So many of us are now slaves to jobs which we don’t feel fulfilled or satisfied by. We sit at our desks, running reports and daydreaming about going home, putting our feet up and maybe drinking a few glasses of wine. For those of you out there who enjoy your jobs completely, congratulations! But I highly doubt you’ll be reading this post if that is the case. Luckily for the rest of you I have created a list of the top tips I use everyday to make the old 9-5 go smoother and feel more enjoyable. A lot of this takes a positive open mindset, so read on if you’re to change your outlook and hopefully you’re life!
Leave your house 10 minutes earlier.
Something you can before work even begins, leaving yourself plenty of time to commute to work removes a lot of the stress many of us feel on our daily travels. Obviously this could be a bit tricky if you rely on public transport, but consider an earlier bus or train, even if it is only a few days a week. You’ll be surprised what a weight if takes off your shoulders when you’re not rushing and constantly watching the clock. For my daily commute I purposely go a route which is longer, but much more scenic and rural, so there is less traffic and more beautiful scenery. Its a win win. Try it.
Don’t get involved in office gossip.
All of us who work in an office based environment understand (and probably participate) in a fair amount of office gossip. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of discussing Janet in HR’s awful new haircut or Vince in accounts’ obvious mono-brown. Stop it. Don’t discuss it. Laugh along if needs be, but don’t actively comment. This kind of behaviour is totally negative and lets be honest, doesn’t achieve anything other than filling a conversation gap. Try and steer the conversation towards more lighthearted, positive topics: plans for the weekend, upcoming holidays, birthdays, anything so long as it brings a smile to your face. You’ll be surprised in the elevation if your own mood, and also your colleagues moods. Positivity is surprisingly infectious.
Take all of your allocated breaks.
This is one I personally struggle with. But make sure you do. If you’re entitled to an hour’s break and only usually take 30 minutes you’re only stealing time from yourself. Bring a book to read, download a film on Netflix to watch, or ideally leave the office entirely and go for a walk. Whatever it is, just make sure you unplug from your desk and take what you are entitled to.
Immerse yourself in the task at hand.
How often do you stare at the screen and instead of working think about how much work there is to do and how much you don’t want to do it? We’ve all been there. But this attitude achieves nothing but lost time. If you immerse yourself completely in what you are doing and make sure to work and not procrastinate you will feel much more of a sense of achievement at the end of the day. Plus, the hours will likely go much quicker, time is relative afterall.
It is work, not a competition. We all feel it, the need to be noticed and acknowledged for being the best, but it is just unnecessary. The quality of your work should shine through and be enough to show your superiors that you are a hard worker. Have confidence in what you’re doing, you’ll feel so much happier if you’re not constantly vying for someone else’s approval. Plus, if you follow the previous tip your work levels will naturally increase.
I hope you’re found some handy tips in the above list, please try and implement some changes in your daily structure, you’ll be surprised how much of a difference they make. It is my mantra after all, little changes make a big difference. Let me know how you get on!