How to ‘Love your Job’
We can all have those days when we feel defeated or unmotivated at work, but here are a few ideas to ensure you ‘love your job’ as much as you can-
Focus on the positive aspects
When you are feeling inspired and excited about your job, write down the pros and all those things that keep you turning up each day! So when you are feeling less motivated at work, reflect back on these pros and remember why you wrote them in the first place. Whether it be good career path, on-the-job training and self-development, free breakfast, early finish on a Friday or you enjoy a joke or two with your desk buddy, these can help you reaffirm your reasons to be in this role and hopefully realise it might not be that tough when you feel down.
Make a to do list
A sense of achievement can be a very powerful motivator! So when those less interesting jobs and tasks need to be completed, write them all down and cross them off when you have achieved them. This way you feel like you have accomplished something and should feel a sense of satisfaction in doing so – well done!
Change what you can
Are you finding your work too hard or struggling to keep up with your workload? Ask for help by working out how much of your time is spent on certain tasks to highlight the areas you may need support with.
Are you bored and find yourself scrolling Facebook on your phone just to keep yourself entertained? Ask for more duties or a new challenge to keep you occupied and your mind active on your job rather than twiddling your thumbs. Use your initiative and think about how you can add value to your work or by using your spare time to help others with their workload. Can you ask for, or set yourself targets? This can help your focus and make you strive for better results.
Improve work conditions
Declutter your desk to make you feel like you are working in a clean and organised environment enabling you to have more focus and increased productivity to finish tasks.
If you are unhappy in your work space, such as you struggle to concentrate sat next to the office gossip, see if there is another work space you can move to, or put your headphones in to take you to a more relaxing place listening to some music which can help facilitate divergent thinking.
A 2017 study by Simone Ritter, at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and Sam Ferguson, at the University of Technology in Sydney, looked at how listening to various types of music affected different types of thinking compared to working in silence. They concluded that music listening may be useful to promote creative thinking in inexpensive and efficient ways in various scientific, educational and organizational settings, especially when creative thinking is needed.
If you are feeling isolated or lonely at work, try to develop relationships at work to make your day more enjoyable. By asking people if they want a coffee, or what plans they have for the weekend will help build rapport with colleagues and you will see this grow from strength to strength as time goes on.
Step away from your desk
Whether it be for your lunch break, your 3pm coffee or your morning stroll to grab some breakfast, a break from your desk and work will allow your brain to rest. Resting physically and mentally will revive you for your jobs in hand, allowing you to work at your optimum level when you return to your desk. A break will help you refocus, approach the task in a new way and may even inspire you, increasing productivity.
It is a known fact that exercise releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body and can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. So if you can, get to the gym on your lunch break, or go for a run in the morning to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and help to keep you fit and healthy.
It is also important to recharge your batteries by taking a break away from the office. By booking a holiday, mini break or just time off to relax home will allow you to step away from any negative feelings you might be having towards your job.
It seems we are increasingly putting additional pressure on ourselves to achieve greater results, so achieving a good work-life balance proves to be more difficult. Work-life balance means prioritizing between work (career and ambition) and your lifestyle (health, pleasure, leisure and family).
A healthy work-life balance allows time for work and other aspects of your life.
It is important to schedule activities and social plans outside of work hours, such as the cinema, meals and activities such as tennis/football/golf/walks. If you find yourself working till the late hours each night and feeling run down and stressed, you should diarise a social activity to ensure you leave work on time and focus on taking the time to look after yourself by exercising, eating well and relaxing to limit your health problems and make you a more efficient worker during business hours.
Re-evaluate your goals
If you are constantly feeling like you are not achieving your goals, why not try to rejuvenate your original goals in order to make them more realistic and rekindle your passion to succeed in reaching them.
For example, if you want to become Team Manager at a recruitment agency, but realistically this would not happen for another two years, aim for something than will help you reach the overall goal, such as a Principle Consultant. Then you can have a more immediate target to aim towards, which can pick your spirits up when you might feel de-motivated.
If you are still not enjoying your role at work, sit down and talk to a peer or your manager and be honest with your feelings. See what they can do to help you. Whether it be more training, moving roles, moving teams, more responsibility, a pay rise or more perks, hopefully you can look forward to coming into work each day. It could be that you agree a new role at another company would be the best solution to ensure you enjoy your job.
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