WORKPLACE SUCCESS / 18 March 20195 Ultra-Effective Ways to Work Smarter, not Harder
1. Take Pride in what you do.
To be happy with your job it is important to be proud of the good or services you provide. Whether you’re in landscape or sales or even tossing fries at McDonalds. You play an important role in your company and they hired you for reason. You have to value the work you do just like your company values you.
One could even go as far and say that you were hired because the company liked you in your interview and that says a lot. A key factor could have been the air of confidence you gave. Showing your future employer you believed this job was where you wanted to be, so be there and be your best.
2. See the bigger picture.
This can go hand in hand with taking pride in your job. Jobs are just like cogs in a machine, a machine that doesn’t work if one part is missing. That part is you. In order for somebody else to do their job, you have to do yours and the better you do your job, the better next person can. Don’t look at day to day activities as a chore because they aren’t. They are pieces of the puzzle that, when combined, create a beautiful picture.
With the little stuff out of the way you can then set goals for your future. Having goals makes will make your big-picture thinking much more actionable, setting you up for success. Not only do goals give you the ability to see the progress you are making, it allows for a sense of achievement. It gives you something work towards followed by something to celebrate!
3. Make some friends!
American Time Use survey found that employed persons between the ages of 25-54 spend an average of 8.7 hours working or in work-related activities and 7.7 hours sleeping. That’s over 16 hours of our 24 hour day. For heaven’s sake you spend most of your waking hours with these people you might as well get to know them.
Finding common ground is a great way to make an initial connection but try to avoid over-sharing. Just like any relationship, start slow. At first, try and steer clear of romantic relationships and be mindful of personal space. Grab lunch, or some coffee, or anything around during lunch/breaks. This will give you something to talk about and establish a connection that you can advance to weekend or evening kickbacks. Not to mention it gives you another reason to enjoy going to work!
4. Be healthier!
One easy way to boost your happiness and health is drinking tea. Tea leaves are rich in an amino acid called theanine. Research suggests that this amino acid has an increased number of neurotransmitters, which calm and reduce anxiety. They also modulate our dopamine and serotonin levels, which are responsible for making us ‘feel good’.
If that wasn’t enough, tea is full of antioxidants to keep your body functioning at its peak. Not only does it boost your immune system it can also reduce your risk of heart attack and strokes.
You can read about more benefits of tea here: 10 health benefits of drinking tea
5. Be happier at home.
Do not, under any circumstance, bring your problems to work. If you have build a happy work space (using steps 1-4) the only thing left is to improve your life outside the office. Having a good workspace goes hand-in-hand with being happy at home.
If you’re unhappy at home try doing something new. Get comfortable with the fact that anything worth doing is worth doing badly. You aren’t going to be an expert at hardly anything on the first try and surprisingly that can be hard to wrap the mind around. The only way to get better is through trial and error, embrace this and you’re well on your way to being a much happier person.
One final tip for being happy is to treat yourself. You worked hard for that paycheck an now it’s time to reward yourself. Get something that can last that you’ll be able to use or appreciate more than once. A vacation or a nice camera (or both) are two great ways to create memories that will last a lifetime.
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