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posted Friday, December 6 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 49
Kiki with D: Nine-to-five blues
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Kiki with D: Nine-to-five blues

by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dearest D,

I'm honestly not sure how to begin this letter.

My heart tells me to write it, but my mind tells me that it would not be advisable, as it could be tracked back to me. I'm fearful. I know that your column tends to sway toward relationship issues, but what's on my plate isn't so lovey-dovey.

I'm not one to complain. Honestly, I do everything in my power not to. I'm a nice guy; one who prefers to suffer in silence. Unfortunately, I hate every day of the week that isn't Sat or Sun. It's difficult for me to get out of bed in the morning, knowing that I have to go to work; I spend the rest of the day counting minutes until I can leave the office.

Why?

The only interactions I have with my boss are when he's pissed off and screaming at me, or his explanations regarding why I won't be getting a check that week. My supervisor, who calls himself a close friend of mine, is a softer version of the berating I already know is always coming. Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, is literally a living hell. I already know that you're going to tell me to quit the job and/or talk to the people I'm referring to about how I feel, but the job is cool, and as of this point I would prefer not to discuss the people I work with.

I don't know what to ask you specifically. I just need guidance.
- Survivor of the Week

Dear Survivor,

It seems to me that you are in a rut. Your mindset is not working for you. If there is anything in your life that is not bringing you joy, you are the only one who can change that. There are a number of ways to go about making changes. Remember, it's all about your mindset.

Currently your mind is set to be a weekend warrior! Live for the weekend. You can't wait for Friday to arrive so that you can get it in on Sat. and Sun. - no work. Am I right? You have to find little ways throughout the week/workday to make it more interesting for you.

You can get a Zen garden or take time during your lunch break to meditate. Take a walk to clear your mind and release the stress of the day. Taking time out of the office helps you refocus and readjust yourself to deal with the stresses of work.

Everything is becoming routine and boring. Not in a good way. This is a good time to make some changes, make things interesting for you, change your mindset, and start looking for new ways to challenge yourself.

You can start making it a game. Or a musical in your mind, with your boss and co-workers as the characters. Just imagine that 'if I do this ... the boss is going to say or do that.' Now, keep in mind I am not advising you to do anything out of the ordinary, but just to expect the unexpected.

Notice the routines that people around the office have. There is a person in my office who goes to the water cooler every hour on the hour. I sometimes pretend the office noise is an orchestra and I am the conductor and get a laugh out of it.

Be creative, use your imagination, and have fun.

Hope this helps. Remember be true to you, love yourself, and encourage yourself and others. - D

Life problems bringing you down? Have a burning question? Can't tell your girlfriend? Hit me up! E-mail KikiWithD@gmail.com.

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