How many people do you know that love their job? Do you love your job? Sometimes it seems like we spend more time working than anything else, which can make a job seem even worse. Our first instinct is get a new job, or to change directions, but that may not always be an option. On the other hand, you may actually love what you do, but for some reason you don’t love your current job. Whatever the factors may be, there are several things you can do, as early as Monday morning!
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY
When you’re frustrated with work, whether it’s your boss or your hours, it can be hard to keep it together. There is always one person that takes joy in complaining about everything. Unfortunately, it’s true! If you’re making an effort to make the best of your situation, you need to focus on the positives. You don’t need to hear that the boss has it out for you or you don’t have a chance of moving up. Negativity of any kind will only bring you down, and will eventually make you more unhappy in your work environment. By associating with people who have goals that closely align with yours, your perspective about your job and career path can change very quickly.
TAKE ON MORE RESPONSIBILITIES
There’s nothing more inspiring than a new passion project! It allows yourself to get your hands on something more satisfying and relieve your boredom. See if you can assume some additional responsibilities or if there’s anything new to learn. If you can do your job in your sleep, that’s a huge problem. Think about what value you bring to the company and sell that to your boss when addressing your interest. This is a great way to refresh your interest and see what other ways you can get involved in your company. Learning as much about your industry/field as possible may also prove you don’t hate your job, you’re just ready to move up!
This goes hand in hand with assuming more responsibilities, but goes a little farther. If you want to be happy with your job and your career, you have to find a purpose! Working harder doesn’t always consist of getting your reports in faster, or taking shorter lunch breaks. Work harder to find what you’re best at – what do you enjoy doing? This can go beyond your desk and can be put into perspective of things greater than is done during the 40 hour work week. Find purpose in your work so you can be successful. When you can identify the difference you’re making, this can change your perspective dramatically.
MAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S DAY
Happiness is meant to be shared. All it takes is leaving a note on a co-worker’s desk or giving out a compliment! It’s been proven that happiness is contagious, and our attitude changes too. It can be as simple as making your boss feel appreciated for putting you on that special project, or telling your co-worker you like her lipstick. Not only will you be making your office a better place, it will make your day more enjoyable too!
Usually, just making an effort to improve your work environment will have a positive impact. When you realize you can change your situation and improve your work experiences, it can be the beginning of a shift towards happiness at work. You may not love your job overnight, but it will happen faster than you think. Who knows – Monday morning is something you may eventually look forward to!