March 1st , 2024


Stanley Hammond

5 months ago


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Many of these tips are not only useful when working from home but are always useful.

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How to Make Work More Enjoyable: 8 Tips
Do you dread waking up for work each morning? Do you feel defeated, tired, and unhappy at the end of each day? Well, not for long, if I have any say in the matter. Your career shouldn’t suck the life out of you—instead, it should fulfill you. Here are 8 tips that will help you find joy in your work again:

1) Start your day off right.
If you start your day off in a bad mood or with a poor attitude, then chances are you won’t have a super enjoyable day at work. To instead set yourself up for a great work day, ensure your morning goes smoothly: make a yummy, nutritious breakfast; open up your blinds and let the sun stream through; spend a couple minutes journaling; and do some light stretching or exercising to ready your mind and body for the day.

2) Keep a clean and pleasant workspace.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t focus or relax at a messy desk. I’ve found that tidying up my workspace can have a serious effect on my entire day, and I bet that straightening yours up will work wonders for you as well. Once you’ve gotten that down, consider taking it a step further by adding some character: decorate your desk with your favorite flowers; put up pictures of your family and friends; incorporate soothing color schemes. Turn your workspace into a personal, aesthetically-pleasing environment—you’ll be happy to spend your time there.

3) Focus your attention on the task at hand.
Doing too much at once is the quickest way to stress yourself out—not to mention it lowers productivity levels. Jessica Tappana, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, says that instead of multitasking, you should focus on one task at a time. And if you can break these tasks down into smaller steps to tackle, even better. Furthermore, you should minimize distractions that may prolong the tasks’ completion or lessen their quality. Save that Facebook and Instagram scrolling for your break! Implementing these strategies will prove to lower your stress levels, increase your productivity levels, and help you to enjoy your work again.

Invest time in your colleagues

The research clarifies that your colleagues and the atmosphere at work are an important part of your happiness at work.

Make sure you block time in your schedule for a (virtual) coffee with colleagues, give them a heartfelt compliment now and then, or do another good deed. “Behaviour leads to different behavior,” according to the initiators. So treat your colleagues the way you want to be treated yourself.

Provide enough challenge in your work

Challenge is also key, according to Indeed. Take every opportunity to develop yourself, or talk to your manager about training and courses.

If you do not develop yourself, you are quickly drawn into the daily grind. Especially if you work at home and have no demands from colleagues, every daycan feel a bit the same this way.

Also, look at the positive aspects

Although working from home does make us lonelier, there are also a lot of benefits. This gives you much more opportunity to organize your daysflexibly. And let autonomy be an important pillar of happiness at work.

For example, start work as early as you would normally leave home to do a sports session or get a coffee with another home worker.

Now that we are slowly letting go of the one-and-a-half-meter society, it will soon be possible to go to the office a little more often. Of course, it may very well be that you are the happiest. Make sure you schedule plenty of contact with colleagues on these days. You can pick up your focus work during a day of working from home.

Upgrade your workplace

Do you still sit at the kitchen table every day working on a laptop? Then it makes sense that your brain still sees this as a ‘temporary solution’ and that it is difficult to keep work and private life separate.

Therefore, invest in an ergonomic laptop stand, mouse and keyboard and see if you have room for a small desk somewhere in the house.

Do a negative visualization for more happiness at work

Are you looking for an out-of-the-box way to get back to work? You do that by imagining losing your job, says Laurie Santos, a psychology professor at Yale University. This is called a ‘negative visualization.’ Here you imagine that tomorrow is your last working day.

Not only does this help you realize what is fun about your job, but it also ensures that you find out what you are not going to miss. Then make sure to change this by starting a conversation with your manager. We often have more influence on our work than we think.

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