With the advent of the internet and the snowball effect of all of the technology that has followed, it has become increasingly difficult for people to separate their work lives and their personal ones. Because of the inevitable merge of professional and personal, it’s important to remember that you deserve to be happy all the time, and not just live for the weekend. Luckily, there are techniques you can use to achieve that standard of happiness–even at work!
Find a Sense of Meaning
Studies have shown that workers who know that their work has a meaningful, positive impact tend to feel happier in the workplace–and can be more productive, too. But you don’t have to be curing cancer or solving world hunger to find meaning in your work! Something as simple as helping out a colleague or reaching small, daily goals can contribute to a having a positive outlook, and make work more enjoyable. Try making a list of tasks first thing in the morning so that you can check them off as you succeed throughout the day!
Engage in Friendships with Coworkers
They say one should should always separate work and play, but the office isn’t just a business atmosphere–it’s a social one, too. Surrounding yourself with a few people whose company you enjoy and who you can trust will create a strong rapport among coworkers. This feeling of camaraderie in the workplace can actually make you more focused on your work, as you’ll feel more comfortable and satisfied within the workplace. Try a post-work happy hour outing with a small group of coworkers, or see if your company will organize a special event that everyone can participate in!
Personalize Your Space
You spend the majority of your day (week, year…) at the office, so take some time to make that space your own! Whether you choose a plant to liven things up, personal knick knacks or photos of family and friends, a little bit of decoration can go a long way in making you feel more comfortable in your space. In addition to some chic decor, think about optimizing your work area to make the space you’re in work for you. If you’re in a collaborative environment, avoid really tall or bulky desk accessories to maximize your work area and ensure that it doesn’t feel cramped while others are working with you.
Work for a Life–Not Just a Living
It’s one thing to look at your work simply as a means to pay the bills, but quite another to shift your focus from daily bread to daily meaning. Finding fulfillment in your work can help you make the office an environment that you not only enjoy spending time in–you might just love it, too. Take complete ownership of what you do, and think of your position not just as a job title, but as an extension of yourself. Customize your job to fit your motives, strengths, interests and passions. Focus on growth, and seeing improvement in your work will translate to a happier feeling overall.
Take Care of Your Body
That old thing you lug from work, home, and back again needs to be taken care of! When your body isn’t feeling great, happiness becomes harder to achieve. Focus on eating a diet that doesn’t bog you down, but keep yourself energized with protein-packed snacks and plenty of water throughout the day. In addition to that, make an effort to–at least–get up and take a walk around the office a few times a day. Even better, try making a full workout part of your daily routine, whether it be before work, during your lunch break, or in the evening. Get acquainted with your endorphins, and let the good times roll!
|Author: Julie Jessup||Department: Operations||Date: November 4, 2015|