We have all heard the saying, “If you love where you work you will never work a day in your life.” Whilst this might be true in a Hollywood movie, in the real world most of the time work actually feels like just that… WORK!
However, there is truth in the concept that if you love what you do and if you love the place where your work and if you love the people that you work with then work might just be that little bit more enjoyable.
So the question is, how do we do that? How do we learn to love where we work so that work can feel a little less like just that… WORK?
We have compiled a list of 10 things that will help make your work life a whole lot more enjoyable.
1. MOTIVATE YOURSELF
Your mindset will help to determine how you feel about everything in life – especially your work. Adopting a positive mindset will help your day to be more pleasant and more productive. Listen to some inspiring music on your way to work or a motivational podcast. Adopting a positive attitude is key to being happy.
2. KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
At the end of the day, you can only do your best, so as long as you are performing to the best of your ability in the workplace, no one can ask more of you. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself or compare yourself to colleagues. It is important to look beyond work and consider the larger life picture and keep things in perspective. Volunteering outside of work is not only a great way to give back to the community but can also be a bit of a reality check.
3. MAKE YOUR WORK SPACE A PLACE THAT YOU ENJOY
You are always happier if you are surrounded by things that give you joy. Decorate your office or cubicle with pictures, quotes or items that uplift and inspire you. Get a cork board and pin up positive letters, emails or cards that you might have received from clients or co-workers. These will act as a reminder that you are doing a good job and are sure to make you smile.
4. COMPLIMENT SOMEONE EVERY DAY
When someone you work with tells you that they like your idea or thinks that you are doing a great job, it makes you feel appreciated. So, why not do the same for others. It is really easy to acknowledge the positive work of your colleagues and you will soon find that complimenting people can be contagious and others will follow your lead and this will help to create a more positive workplace environment.
5. CREATE OR JOIN AN OFFICE TEAM
Many companies encourage after work social interactions so if your workplace has a company sporting team, why not join it? If they don’t, why not look to start one? Bonding with your co-workers outside of work hours can really help to build team spirit and create camaraderie.
6. REALISE THAT YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR WORK
It is important to identify a separation between your work and personal life and to realise that you are far more than the position you hold within a company. You are a partner, a child, a parent, a member of a sporting team, part of a community and so much more than the title on your business card.
7. CREATE TRADITIONS THAT FOSTER HAPPINESS IN THE WORKPLACE
It can be as simple as picking up an extra coffee for a colleague, organising casual drinks at the end of the month or baking some cupcakes to celebrate an occasion. Random acts of thoughtfulness will create positive patterns of behaviour and encourage a happy workplace environment.
8. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS AND LEARN TO RELAX
It is vital to both happiness and productivity to take regular breaks, so get up and move away from the laptop and take a quick walk outside. Everyone needs a reset and you cannot do that unless you take regular breaks to recharge the batteries. It is also important not to take things too seriously. Take a deep breath and remain calm when things get stressful. No matter how demanding or challenging work becomes, you need to remember that at the end of the day, it is just a job and you need to keep things in perspective.
9. REVIEW YOUR DAY BEFORE YOU GO HOME
Before you leave work, take a few minutes to reflect on how the day went. Think about what went well and what areas you could have improved on. Set some goals for the next day and coming weeks and if you feel that you have done a particularly good job then reward yourself in some way as a personal acknowledgment of a job well done.
10. SWITCH OFF ONCE YOU LEAVE WORK
It is hard to do, but it is vital to switch off once you leave the office. You already spend approximately a third of your time at work, so make the most of it when you are not there. Get out and exercise, go to a movie and spend time with loved ones. Create and enjoy a life that has nothing to do with work. Be present in the moment and mentally say goodbye to your workspace when you leave the building. Separating home and work will help you to enjoy both better.
We all have the ability to make things more enjoyable for ourselves and for others, but it comes down to our attitude and some practical responses. Life is short. It is really important that you enjoy your work, but also, life outside work – and if you don’t then maybe it’s time to look for a new career path.