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Job satisfaction isn’t something that we all are able to achieve, and that can be a big problem for our productivity, our efficiency, and our lives in general. If you think about how much time you spend at work compared to how much time you have at home to do things you really do enjoy, you’ll realize just how important being happy at work really is. However, changing jobs isn’t always easy, and sometimes, even if you do find a new job, it still won’t make you happy because it is your attitude and perception rather than the job itself. So here are some useful tips on how to feel happier at work, which should help you gain more of that all-important job satisfaction.
Set Your Intention
Setting your intention for the day is an important step in becoming happier at work. Before you leave your home in the morning, ask yourself what your aim is, and what your attitude is. Understanding what you want or need to get done that day is something that will help you to focus your mind. Understanding how you are feeling and acknowledging that you are tired or upset or excited, for example, will allow you to see how those feelings could potentially affect your work and your goals for the day. Knowing these things can help you prevent a problem from occurring.
Have A Peak
Every day should have a peak, and it is sometimes down to you to make it happen. No matter how small the peak is, having something to look forward to will brighten your day and make your workplace and the work itself seem much more enlightening and perhaps even enjoyable. It might be something that happens at work, such as the chance to start a new project, or completing your current one. It could be something that happens afterwards, such as meeting up with friends for a meal or your favorite TV program coming on. Something to look forward to can really increase your happiness and your overall job satisfaction as you will always be working towards something.
Be Your Best You
There are many different ways that you can be your best you – the best version of yourself. It will often start with dressing the part and looking smart and clean and tidy, ready for the day ahead. Even if you wear a uniform or scrubs, that doesn’t mean you can’t still look good and feel confident in what you are wearing. Choose something that works for you, and for scrubs this website is a great place to start looking.
Another way to be your best you is to be confident about what the day is going to bring. If you know you have an important meeting or presentation, envision yourself getting through it wonderfully, being praised by your employer, and generally feeling great about things. This will put you in the right mindset, and it will be much more likely that your task will go well if you have already imagined that it will.
Have Some Thinking Time
If you are on the go all the time and never stop to really think about what you are doing, your job could easily fall into the trap of becoming mundane and boring, and this won’t help with your happiness or your job satisfaction. It’s best to take time every now and then to stop and think about the task ahead and see if you can do it in a better way that leads to more success and happiness. Just because you have been carrying out a task in one way for a long time, that doesn’t mean this is always how you are going to do it.
Make A Plan
Work can sometimes be frustrating because you flip from one task to another and never really get anything done to a high standard, or in a timely manner. You might even find that you have to leave things unfinished because you are trying to get everything done. This will make you unhappy and take away any enjoyment from your work. If you make a plan at the start of each day (or, even better, at the end of the day before so you can arrive and get straight on with task number one) then you will find it all works much more smoothly and you will feel happier about what you are doing.
It may not be the work that is the problem in your job; it could be that you don’t get on with someone else in your office or workplace. If this is the case, then there are a few options for you. Firstly, you can try to ignore them and work around them. If this is impossible, speak to your boss about moving offices, or even changing desks. Alternatively, why not talk to them about their behavior and find out what the problem is? It could be that they are also miserable at work and that they are taking their frustrations out on you. Talking can clear the air and make everyone feel better. Whatever you do, try to avoid confrontation at work. What is said and what is done cannot be unsaid or undone, and it can cause many more problems than it solves.
Find A Friend
There is no rule that says you have to get on with anyone in your workplace, but if you can find a friend there, it will make the days a lot more enjoyable. Even if you only see each other at lunchtime, that is still something to look forward to. It also means there is someone there to talk to about your job and your place of work who completely understands what you mean. They may even feel the same way, and if they don’t, they could help you see things from their perspective.
Get Out Of The Office
Staring at the same four walls and people all day isn’t good for you. Whenever you get the chance to have a break, do so by leaving the office or your place of work and going for a walk, or at least breathing in the fresh air outside. A little exercise and some deep breathing will make you feel a lot more alert and productive, and you will be a lot happier when you get back to your desk.