For most of us, work is a necessary evil. Accepting a job usually requires the daily routine from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, week after week. This pattern can get monotonous, making us dread going into work. Sometimes we feel heavy, tired, and weak just thinking about work. Our mind is willing, but we just can’t motivate ourselves to do what needs to be done.
Is there even a way to overcome this dreadful feeling? I don’t have definitive, absolute answers, but I’ve come up with a few strategies that’ve helped me.
I know. I know. Sunday evenings can be hard, but don’t give into the “dread of going to work” syndrome. The more you think about it, the more you will feel it. Maybe you can come up with a few activities to keep you from dwelling on the feeling of dread. But if you find yourself in a panic, you might need to evaluate what the real issue is.
What’s the Issue?
Don’t complain if you don’t know what you’re complaining about. What is causing you to dread going into work? Is it annoying colleagues, your boss, the pay, or everyday tasks? You won’t be able to solve the problem if you don’t know what it is. Try making a list to see if you can tackle some of the issues. Maybe you’ll discover that you’d be happier at another job. But, be thorough when you are making your list; you don’t want to resign unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you feel like you are ready to leave your job, check out Catharine Symblème’s blog called the Do’s and Don’ts Before You Quit Your Job. Remember, you don’t need to be miserable at your job even if your job is miserable.
Some people are more contentious than others. Constantly being pulled into coworkers’ issues can suck the life out of you. This can affect your entire outlook on life. Try to focus on new and different opportunities at your job rather than shortcomings and faults—and avoid people that “drag you down.”
Learning from Work
Sometimes life’s lessons can be tough. We can’t always have things our way. Sometimes we’ll be required to do things that we won’t want to do. If you view your job as a learning experience, you will start to view your work in a new light. The thing you didn’t want to do won’t last forever, so why not learn from it.
No matter how much you make, you can always make more; no matter how much you like what you’re working on, you can always find a better project; and no matter how great your boss is, you can always find a better boss. But you’ll never get the perfect pay, the perfect boss, or the perfect situation! Don’t expect perfection if you want to get over the feeling of dread of going into work. Focus on what you do to make your job a better place. The more flexible, adaptable, and positive you are, the happier you will be.
In the end, if you can’t find a reason to go to work, money-wise or otherwise, you need to find something else to do. And when life gets the better of you, try to work out a plan to diffuse your dread. Even if your plan fails, you will feel better than you did before. And if you are a student that holds down a job, try a good cup of coffee (or tea) to help you get motivated.