You aren’t happy with your job. You aren’t passionate about it and have to drag yourself out of bed daily to work from morning to evening doing that job, either because you need the money to put food on your table or you can’t handle going back into the job market to begin the job hunting process again.
Jumia Travel shares 4 ways to effectively deal with job dissatisfaction.
1. IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF YOUR DISSATISFACTION
Try to find out the exact thing about your job that causes the dissatisfaction. Is it the fact that you have to wake up early to go to work? Is the fact that you finish work late? Is it the amount of your salary? Is it the fact that you have no time for yourself? Is it all these things and more? Figure it out. When you identify the source of your job dissatisfaction, it makes it easier to deal with.
2. BUILD AN ESCAPE HATCH
If you currently have no choice but to remain in a job that leaves you dissatisfied, don’t just give up and let yourself wallow in misery. Work to build an escape hatch for yourself. It could be taking part-time classes to get another degree or a master’s degree. It could also be starting trainings, attending workshops or writing exams that qualify you for certificates or degrees that can make you eligible for other opportunities in line with what you desire to do. The crux is to do what you can to ensure that staying in that job is not your only option.
3. POLISH YOUR RESUME
If you can’t take it anymore and staying in the job is depressing you, start investigating opportunities that you can explore, polish your resume, gather the courage and quit the job. The job market might be an uncertain place but you are not going to find a better job if you don’t look for one.
But please don’t rush into this. Think long and hard if this is what you want to do. Have a plan and a back up to support you in case things don’t initially go your way. Use your connections and don’t give up until you succeed.
4. BE RESILIENT
For those who can’t just up and leave their jobs due to certain responsibilities; for those who, more or less, don’t have a choice but to continue in their jobs, you have to be resilient. Be determined to find a way to make it work. Once you have identified the source of your job dissatisfaction, take steps to either solve the issue(s) completely or alleviate it.
Consider who can help you in solving these issues and approach them. If in the end you can’t solve it, accept it (as hard as it might be). But be strong, you have to be strong, decide to change your mindset about the job and find a way to make it work for you. You will be surprised that in the end, you will actually find a way to successfully endure the job until there is a silver lining.
5 Small Items In Your Bag That May Likely Save Your Day
Most people will have mobile phones, identity cards, debit card and makeup box in their bags. These are important items that you use daily. However, there are some small items that you should have in your bag if you don’t want to have a very frustrating and exasperating day.
Jumia Travel, round up the 5 small items you should have in your bag that is likely to save your day.
1. Ball point pen
A pen will always come handy any day, anytime. Despite the fact that a pen is inexpensive, you still find persons at the bank requesting pens to fill forms and other paperwork. It is better to always have a pen with you anywhere you go.
2. Spare car keys
It is may not be really compulsory for you to take your car key along. But, what will you do when you misplace your spare car key? This can disrupt your day. This will not happen if you have a spare car key in your bag.
3. A pack of tissue
You cannot underrate the magic or power of a tissue paper. You may want to use the loo but there is no tissue paper or water in the toilet. You cannot use your hand. Simply reach for your bag to get your tissue.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from the blazing sun. You can use it when the sun is out. Even if it is not glaringly hot, you should still have it. After all, sunglasses can also pass for fashion.
5. Extra cash
Not having extra cash in your bag can be very risky. This money will rescue you especially a bank’s network is bad that you may be debited even though the ATM didn’t dispense cash. Another situation is when you want to pay for your hotel in Kaduna and your ATM refuse to work. So, don’t forget to carry extra cash.
4 WAYS TO DEAL WITH FAILURE
Failure of any kind is tough. Most people talk about how failure is part of success and how you should continue with your efforts until you succeed, but most don’t talk about how to deal with failure when it happens.
Jumia Travel shares 4 ways to help you deal with failure and find the courage to go on.
1. IT ACTUALLY REQUIRES EFFORT
That sinking feeling that comes with failure, the consequence, the pain and regret… none of them will go away unless you make a conscious effort to make them go away. Make peace with the fact that you are going to have to fight to be back on your ‘A’ game, if not failure will permanently brand you with its scar – the scar of self-doubt.
Self-doubt is a lack of confidence or reliability on one’s own thoughts, abilities, motives, actions, personality etc. No one should have to live with such a scar; no one should give in to such a life. Self-doubt can easily become the cause of every missed step in life. It steals dreams, denies hope and assassinates faith, as someone once said. Be prepared to fight to rise up from where failure threw you down and move forward.
2. DON’T PERSONALIZE IT
You failed at something; it’s not your failure, it’s a failure. Learn to detach the fact that you failed from your person, from who you are. The fact is, failure is a part of life; nobody gets it right all the time. In life you are going to fight many battles, willingly and unwillingly, and you have to choose your battles and decide not to let the belief that you are a failure because of certain times you failed, be one of your battles. Understand that failure is a message to either ‘try again’, ‘try some other way’ or ‘try something else’ and move on.
3. FIND THE HOLE THAT CAUSED YOUR FALL (LEARN YOUR LESSONS)
We fail because there is something that should either have been done better or should not have been done at all. In other words, there is a sort of hole that needs to be filled.
Look back, no matter how difficult it might be, revisit whatever you need to revisit, and try to find the hole that caused your fall. There is always a reason for failure; you only need to patiently find it. But make sure you don’t do this immediately, because thinking and rethinking about the fact that you failed, replaying the events in your mind so soon especially when you are still raw from the hurt, can be counter-productive. It might end up leading you to depression and in more extreme cases, self-hatred and suicidal thoughts.
So, wait before you reach this stage, make sure you are relatively detached from the event to see it in a fairly objective way so that you can get the truth. If third parties you can get feedback from where involved, please venture to ask them questions on the reason(s) for the failure. Ask questions (Why did I fail? Could I have avoided it? What could I have done differently? What did I learn from all that happened?), get the facts, understand why you failed and learn.
4. MOVE ON
You have failed. Accept, learn from it and move on. Give yourself time to make peace with the fact, give yourself time to analyze all that happened as objectively as you can and move on to the next thing or step. Don’t dwell on it.
I once read the story of a coach that gave his players 24 hours and not an hour more, to feel the pain of every loss they had and joy of every win as deeply as they could. After the traditional 24 hours were up, the coach and his players continued the next day like nothing significant happened. They had moved on to the next challenge and could not afford to waste any energy on what was no longer relevant.
Remember, failure is a message to either ‘try again’, ‘try some other way’ or ‘try something else’. Discern its exact message to you and move on.
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