How to Love Your Job
It’s February, and the world is suddenly full of hearts, flowers and romantic sentiment. Whether you love to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or think it’s a commercial load of rubbish, there’s no denying its existence! Aside from friends and family, there is always one thing you should strive to love – your job! Considering you will, on average, spend 35% of your waking hours at work, it’s extremely important that you feel fulfilled and happy! Long hours, tight deadlines, internal politics and lack of personal/work life balance can take its toll and you may find yourself living for the weekends and dreading Mondays. Sound familiar? Then read on!
If you are miserable at work, you can of course change your job or consider a new career. But for now, you can take steps to ensure that you love your current job!
Adopt a positive attitude
On the way to work, consider how your job allows you to have a life outside of it – your great social life, your beautiful house, fun holidays or your nice car – it will make the day more pleasant and productive.
Be productive and eat the frog!
Plan your time and make “to do” lists. Include long-term projects as well as things that need doing daily or right now and identify priorities. Eat the frog! As Mark Twain once said “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” Eating the frog means to just do it, otherwise you'll end up procrastinating it the whole day!
Is there something that can be delegated? Is there someone that could do the job faster or better than you? Are you taking on work that actually belongs to someone else? Don’t dither – Do it, Dump it or Delegate it!
Take regular breaks
Step away from your desk regularly, even if it’s for 5 minutes – take a walk, make a drink, get some fresh air. But don’t take your phone with you – disconnect yourself fully and give your brain a rest from texts, e-mails and messages. Make sure you take the lunch break that you’re entitled to and make sure that the food you have is healthy and will release energy slowly throughout the afternoon – avoid “quick fix” sugar rushes such as chocolate, or empty calories such as crisps. Do not eat at your desk, however busy you may be!
Take in some fresh air and have a mental break and try and look for ways of energising yourself (a healthy smoothie or brisk walk) and limit the amount of adrenaline you may be getting from caffeine.
Make your workplace more pleasant
Learn to have more fun at work. Laugh more, relax more and perform with a more fun orientated approach. Contribute towards creating a pleasant work environment by not gossiping and getting involved in office politics. Minimise your time (where possible) with people that you do not resonate with or like.
Positively review your day
Before you go home at the end of the day, take a look at what worked well and what could be improved the next day. If you feel happy and satisfied with the day’s work, then reward yourself later that day – perhaps you want to binge on a box set, take a long bubbly bath or enjoy a glass of wine guilt-free. Whatever works for you!
Learn to switch off from work
Mentally say goodbye to your workspace the moment you leave for home. And if you happen to work from home, shut the door on your home office or clear your laptop and paperwork from the dining table and put it somewhere out of sight.
Don’t live for Fridays
Do you live for the weekend? Stop! You are wishing your life away! Give yourself a mid-week treat: go for a meal with a friend, turn off the TV and communicate with your partner in a candle lit room, or have a film night with popcorn. If you have things to look forward to after work, bad days become much more bearable
No matter how good things are in other parts of your life such as family, social life and relationships, work is a HUGE part of your life! So it’s time to LOVE what you do!
Do you love your job? What do you to every day to ensure you don’t dread Mondays? Perhaps you have some tips on how to enjoy your day at work? Let us know in the comments section below, we would love to hear from you!
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