A Facebook friend posted this picture recently, and it got me thinking about how much we look forward to the weekend, only to get to Saturday worried that it will be over sooner than we had anticipated! You struggle through the week days, and by Wednesday you have had it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job–it is exciting and challenging all at once, and every single day is a puzzle on its own but I can’t help wishing I could have a longer weekend. You would think that would make any difference. There were days when I was between jobs and I had a lot of free time, in fact much more than I would have wanted…I have never felt any more useless than I did that time (and it wasn’t because I did not have cash flowing in). I realized then that the problem is not the jobs, we need those to keep us sane. It is the way we work, the way we do the jobs we do daily! Work doesn’t have to feel like a chore, it is something we will probably do for 80% of our time on earth! I found a few ways to make work less of a drag.
1. Learn something new and interesting.
This may be a new skill related to or totally unrelated to your job. Failure to enjoy your job is mostly caused by boredom and a feeling of stagnation. Taking up a new challenge gives you something to look forward to every single day. You won’t feel like your whole life is being taken up by the job, you will feel like you have ‘regained’ your control over it. We love to feel in control of our lives, there’s satisfaction and joy in it.
2. Get a life.
Find something you like to do and actually do it. Don’t let your life be only about the job, you will end up resenting it forgetting all the pairs of shoes it bought you. It is a way to reward yourself after a long day at work. It will seem like your daily light at the end of the tunnel.
3. Switch work off when you get home
Carrying work home doesn’t make you a hard worker, it just shows that you have poor time management or that you do not value your time. It enslaves you and before you know it, it’s a habit. Work will be there the next day and the next. Just utilise the 8-or-something hours you have at work to finalise with everything you have for the day. When off duty, do something outside work that makes you happy.
4. Get yourself motivated on your way to work.
My drill is music. I play music as I take my shower, dress up, and all the way to work. You will be surprised what music can do, especially for us who wake up in Hitler mode! Some people listen to inspirational talks while others have an early morning work out to get them started. Whatever it is, do something to get you in the mood for the day. Even if your day ends up sucking, you will have at least had a few minutes of happiness.
5. Take regular breaks while at work.
At regular intervals, step away from that desk, focus your gaze on anything but that computer screen. Breaks as short as five minutes will do wonders for your health and your psych. Of course don’t be a child about it, constantly moving up and down is mental retardation behaviour…there may be a drug for that, I’m not sure.
6. Contribute towards creating a pleasant work place for everyone.
Don’t be negative. Don’t be the person to run to when one needs the latest gossip or needs someone to gossip about someone with. That toxic energy goes around but always comes back around. Karma is a bitch like that!