5 Ways To Find The Joy In Your Job
Jobs are funny things, aren’t they? Even if you’re working in a position you like, you can still find yourself moaning about things. Maybe your boss isn’t the nicest, maybe the hours are too long or maybe you’re not a fan of the office décor. Whatever it is, you need to shake it off pronto!
We spend the majority of our lives working, so it’s quite important to be happy during working hours and not wish the hours away. Here are some tips to help you feel happier at work.
Switch up your mornings
If you’re starting your day rushing around, trying to get organised then you’re setting the tone for the rest of the day. It’s crucial to start your morning feeling refreshed and ready to go.
Researchers have found that people who are in a good mood in the morning are more productive during the working day. So prepare your clothes and lunch the night before. Wake up fifteen minutes earlier than you currently do so you have that extra time to focus on yourself.
Don’t stay chained to your desk
Make sure to have some time away from your desk at break and lunch. Walking to and from the photocopier doesn’t count! If you eat lunch at your desk then no wonder you’re not feeling cheery. You need a change of scenery and a proper break from the working day.
If there’s a canteen or breakout area, have lunch there. Or go for a walk with a colleague and sit on a bench outside and eat. Just that little time away from your desk and interaction with your colleagues about things other than work will make all the difference to your day.
Don’t stress out
The working day brings many challenges with it, and it can be easy to get frustrated. Still, it’s important to try take things as they come and don’t get caught up in the stress of it all.
Sometimes you just need to take a step back and look at things objectively. It’s not the end of the world if you missed a deadline or if you sent the wrong email to someone. These things happen and it’s how you overcome them that will make you stronger.
We all know that one negative person at work who constantly moans, loves getting involved with office gossip and basically spreads their unhappy vibes to whoever they talk to. Try to avoid getting involved with these types of conversations. No matter how positive you’re feeling, when someone is being negative it can have an impact on you too.
Don’t mix your personal and professional life
This can be easier said than done at times, but if you’re going through personal issues it’s important to deal with them at home. If you come in when you’re particularly stressed about something it’ll consume you throughout the day. It’ll distract you from being productive and you’ll only feel more stressed. You’d rather take time off work to deal with any personal issues so you come back feeling happier.
Overall, just remember that, whatever your job is, you’re probably learning new things and dealing with new situations all the time. This is all going to look great on your CV so be happy and grateful for the opportunities you have in your life and focus on the positives. It can be so easy to dwell on the things we don’t like, but take a moment each day to write down three things that made you smile. Chances are you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Haleema Khokhar also known as Kimi (a college nickname that stuck) is a journalism graduate working in the world of marketing and freelance writing. She loves animals, dance and a strong cup of tea. Check out her website and Twitter at @MyImpression_ you can also check out her personal Twitter at @KimiKhokhar