We all spend a lot of time at work: Of course, it helps if your job is inherently enjoyable. We have put together 10 tips to help sweeten your working day.
1. “That looks so much better” – improve the appearance of your Workspace
You see the place where you work (almost) every day! If you want to brighten your working day a little, you should make sure you like being there. Whatever you do, make sure it is something that will make you smile: popular options are a small pot plant or a picture of your loved ones. Sometimes, all you need to do is tidy up your desk. You don’t have a desk job? Maybe you have a break room or other area that you can improve (with the OK from your boss).
2. Get your circulation going – move about
Calling all office chair slouches: moving about does make a difference! People who sit in the same chair all day, glued to their computer screens, will soon find themselves rusting like Dorothy’s Tin Man. Keep those joints from seizing up with regular changes of position. Do leg stretches under your desk or go for a walk in your lunch break. Your greatly improved mood will make it worth it.
3. Leave the office at the office! – Switch off completely when work is over for the day
Is that work project really progressing as planned? If you can’t stop thinking about work in your free time, you are wasting your opportunity to recharge properly. When you get home, you should try to switch off and enjoy the good things in life – leave work at work!
4. Take a deep breath – make sure you get enough fresh air
It sounds simple because it is: Opening the windows in your office may not seem like a particularly imaginative piece of advice but it is still a good one! Fresh air in the office helps clear the fog from your thought processes and helps you to concentrate. When you find it helps make you work more efficiently, you will soon find yourself having more fun.
5. Keep your door open – talk to your colleagues
Of course, you don’t have to be friends with everyone you work with. Nevertheless, talking regularly with your co-workers can make working with them more fun. People who pass the time of day pleasantly with others feel closer to the people around them and find their mood improves.
6. One step at a time – set interim goals
Achieving work or project goals can be a long process. Keep your motivation up by breaking the overall goal down into several interim goals. This not only helps you keep track of your progress, it allows you to steadily tick off individual targets that have been met – each one a cause for celebration.
7. Maintain a positive outlook – don’t forget to smile
Even when you have to concentrate on work and maintain focus – you shouldn’t forget to smile. Smiling doesn’t mean you aren’t working hard but it does mean that you radiate positive vibes and energy. If you take a moment to smile every so often, you will find you are more relaxed in stressful situations and that the general mood at work is better.
8. You bet …? – provide for some light-hearted motivation
The daily grind is often made up of tasks that workers can do standing on their heads. To make them a little bit more fun, you can set yourself little challenges or compete with colleagues to see who can do them fastest. Chasing the title of fastest on the shop floor is a fun way to motivate yourself and others.
9. “How does that work?” – Stay curious. We are all born with an innate sense of curiosity
Children are constantly trying out new things and learning as a result. Why should we stop when we are grown up? The reason is usually because we don’t have time. All the same, you should try and maintain a sense of childlike curiosity. Try asking your colleagues about their working day or your boss about training opportunities and new responsibilities. You will be seen to be showing an interest and ensuring more variety in your day. After all, variety is the spice of life!
10. See things afresh – try to look at things from a different perspective
Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut. The only way to get out of it is to approach the situation from a new angle. Instead of waking up and thinking: “Help, what is waiting for me at work today?” you could try thinking: “Today, I’m going to get loads done again”. That is all it takes to see things from a different perspective. That can help you master any situation with aplomb.
What can you do when nothing helps?
Of course, very few jobs are a barrel of laughs every day. Nevertheless, stress and low mood should not constantly dominate the work climate. If you feel that none of our tips can improve the situation, perhaps you should think about looking for a new job. However, it is important that you grab the initiative yourself! Drowning in self-pity every day helps no one. You have to get active to get out of a rut.