Ask yourself – is it the job or is it you?
And what can you do to make your current work more enjoyable?
Stop acting the victim. YOU are responsible for your life and if you
can’t immediately change the job you are in, then it is up to you to
make the most of it.
Here are 12 tips to enjoy more your current job.
1. Get motivated to face the day
On the way to your workplace, think of how the work you have allows
you to have your life outside of it, such as a great social life. A
positive attitude will make the day more pleasant and productive.
2. Keep your work in perspective
You can only do the best you can in each situation. Look beyond
yourself and your work, and consider the bigger picture. Do some
voluntary work to gain a broader outlook. Find a way to contribute to
society in general.
3. You are more than your work
Do not have your identity too strongly tied to the job you do. Give
up thinking that your work life “should” be a certain way. Such
expectations of what you were supposed to be, as set by your parents and
teachers, stop you from enjoying what you currently do.
4. Plan your time and create a to-do list
In this list, include long term projects as well as the more imminent things that need doing.
Prioritise your to-do list – do the most important things first. When
performing any task, ask yourself – is this the best use of my time?
Schedule in enough time for your studies etc.
5. Concentrate on the task at hand
Do not let yourself be distracted by worrying about all the other
things to be done or losing energy over the undesirable situation you
find yourself in. Stay in the moment.
Be ruthless and take care of a task before it gets on a possible
procrastination list. For example, sort your morning post immediately in
one go – open it, file it, act on it or bin it there and then.
6. Be clear about what’s expected of you
Clarify immediately, any time you are not sure or where you are faced
with conflicting demands. The more clear and upfront you are with your
manager and the other people you work with, the better it will be for
you in the long term.
7. Delegate wherever appropriate
Decide if there is anything that can be delegated, or that more
fairly belongs to someone else’s work load. Always remember the “3D”
rule – do it, dump it or delegate it – never handle a piece of paper
8. Have regular breaks
Get away from your normal workplace even if only for five minutes.
Try taking a break from the laptop, emails and do leave the mobile
behind. Make sure that you do have that lunch break – it is not just for
food but also for fresh air and a mental break.
Eat a healthy lunch and if you must snack, make sure it is healthy
too – an apple rather than a bag of crisps. Look for ways of energising
yourself, other than from adrenaline and caffeine.
9. Learn to relax
No matter how challenging the work gets or how demanding your bosses
become, it, at the end of the day it is only a job and you are much more
than that. In years to come, you will look back and wonder what the
10. Make your workplace more pleasant
Contribute towards creating a pleasant work environment. Do not
gossip in the office as it just creates negativity all around. Do not
listen to any gossip either. Minimise your time with people that you do
not resonate with or like.
Learn to have more fun at work. Laugh more and chill out. Perform with a more fun orientated approach.
11. Review your day before you leave for home
Look at what worked well, and what could be improved the next day. If
you feel satisfied with the day’s work, then why not reward yourself
later that day. You deserve it.
12. Switch off once you leave work
You are already at work a third of your time, so do not continue to
keep it buzzing in your head during your supposed free time. Mentally
say good bye to your work space the moment you leave for home.