Be Happy At Work

Life at work doesn’t have to be perfect to find happiness. Here are 5 ways to find joy in your job.

1) Don’t fight other people’s battles. It can be really tempting to involve yourself in other people’s issues at work but it will drain you. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be sympathetic and listen to your colleagues and it doesn’t mean you should never speak up in any case, but it does mean to think long and hard before you do get involved. Ultimately, it could affect your attitude towards particular situations, the company or people whom you work with, even when that wasn’t the intention. When it’ comes to the everyday complaints, just mind your own business.

Maybe you’re willing to work extra hours because you know the experience is valuable. Maybe you don’t get along with your boss but they provide you the long-term opportunity to expand your career. Maybe you dislike some of the necessary daily tasks and paperwork but they are worth doing because the main part of the job gives you energy and purpose. Whatever it is that is draining you, take a step back and look at the big picture.

2) Remember what you’re there for. Yes, there will be frustrations at work. But before you let those things weigh you down, think about the things that matter most. These are the things that make you top list for requirements of a satisfying work life–the things you aren’t willing to trade. If those needs are being met, keep your focus on those things.

Maybe you’re willing to work extra hours because you know the experience is valuable. Maybe you don’t get along with your boss but they provide you the long-term opportunity to expand your career. Maybe you dislike some of the necessary daily tasks and paperwork but they are worth doing because the main part of the job gives you energy and purpose. Whatever it is that is draining you, take a step back and look at the big picture.

3) Manage your time. And this doesn’t necessarily mean downloading a better calendar app. Time management is usually more about prioritization than it is organization. It’s difficult to be happy at work when you feel like you’re constantly pulled in different directions and that you never complete anything. Set your goals for the things that need to be accomplished each week and avoid the non-critical busy work as much as possible.

Additionally, learn to say no. It’s not something that always comes naturally, but saying no up front to something that you know isn’t a priority will help you accomplish more for your team in the long-run.

4) Take on more responsibility. A definite way to be happier at work is to feel like you are more of an integral piece of the puzzle. Where should you start? Many people wait around to be asked or even more, until they are told. Sometimes, you just need to access the need and start doing. If that’s not an option, reach out to a manager and express your desire to take more on.

5) When in doubt, think the best…and say thank you. Negativity is a virus. Make sure you aren’t participating and spreading it. At the same time, make sure you show gratitude towards the people you work with. And at the very least, smile, smile through it–you be surprised how smiling can naturally change your mood.

 

 
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