Do you love your job? Are you excited every morning when you get ready to go to the office? Are you passionate about the work process? If you answered “no” even once, you know that you are not alone. Author Nigel Cumberland, a well-known coach, says that most of his clients are described as dull, boring, tedious, stultifying, stressful, burdensome and even scary. Sound like a familiar situation? Then it’s time to make a change.
- Change your job
The easiest and most obvious way to make your job more enjoyable is to change it. According to Cumberland, a bad job choice wouldn’t be such a serious problem if it didn’t occupy such a substantial part of life. Yes, we have to make a living, but work should not be a burden.
Sooner or later there comes a time when you have to start doing what you want to do. Get a job that you really like, and you’ll be happy to get up in the morning. I think you’re out of your mind if you stay at a job you don’t like just because it looks good on your resume.
- Make the job more interesting
If changing jobs isn’t an option, try to do things during the day that you really enjoy and get a kick out of. Take the “glass half full, not half empty” approach to challenges at work and focus on the pluses.
Delegate some of your tasks that make you discouraged. Talk to your supervisor about changing your responsibilities if you are interested in trying a new direction. A good supervisor is more interested in enthusiastic employees than frowning robots.
Life is too short to waste it on things that make you miserable and lead to depression.
- Revitalize the workplace
Work can be boring and tedious, but pleasant surroundings and atmosphere can make up for it. Make your office fun and pleasant to be in. If possible, play music, share stories with colleagues, be attentive and polite. Provide a place to relax where you can have a coffee, play a game of some kind during a break or after work.
- Take a break
Don’t neglect to take breaks during the work day, especially if you hardly ever get up from your desk. “Recharge your batteries”: take five-minute breaks every 25 minutes and longer breaks every two hours. This helps you stay energetic and alert.
Be sure to go on vacation and use every possible day to rest. Try not to work on weekends: don’t read your mail, don’t check your phone calls, and don’t sit at the computer. How can you feel full of energy on Monday if you never relaxed?
Everyone deserves a day where they don’t have to deal with problems or look for solutions. Each of us needs a distraction from worries that aren’t going anywhere.
- Take Care of Your Health
Many of us plan to start living a healthier lifestyle when we have less work to do or no work at all. But by working to the point of exhaustion now, we do serious harm to our physical and mental well-being. What will be more important in the end: longevity and health, or a big house and an expensive car?
What’s the point of working hard and inhumanly hard, if as a result of earned money will be then spent mainly on doctors?
Exercise, stretch, walk, run or go to the pool. Walk every day. British scientists have proven that a 20-minute brisk walk extends life by seven years and significantly reduces the risk of heart attack. Monitor your emotional state, avoid overwork, and avoid stressful situations.
- Be more than work
Remember that work is only one aspect of your life. Don’t rule out everything else for the sake of work. You are more than just your position, firm and salary. Be proud of your successes in other areas: maybe you are a great parent, or did a great repair in the bedroom? Do something other than work. For example, creativity, charity. Become a volunteer, or sign up for courses that will help you change your profession to something more interesting in the future.
The world would be terribly boring, if all mankind was busy working from 09:00 to 18:00 and spent his life only on his career.
- Coming home on time
Do you manage to balance work and your personal life? There are two ways to respond to increasing busyness:
Disagree and delegate your chores to someone else, or leave the task undone altogether;
Needless to say, both options have serious downsides? The ideal is to manage everything during working hours. Let overtime be the exception, not the rule. The secret is to work wisely.
Let your colleagues know that you intend to leave work on time. This will encourage them to do the same.
Plan your work day by allocating mandatory tasks and assigning them to everyone involved in the process.
Be willing to delegate and don’t grab onto tasks that someone else can do.
Don’t procrastinate or waste time. If you don’t work at your best for at least an hour a day, don’t complain about having to go home an hour late.
Solve problems like a lazy person. Lazy people always know how to simplify a task.
Leave work at work. This also includes all the worries and anxieties that go around in your head related to it.
Those who work hard and those who work smart have different success rates.
- Don’t wait for retirement
There is a good French proverb: “All the first half of life we wait for the second, and all the second half we regret the first. Try to behave now as if you were retired. Don’t be nervous, don’t complain, rest more, find time for hobbies and interesting activities.
- Become a Master of your Own Business
Don’t chase a promotion if the new status isn’t what you’ve always dreamed of. You may not know much about 1C, but you’re a great listener or an amazing planner on the family budget.
Success will come when you stop doing what you don’t plan to be an expert at and make room in your life to do what you want to excel at.
Never stop learning and gaining experience. Capitalize on failures and mistakes by turning them into useful experiences. Share your experiences and knowledge with others: help others become experts too, even if it’s filling out a tax return or taking care of a houseplant.
And remember, if we work nine hours five days a week, that’s 2,250 hours a year. So we just have to do everything we can to enjoy our work.