Shift from Thanks God it’s Friday to Thanks God it’s Monday!
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Have you gotten into a rut at work? Would you like to be more engaged, satisfied, and fulfilled in your work? Would you like to be more productive and feel a greater sense of accomplishment at the end of each day? Well you can. It just takes a desire and commitment to renew your habits and routines.
Learn these secrets and follow these tips and you’ll see that not only your work life will improve, but the rest of your life too.
Choose to be happy at work
Happiness is largely a choice. You can choose to be happy at work by thinking positively, dwelling on the aspects of your work and avoiding negative people and gossip.
Plan your work
Establish a routine of planning your week and your day. Start your day an extra 15 minutes early to do this planning every day. Write down the top 1-3 important things you must do that day.
Don’t Check Email First Thing
Unless this is required in your job, then let it go until after you’ve completed your top priority of the day. And then process email in batches, say two or three times a day.
Taking breaks will increase productivity. It’s been proven in studies. If you need to, find someone to help ensure you take a morning and afternoon break.
Choose Happiness, Humor, Enthusiasm, Gratitude, Kindness, and a Positive Outlook
Being productive and competitive in business doesn’t mean that you have to be serious all the time. Smiling doesn’t mean you’re not working hard. Enthusiasm doesn’t mean you’re not competitive. Being positive doesn’t mean you’re blind to challenges. Choose to enjoy your time at work. Find others who are like this and spread good cheer. It’s contagious and it grows.
Pace Yourself, especially on Bad Days .
Go slow. Don’t be in a hurry. Just take one thing at a time and keep moving forward.
Do something you like every single day
Take a look at yourself, your skills and interests, and find something that you enjoy doing every day. If you do something you love every single day, your current job won’t seem so bad.
Take charge of your personal and professional development
You are the person with the most to gain from continuing to develop professionally. Take charge of your own growth.
Take Responsibility for Knowing what is happening at work
Seek out the information you need to work effectively. Develop an information network and use it. Assertively request a weekly meeting with your boss and ask questions to learn. You are in charge of the information you receive.
Ask for feedback frequently
Ask your boss for feedback. Tell him you’d really like to hear his assessment of your work. Talk to your customers, too; if you’re serving them well, their feedback is affirming. You are responsible for your own development. Everything else you get is gravy.
Make only commitments you can keep
One of the most serious causes of work stress and unhappiness is failing to keep commitments. Many employees spend more time making excuses for failing to keep a commitment, and worrying about the consequences of not keeping a commitment, than they do performing the tasks promised. Create a system of organization and planning that enables you to assess your ability to complete a requested commitment. If your workload is exceeding your available time and energy, make a comprehensive plan to ask the boss for help and resources.
If all else fails, Job search will make you smile
If all of these ideas aren’t making you happy at work, it’s time to reevaluate your employer, your job, or your entire career. You don’t want to spend your life doing work you hate in an unfriendly work environment. Most work environments don’t change all that much. But unhappy employees tend to grow even more disgruntled. You can secretly smile while you spend all of your non-work time job searching. It will only be a matter of time until you can quit your job – with a big smile.
The Business Lobby Team