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How Not to Hate Your Job

Most people have to work to support themselves and their family. It’s easy to understand why many people get stuck in a job they don’t love but need in order to afford their lifestyle. They go in, do their work and then go home to an outside life. Is it possible to be the owner or CEO and still hate your job? If you suspect that’s you, think through how excited you are to get in to the office or to your desk at home in the morning. If you’re burning the candle at both ends and still feel behind, chances are you aren’t very satisfied. You might hate your job at this stage very much. For an owner, this is a real problem.

What is it that you don’t like?

If you are like other unhappy owners, you put in too many hours vs the progress made by your effort. You also like to spend time with your family and friends, but business commitments take up all your time. Entrepreneurs have to expect to miss out on personal time, anyway, right? Yes and no. There are certainly reasonable sacrifices a new owner might make but being completely unhappy is not a good place to dwell. Until you decide where the longevity of your company is going, here are some ways to not hate your job:

  • Work Culture – If you have other employees in your office, you can try to build a culture of helping or encouraging each other. You own the company, so you have unique power to make changes and find and them implement ways to get people to talk to each other in supportive ways.
  • Delegate and ask for help – Regardless of number of employees, it’s very common for owners to do too much on their own. Burning out can kill your previous excitement and waste your energy. You’ve got to start taking time off and delegating to others. If you have few or no staff, think about hiring a virtual assistant to do your bookkeeping or social media, or even some marketing tasks.
  • Schedule time off – maybe you need a long vacation. If you can’t afford to go far, plan a few weekends away or stay near home, but make sure to unplug. Plan daily walks and exercise where you can either not think about your company or allow that refreshment to reboot your mind to new ideas. Need tips for how to relax for short of long periods? Read this.
  • Remember why you started out – Create a photo album or PowerPoint presentation for your humble beginnings when you started out. Share that with your family or your employees. As them what makes them excited about the company or what they would like to se next. Involve others in your dream and allow them to embrace and work toward it. They might help you recapture your first inspiration.
  • Don’t micromanage but do ask for help – Hire people who don’t need a huge chunk of your time and attention. Be sure to communicate with them, but make sure they can work on their own or supervise others. Your VA and a few close employees can do a lot to pick up slack so you can focus on the parts of your job unique to you. They’ll be happy to earn your trust and you’ll be happy doing the business s you are good at.

photo credit: mehmetdeveci

Posted on September 18th, 2019 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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