Whether in work or in personal life, everyone wants to be happy most of the time. As we spend our waking day mainly at work, we might as well enjoy it and be happy while being employed. Here are some of my personal tips to be happier at work basing from my years of working in an office environment.
1. Your job description is not written in stone
Notice that line: “And any other tasks that may be assigned by superior”? You have to accept for yourself that today’s businesses are highly flexible and so do the people who run it. This could mean that you may be handling tasks which are out of your scope or things you did not sign up for. Just be glad that you have the opportunity of taking new responsibilities and eventually learning from them.
2. You will never please everyone
Your co-workers are the group of people that you spend most of your time with. People with different minds, beliefs and personalities. It would be very weird if everyone agrees on everything and everytime. The truth is, some people will never like you and that you will never care. When you stop pleasing everyone, you will have more focus on your work and what needs to be done.
3. You live two lives
Your personal life and work life. Try your best to make these two distinct and separate. Stop bringing into the office any negative thing from home and vice versa. This is probably easy to say but hard to do because of that work-life mixing that we are accustomed to. But at least you can try to dial it down. If you are losing happiness in your personal life, the worst thing you would want is to allow it to affect your job.
4. You are not perfect
Once in while you will commit mistakes even though you think you did the right thing. Mistakes make you learn, see yourself in hindsight and disrupt your complacency. It’s just part of the workplace ups and downs. So when you commit a blunder, live with it and move on.
5. Organize and prioritize
It’s 5 pm and you’re frustrated because you think that you have not done much for the day. You look back in the past 8 hours and saw that everything you did was a rush, a hectic juggling of tasks without finishing any of them. This routine takes away your energy and happiness. Instead, you can start your day by the habit of making a list of tasks in order of priority. Take time to organize your workspace or cubicle. In your computer, try to learn the organization features your email program has for you, like using flags, categories and folders to organize information.
6. Money is not always the issue
Although money could be a great motivating factor considering that you only get paid if you work, it is not the primary substitute for job happiness. For as long as the opportunity for advancement is there, even though you consider your present situation as underpaid or under employed, you can still love your job and be happy with it. What you can do now is do your best job and rewards will come later.
7. The door is always open
If you have experienced the daily grind workplace turmoil and you have realized you cannot bear it any longer, there is always a way out. Being happy is a very subjective experience and only you can choose your own happiness. The open door not only leads to a better job but may lead to a better career as well. Maybe this field that you have chosen is not right for you and you have to try other endeavors. Employment is a relationship and as with all other relationships, sometimes it may not work out.