You’re now at the point where you feel that your time with your current job has run its course, and you just know that you can’t take another day of punching in, repeating that boring work routine, and dealing with colleagues and bosses that you’re internally done with. The thing is, you can’t leave just yet—whether you still haven’t found a replacement job or you’ve got financial issues you still need to settle, you can’t just let go of your current position at the moment.
It’s hard to stay in a job that you already hate. It’s much like being in a loveless relationship that you’re trying so hard to salvage. But since you need to hold your ground, here are a few ways you can make the remaining months of your stay a bit easier.
1. Finalize your exit strategy.
If you really feel that you can’t salvage your feelings about your current job, then give yourself a deadline: by when should you be out of it? Fix your plan and smoothen out the details of your resignation to make sure that you won’t be on the losing end once you leave.
2. Find little things you can be grateful for.
It could be the free coffee in your cafeteria, or how your office is just within walking distance from your home—or maybe just the fact that you still have a regular source of income. It’s not easy, but find things that will make you smile. And if you get stuck in a bad workday, laugh—you’ll feel better after.
3. Learn what you can.
There’s much to learn even from the suckiest of situations. A bad boss is actually teaching you how to be a good leader, lazy teammates are a lesson in efficiency, and a toxic work environment is a crash course on emotional detachment. Even in the nastiest of situations, you’re still earning career experience, and at the very least, it’s something that you can add to your resume.
4. Do what you need to do.
Sometimes you just to grit your teeth, get up, and show up. Just do what you need to do to get everything done and over with. At least no one can say that you’re skipping your responsibilities.
5. Look for activities you can do on the side.
When working in an office with a toxic culture, you’ll need an emotional and mental outlet. Find a hobby or hone a skill—and if you can earn from them, all the better! The money you get can actually be a buffer for when you resign, or it can even be your new business altogether!
6. Stay positive.
Staying positive is probably the hardest thing you can do given that the only thing that will make you truly happy right now is leaving your job, but the mere effort will actually help you feel less miserable. If it’s not working, go back to our first tip and tweak your strategy. Having something to look forward to will help tide you over until the victory of submitting your resignation letter.