Here’s the thing… we’re often told to ‘do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life’. That would be lovely wouldn’t it!
But the reality is that sometimes it’s just not possible at particular points in our lives. There are often little mouths to feed, mortgages to pay, and lives to be lived. And of course, they all cost money. Your body and mind might want you to quit but you can’t. The wheels just need to keep on turning.
Surveys show that the majority of everyday folk DON’T love their day job. People who do are definitely the lucky ones.
Yet, hope is not lost for everyone else. There are things you can do to improve your experience of work. It’s about being proactive, not passively waiting and wishing for your job to bring you ongoing happiness.
Here are 5 simple ways to make your job more enjoyable on a day-to-day basis…
1. Build new relationships
Positive and supportive relationships are crucial for our wellbeing. Take the opportunity to get to know your colleagues better. If you already have a staff buddy, step outside of your inner circle a bit. Make it a priority to get to know people outside your work team and build new friendships.
2. Look to learn
Actively seek ways to broaden your knowledge. Put your hand up for a new project, volunteer for a committee, or help someone who’s feeling overloaded. This may offer you new perspectives and new opportunities.
3. Use your breaks wisely
Instead of stuffing down your lunch at your desk or missing your break entirely, use it to your advantage. Do things you enjoy and wouldn’t make the time for otherwise. Indulge yourself! Read a book, call a friend, go for a walk, draw, or meditate. Do the same on your commute too, if you can. This will enrich your mind and spirit, and help to lower any tension before you arrive home.
4. Practice gratitude
This is such a lovely thing to do but one that we often don’t do enough. On your way home, spend a few moments identifying how many small yet good things happened in your day. You may be surprised at how much you have to be grateful for. It’ll also shift your focus away from dwelling on the negative.
5. Look at the positives
When all seems lost and your boss is driving you crazy and you are on the brink of losing it, try to shift to a big-picture view. Think of the benefits of being there – the financial stability, saving for the kids’ education, the skills you are learning, or simply that awesome feeling when the end of the week arrives.
It’s the little things that make a positive difference!
Which steps will you take this week, to make your work more enjoyable and fulfilling?
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