It’s hard to find meaning in work you don’t like.

And when you can’t find meaning in your daily work, it can feel like you’re doing a meaningless job.

And when you feel that you’re working a meaningless job, the quality of your work suffers.

Oh, and you begin to hate your life.

It’s especially difficult to appreciate your current job when you’re vying for another career, like being a musician. 

It can feel like your day job is overpowering your passion for music.

But hold on.

There’s got to be a way to be thankful for what you’ve got. There has to be a way to find meaning in that meaningless job.

This is something I’ve been mulling over recently. I’m a writer during the day and sometimes it’s not fun. Sometimes I’m slapping myself just to stay awake.

Even still, there are reasons to work well and work hard. And here are a few reasons I’ve come up with that can give meaning to your mundane day job.

This Meaningless Job Provides For Yourself And Your Loved Ones

Whether you live alone or have five children, your job has meaning because it’s providing for you, or you and your family.

You know, because you need food, a place to live, and clothes.

And to me, that’s meaning enough to keep working my day job.

This Meaningless Job Pays For Your Recording Studio

This is just a guess, but I bet you pay rent or a mortgage.

So essentially, you’re paying for your home recording studio. You’re paying for a place to make music.

Yeah, it’s just your house or apartment. But without that, you have no (free) place to record all those hit songs you’re working on.

This Meaningless Job Pays For Your Music-Making Supplies

Recording equipment. Pencil and paper for songwriting. Gas money to get to your gigs.

These are things your day job probably pays for, unless you’ve started to make an income from your music (way to go!).

Remember this on those tough work days. This money is helping you fund your music endeavors.

This Meaningless Job Helps Others

Regardless of what you do during the day, you’re helping others.

As a writer, I’m helping websites increase traffic and businesses sell their products.

As an insurance salesman, you’re helping people stay protected.

As someone in customer service, you’re literally helping people nonstop.

I read an article in Harvard Business Review called “How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn’t Your ‘True Calling.'”

It was both sobering and encouraging.

“If we reframe our tasks as opportunities to help others,” the author says, “any occupation can feel more significant.”

So in order to do well in this marathon called being a musician, we all need to remember the things that give our day jobs meaning. 

5 thoughts on “You Have A Meaningless Day Job

  1. Right! It’s so easy to fall into the trap of negative thoughts. Whether your day job is a temporary one or a permanent one, there’s always meaning in what you’re doing. I find that It helps to write down positive things about why you’re doing what you’re doing to remind yourself when you fall into those nasty traps. Reinforce positive thoughts to disrupt the cycle of negative thoughts. A job always has meaning.

  2. Great article. Your suggestions would work for a lot of people who have a dream of doing something other than their day job.

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