As I get older, I realize the importance of working at jobs I at least like, and enjoy. I’ve learned that being negative at work will drain my energy. I’ve noticed that working jobs where I feel overworked and underpaid, or where I just didn’t like the people prevented me from getting mental clarity. At times I would come home after washing dishes or busing tables completely tired and not want to work. After those days, I couldn’t focus on even the smallest blogs or read anything. If anything involved me getting my mind right to focus, I would be distracted and look for a Facebook game that required less thinking.
Apparently, I’m not alone in this. According to NY Magazine: “In two surveys of full-time employees, a team led by Russell Johnson of Michigan State University found that employees who admit they spend more time criticizing and complaining about practices at work are more likely to end up feeling unfocused and unable to concentrate than their colleagues who instead suggested ways to improve things.”
The team also finds that when we work at place we don’t like or deal with co-workers we hate we use so much mental energy that when we get home, it’s depleted. The same goes with trying to maintain whatever willpower you have to maintain your composure.
So what is the solution to this? Quitting your job and finding a job you like should be the ultimate goal. However, when I can’t quit my job, I find doing community service helps a lot. It surrounds me with people who are appreciative of my efforts, which instantly raises my spirits, thus giving me more mental clarity. Also, when I get off work, I would go to the bar and watch a game, or hang out with friends as much as possible. What this does for me is it gives me someone or something to look forward to so I don’t have to think about the negative all the time at work, even when I’m at work.