?