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Too Comfortable In Your Job? Here’s the Fast Five Fix!

September 21, 2012

We get too comfortable in our jobs. I’ve been guilty of it, and I’m sure if the title of this post caught your attention you’re guilty of it aren’t you?

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You’re not quite sure what you want to be “when you grow up” so you’re doing time at the call center, or working at the coffee shop down the road.  You’re making enough to pay for your apartment, groceries,bills, and even go out once or twice a week. So what’s wrong with that right?

It’s so easy to forget about you, to forget about the dreams you held as a kid. A broken arm, skip and a jump later here you sit… wondering what happened from them until now.

For most of us, the familiarity of our primary school days seems to have followed us into our working twenties days. Except, now we’re a little taller, and hairier (sorry about that !).

 

Here’s 5 quick ways you can change it up:

1. Look for a second job

I truly believe our perception of life is jaded when we’re constantly in the same environment. You begin to feel like this is all there is, an office, a cubicle, a cash register. Switch it up!
Work at the one job for 20 hours, and the other 20 hours.

2. Actually talk to your co-workers

Too often we stay away from our co-workers, and stick to socializing with friends from school whom we’ve known for years.

We’ve all heard the expression “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

WHO CARES if they’re the weird one at work that everyone avoids. Drop your high school mentality and say a big f-you to the “cool kids” at work. Chances are, 2 years from now you won’t even remember their names and one of those weird ones may just end up being your maid of honour.

Make the effort to say “Hi! My name is …”

3. Get a hobby, and work at it!

You’re easels are shoved in the corner until you dust them off and remember you liked to paint now and then, right? WRONG.With our lives so dependant on the 9 to 5 , when you finally step foot into your apartment, you just want to fall flat on your face and take a nap. Waking 3 hours later, you remember you have to eat and then Prime Time TV begins – which you CANNOT miss! Glee anyone? Grey’s Anatomy anyone? Criminal Minds anyone? Honey Boo Boo anyone? … FORGET the last one. And I totally don’t watch Honey Boo Boo. Nope, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

 

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You need to make time for your hobbies. Remember why you loved it in the first place. It made you happy, at peace or just plain jazzed up on life! Just like you schedule everything else in your life, schedule your hobbies.

4. Freshen Up

Spend some time outside today, leave your smartphone inside your apartment. Appreciate the smells and sounds surrounding you. Soak up the FRESH air !

Going for a walk everyday is not just beneficial to your physical health but it strengthens your mental health in plenty. Explore your neighbourhood, and I don’t mean go searching for the closest bars. Although that CAN be fun too.

5. Freelance, Freelance, Freelance

With all the social networking sites and advertising sites out there like Kijiji.ca or Craigslist – advertising your services haven’t ever been easier.

Know your way around a car engine? Offer mechanical advice.
Studied Esthetics? Offer mobile pedi’s and mani’s.

Or do you just LOVE reading and have an excellent grasp of the English language? Offer editing services for high school teenagers. (Their parent’s may thank you too!)

 

What I am trying to say is, it’s okay to be comfortable in your job. It’s okay to know exactly how much you’re getting on your pay check next week…taxes deducted. It’s okay. Just remember to borrow a little bit of that gusto you had as a kid.

And since Autumn is here, next time you grab your $5(guilt free) latte from Starbucks – be brave and Pumpkin Spice it up!

Are you too comfortable at work? Pick even just one of the above and let me know which you are going to commit to in the comment section below. Also, leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions!

 

 

Stay True To You,
xo
L.J


Oh hey, since my first blog entry I’ve discovered hyperlinks…so if you want to get in contact with me, check out my About Me + Contact page!

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