I worked in a factory job for 6 and a half years and it was the worst 6 years of my life.
Time went slow, I felt like a slave, the work was repetitive and it was just so boring.
I started that job straight out of high school at 16, so it was good for a first job because it was quick and easy money.
As a teenager, I was ballin’ and had a lot more money than my peers.
However, 6.5 years later and I was still doing the same job, slaving away wondering why I was still doing this factory job I hated.
Reasons I Hated My Old Factory Job (Meat Worker)
The Work Was too Repetitive
I absolutely hated standing there doing the exact thing for literally hours.
The work was just too repetitive that it became boring and no fun anymore.
At that point I just felt like a slave and that made it even worse.
Time Went Slow
Because the work was too repetitive, 20 minutes felt like an hour. It was too easy to look at the clock.
Every shift just draaaaagged and I started hating life since I was doing the same thing day in, day out.
I Felt Like a Slave
I was standing there doing the exact same thing for hours.
I felt like I was a no one, no one special, just doing an easy task that anyone could do.
I was working hard every single day, I wanted to be valued for the work I put in, but I was just like…every…body…else.
No one special, not making an impact, just going through the motion.
Everyone Was Miserable
Everyone I worked with were the most miserable people on the planet.
They were depressed, sad, looked like they hated life and had no plans of quitting even though it was destroying them mentally.
I could see it especially in the elderly, the ones that were there for 40+ years.
They just looked like they gave up on their dreams and wasted their entire life doing something they hated.
There was NO WAY that was going to happen me.
So I decided to do something about it.
Tips For Working in a Factory Job
There were some things that made working there a little easier but at the end of the day, I was doing whatever I could do make life more enjoyable for me.
You can use these tips to make your factory job a little easier and make time go faster.
Stop Looking at the Time
The clock was definitely the enemy.
Because it was so boring, I was looking at the clock every 5 minutes.
It’s human nature to seek comfort. We want to get out of an uncomfortable situation (in this case, your job) and do something more fun.
So the only thing we can do is look at the time hoping it’s further than we hoped.
Hint: It never is. You’d think 15 minutes went by and it’s only been 5.
Rotate With Someone
This is only possible if you know more than one job and the supervisor allows you to do it.
Ask someone if they want to rotate jobs every 15 minutes.
There is only four 15 minutes in an hour, so rotating 4x will make the hour go by fairly quickly, taking into consideration you’re not looking at the time often.
If you can rotate with 3 other people, that’s 4 jobs in one hour. That’ll make time go by much quicker.
Learn a New Position
Of course there are only so many positions available in a factory job, but in the mean time you can learn as many positions as possible.
This does a few things.
- Makes time go by faster cause you’ll be too busy to look at the clock
- Allows you to move around the factory and communicate with other workers. The ones that have been there all their life have some amazing stories up their sleeve, so make sure to ask them
- Increases your overall skillset. You’ll be able to put all these new positions on your resume.
Get More Comfortable
Comfort feels good, so making your self as comfortable as possible is going to help you survive 8-12 hour shifts much more easily.
This means wearing comfortable clothes, better footwear, better insoles and warmer clothes if you’re in colder temperatures,
Eat Plenty of Food
Food helps us feel better and working 12 hour shifts in a factory is something we hate.
So eating our favorite foods throughout the day is going to release happy chemicals and make us feel better.
Lets call this, balancing the odds.
Even though there are more negatives to working long, torturous hours, it’s still going to make us feel a little better.
Factory Workers Either Settle or Make a Change
What I found out from working my factory job for 6.5 years was that there’s only 2 types of people.
Those that want to make a change but end up settling for the rest of their lives.
And those that do change and make the necessary steps before it’s too late.
No one wants to settle in a factory job, it’s not exactly the best career path in the world.
No one wakes up one day saying “I love working the factory and I’m going to do it the rest of my life”.
But then they settle and before they know it, they’re 60 years old waiting to retire.
That’s what I was so scared about, I didn’t want that to happen to me.
Get Out If You Can
Nothing’s going to change if you don’t make a change.
The people are going to be the same and the jobs will still be the same.
I’ve worked a factory job, I’ve been through it all, and trust me when I say it never gets better.
Some of the older people I talked to all hated it and wished they quit before it was too late. Now they’re just waiting to retire.
A whole life wasted, just like that.
I highly recommend you start looking for other jobs right away.
It might be good money but it is soul depleting and makes people extremely unhappy.
What Did I Do About It?
I done the no show.
Not my finest moment but I’m not one to lie, so what I did was I laid myself off and never went back.
I actually laid myself as a backup plan instead of quitting, that way I could look for another job and if it didn’t work out, I still had my factory job to go back to.
Well time was up and it was time to go back to that job.
But I was just so happy not working there anymore, so I didn’t show up.
I was collecting unemployment and living with family, that’s how I could afford to live.
But I Had a Dream I Started Working On
So the entire shtick was to quit my job and work from home.
I know we all have those dreams and aspirations, but only a small percentage pursue those dreams. I happened to be one of them.
I didn’t want to go back to working my 7:45 – 3:30 job. In fact, I didn’t want to work for anyone, ever again!
So I had to find another means of income real fast.
I started a blog. The blog was called campingmastery.com and I still make money with that blog.
Within a year I was making a consistent $30 a day, and within 1.5 years I was making more than my factory job.
I learnt everything to make that blog successful with this free system.
Well that concludes this article. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day.