Many people are unhappy in their jobs but they can’t quite identify why. If someone has a number of reasons for their unhappiness and can’t see any reason to stay working for a company, then it’s time for them to move on. However, for the people that still see potential in their current jobs, there are things that can be implemented to make us much happier in our jobs.
A large part of this is shifting the way that we look at things. It’s all too easy to focus on the bad things when we should be concentrating on the aspects we enjoy. There are also many habits we can implement that make us feel happier and more motivated in our day jobs.
The following are 7 tips that will show you how to be happier in work.
Get Your Day Off to The Right Start
Getting into the habit starting every day with the same morning routine means you’re giving yourself the best start to the day, every day. It can be difficult initially to adjust but after some time it’ll be much easier and the right morning routines lead to a day filled with more energy and higher levels of happiness.
A good morning routine involves getting up at least an hour earlier than you need to; getting some light exercise, a good breakfast, some headspace and a little bit of reading. This sets you up for the day at a pace that hasn’t started with rushing.
Break Tasks Up Into Smaller Achievements
Looking at big tasks or solely at the end results can be pretty overwhelming. It’s essential when we’re planning our day that we break these larger tasks up into smaller ones. This has a number of benefits. Subconsciously, we find it much less daunting to get through smaller tasks so we avoid that overwhelming feeling. By not getting larger tasks finished, we’re damaging our self-esteem and feeling like we’re not good enough to get our work finished.
Secondly, by breaking tasks into smaller achievements, every time we finish one we feel a surge of accomplishment. This allows us to feel much more motivated and feeling like we got a lot more work done in the day. Accomplishments lead to higher levels of happiness so it’s essential to structure your day in this regard.
Surround Yourself With Positivity
Negative environments, negative people, negativity thoughts…
They all make big impacts on our levels of happiness. To combat the first two, you need to make sure you’re in a happy environment and your not spending much time with negative people. In fact, you need to go out of your way to find positive people and spend your time with them. This is applicable to both your personal life and your professional life. It’s exhausting to be surrounded by negativity to try to avoid it as much as possible.
As for the third issue, avoiding negative thoughts, this can be countered by achieving the accomplishments listed in the point above and learning to focus your brain so it’s working on the task at hand. Negative thoughts arise much more easily when our minds wonder, so practice keeping your focus.
Take a Full Lunch Break
So many people eat lunch at their desks, not taking any break from the work they’re doing. This is really counter-productive and you’re setting yourself up for a difficult afternoon. Instead, bring a healthy lunch with you and try to get out in the fresh air if possible.
You need to get the blood circulating somewhat and you also need to give your brain some time off as well.
If you can’t get outside the office, at least get away from your desk. Walk around the building, spend time chatting to positive people or find yourself a quiet corner where you can relax.
Concentrate on All the Aspects of the Day that Went Well
As the day draws to an end you need to focus on all the things that went well, rather than the things that didn’t. This allows us to feel better about our work environments and stops us from dreading coming in the next day.
Pick at least 3 things that you’re happy with and the reasons why. Did you get more done that you thought? Did you finish a task a little earlier? Did you help someone out? Focussing on the positive aspects of our work days allows us to operate on higher levels of happiness when we’re in there.
You’ll often notice that the people who hate their jobs and complain endlessly about them, never focus on the positive aspects of a job. This whining only serves to dampen your own happiness. If things are really that bad then it’s time to find another job. If not then it’s time to focus on the positives.
End The Day in the Right Way
Similar to starting the day off in the best way, you need to finish it that way as well. Again this involves routine but thankfully, this one’s much easier to get into the habit of doing.
Go for a long walk, grab a healthy dinner. Socialize with your friends and spend at least 1 hour relaxing and not doing anything strenuous. Allow your mind and body to completely calm. Meditation is good for this and avoiding anything work related in this hour is essential! Make sure you’re in bed in time to get a good 7-9 hours sleep.
Allow your mind and body to completely calm. Meditation is good for this and avoiding anything work related in this hour is essential!
Make sure you’re in bed in time to get a good 7-9 hours sleep.