Work doesn't have to be a drag. With these 10 ways to have a good day at work, you can be happy and productive at work.
Preparation is the key to a successful day
1. Prepare Your Stuff the Night Before
It takes longer to get ready in the morning (when you're still half-asleep) than it does the night before (when you're sleepy but not yet in Zombie mode).
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Is it difficult for you to decide what to wear? If this is the case, prepare your outfit for the next day as part of your bedtime ritual.
Do you go to the gym before going to work? Pack your gym bag before you go to sleep (you could even lay your gym shoes and socks next to your bed if you want to make your life super easy).
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2. Get up 15-30 minutes earlier
If you followed the first step, you should have an extra 15-30 minutes in the morning, but let's double that. The way you start your day can make or break it, so give yourself plenty of time to get off to a good start.
3. Begin the day with some sunshine and deep breathing
Do you have a headache? That will not last long. No matter how cold it is, drag yourself outside to soak up some rays of sunshine. The sun's rays will improve your mood, increase your alertness, boost your immunity, and help you sleep better at night. Take 10 deep breaths in and out while you're out there to start your day calm and cool.
4. Seek Positive Feedback
Inspiration is a wonderful (but ephemeral) thing. Because you can't expect to be inspired and stay inspired indefinitely, set aside 10 or 15 minutes to read a book, watch a video, or listen to a podcast that inspires you. It will be much easier to have a good day if you fill your mind with positive thoughts before leaving for work.
5. Get Psyched Up During Your Drive
Don't be one of the many people who squander the valuable asset of commuting (or riding) to work. If you listen to the news (dreadful thing where they never have anything positive to say), expect to be in a bad mood that you can't get out of your head. Listen to music that makes you happy and excited instead (if it makes you belt out a tune or shake your butt, this is a good sign). Unless you enjoy listening to the same thing over and over, don't rely on the radio. Make your own ‘Get Psyched' playlist, save it to your iPod or burn it to a CD, and update it every month or two to keep things fresh.
Have a Successful Day at Work: Execution
6. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer
I know, I know: your job would be fantastic if it weren't for the %&@ing customers.
While some customer behavior is vexing (as demonstrated above), be patient with all customers. Consider your expectations when dining out, shopping, or calling a customer service hotline for assistance. Now, look in the mirror and ask yourself if you're meeting your customers' expectations. If not, it's time to get in shape. Just because you're tired or grumpy doesn't mean a paying customer should be treated poorly.
7. Complete the Most Important Task First
Choose one of the following options and complete it first:
- The task with the tightest deadline (if its importance trumps all else, act accordingly)
- The task that causes the most stress (if you're going to be dreading it all day, get it done)
- The task that will require the most time and effort (because then the rest will seem easy in comparison)
Avoid checking your email more than once every few hours. If they truly require your assistance, they will contact you. Starting and stopping a task wastes time and creates an overwhelming feeling, so get the important things done without distraction.
8. Remind Yourself of Why You Do What You Do
No matter how well you prepare, there is no escaping the fact that all work can be extremely stressful at times. If you're feeling so stressed that you want to rip your hair out and run out the door screaming:
Get away from here! (preferably outside but anywhere you can be alone in a quiet place works)
Please close your eyes.
Massage your forehead (because I'm sure it's tense).
deep inhales and exhales 5 deep inhales and exhales
After you've completed all of that, remind yourself why you go to work. What role does your job play in the grand scheme of your life? Whether you're working to support your family, to help your customers, to gain experience, or for any other reason, remember why you're there and recognize that the stress of the day is a temporary setback that you'll forget about before you know it.
9. Concentrate on the Positive
It's no surprise that you're stressed and unhappy if you spend your workday spreading gossip and thinking negative thoughts. I know it's all too easy for negativity to creep in, so set a goal for yourself: for every negative thought/feeling/saying, there should be three positive thoughts/feelings/sayings.
It will make you feel better (even if you have to fake it!). Speaking of smiles, click here to learn about the 9 surprising benefits of laughter.
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Law of Reversed Effort: By putting in the least amount of effort in the beginning, you will be able to accomplish your goal in the end! If you miss out on the crucial first step to doing something, you will find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere; no closer to your goal, no better off than your previous state, and much more frustrated than when you started. So, when trying to accomplish anything new, give it your all right from the beginning and you will be rewarded with a big accomplishment and a sense of satisfaction. Read more.
Universal Truths: This article will be about some universal truths. Something that can be applied to any time, place, or situation. So, let's get started. The first universal truth is that of all people, you are the most important. The second universal truth is that of everything, you are the most important. This statement may seem confusing, but I assure you this is indeed a universal truth. Now, let's apply this to a specific situation. For example, let's assume that you are being chased by bank robbers. And, you are trying to avoid getting hurt by these robbers. Now, what do you do? Now, this may sound silly, but the bank robbers are more important than you are. Because, by being more important, you are able to get away from harm. Because these robbers are more important than you are. Read more.
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Selective Listening: Selective listening is a phenomenon in which we hear only what we want to hear and tune out the rest. It is a subconscious reaction to data and words we do not wish to process. The selective listener could be at a business meeting, in a classroom, or even in a casual conversation with friends and family. The problem is that when we selectively listen, we miss out on opportunities and we fail to hear information that we need to know. To combat selective listening, we must take a conscious effort to listen to everything and everyone and not be caught up in our own worlds. Look up to see people and not down at your phone or phone book. Turn off the TV and computer and pay attention! Read more.
You have heard it all before: "Live life to the fullest", "follow your dreams", "be who you are" and "if it is meant to be, it will be". These are all wonderful quotes that are meant to help you live a happy life but they miss the point. Our lives are interconnected with each other and with the world.
No matter how hard you think you try, there’s always going to be a certain level of stress in your life. And when stress gets out of hand, it can start to negatively affect your life. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There are some easy steps you can take to improve your life in the long run, and we’ve found a few that can help you enjoy a better life and get rid of stress.