Just whistle while you work..so hum a merry tune! Let’s be honest, I don’t trot off to work humming a merry tune. Work is often a drag and I doubt I’m alone.
I’ve had phases of really struggling with my job. There were places I’d rather be. Things I’d prefer to be doing. Yet, there are bills to pay. Walking away from my job wasn’t an option. I decided I had to change my mindset and embrace my job for what it is.
Here’s five ways to love the job you’re in.
Focus on the good bits
It’s easy to focus on the crappy parts of your job. The internal politics, the cranky boss, feeling under appreciated, the day to day frustrations of work. I realised I had to change what I could control, and a massive part of that was my attitude. Instead of making a mental list of things I hated, I started thinking about the things that worked for me.
A huge benefit of my role is the ability to work part time. Occasionally I can work from home. Not all workplaces are as flexible. For you it might be your great colleagues or clients, or the location of your work. Maybe it’s the ‘bigger picture’ stuff and the role you play in achieving those goals.
Shake it up
The routine of a 9 – 5 job can be monotonous. Making even small changes can really help alleviate the boredom. If you pop out for a coffee in the morning, try an alternate place. Is there new or different work you can put your hand up for? Can you re-order they way you do your tasks? It doesn’t have to be a revolutionary change.
Tweak the way you travel to work
I changed the way I walk from the train station to the office. Simple, but now I walk past a florist that always has gorgeous flowers. I gaze at the displays in the windows of trendy shops. My short walk to work is now much more pleasant, so I arrive in the office in a brighter mood.
If you catch public transport, can you off at a different stop? If you walk to work, mix up your route. If you drive to work, try parking somewhere different. It’s a simple change, but hey, a change is as good as a holiday!
Escape from the office
I’m terrible at eating lunch at my desk. Ridiculous really, I work in such a beautiful city. It’s not always possible but I’m making a conscious effort to escape the office for some fresh air! It does wonders for productivity.
Occasionally my colleagues take a stroll around the block to clear their heads. Some teams do ‘walking meetings’. It won’t take off in my team, but I love the concept!
Make it pretty
You spend a lot of time each day at your desk. Why not take the time to make your work environment pretty? Put a plant on your desk. Display some of your child’s art. Frame some photos of the people or places you love and give them pride of place on your desk. Adding some personality to your work space makes it your own. If your work space looks gorgeous perhaps you won’t resent being there!
If you really can’t find a way to love the job you’re in, plan your exit strategy. Think about what you want in your next job and work out what you need to do to make it happen. My current exit strategy perhaps isn’t the wisest!
What are your tips on how to love the job you’re in?
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