Are you taking your job for granted?

A good wake-up call for anyone who works, including myself is to make sure you aren’t taking what you have for granted. Here are some behaviours Psychology Today outlined:

  1. Tardiness — “It really doesn’t matter to me who has to wait.”
  2. Not Responding to Emails — “I’m just not that into working here.”
  3. Outdated Voice Mail Greeting –– “I don’t care anymore.”
  4. Constant complaining — “I don’t need this job.”

I know it sounds trite and oft-repeated to the point of ad nauseum, but it is really true that you should:

  • like or better yet, LOVE your job itself (actual job itself)
  • enjoy being at work or working
  • understand that no job is perfect, even the most glamourous ones
  • understand that no job is worth being stressed or feeling like a slave over
  • not go for something just for the money
  • know that job security is myth

Even if your job is truly secure (government work perhaps), and you have a very small chance of ever getting fired, don’t you want to at least do a good job?

Who knows who may be watching your performance?

Or that your colleagues will see you in a different light if you are a great employee.

I have actually downgraded my initial assessments of others’ work products, after seeing how much they hated their jobs and were awful at doing what they are supposed to be good at.

As a result, it has affected the way I look at them, treat them and talk to them — I’m civil but distant, and I try not to be involved with them AT ALL.

And no, I am not apologizing for that.

If it’s less a problem of that you don’t care any more or that you take your job for granted, but that you are busy as heck and can’t get it all done, then perhaps you should employ any one or all of these strategies:

  • Start saying “No” more often
  • Create a daily weekly/monthly schedule
  • Choose your top 3 things to complete each day
  • Be mindful of procrastination, it just piles up into a big ball of stress
  • Focus on your tasks and responsibilities, not others

And finally, if money is the main reason you go to work, I daresay you should re-evaluate.

The problem with money can be simply stated.

It is effective at forcing people to go to work but no one likes to be forced. When we feel that others are pulling the strings, we go away mentally. Money saps our internal motivation for work.

Ask yourself what people do when money is taken out of the equation.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, public employees went unpaid for months at a time. Yet most continued to show up on time for work. The familiar routine of work was somehow preferable to spending the day at home.

Lottery winners fall into two camps. One group says that quitting work is their first order of business. The other says they plan to stay on the job.

So ask yourself:

If I won the lottery tomorrow, would I stay on at my job or do something else?

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.