Five Steps to Enjoying Your Job
In Personal Business By davidporter

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Making work more than just the daily grind.


Sure, you wish you were independently wealthy, but you’re not… not yet anyways.  And until you get there, you’re going to have to work.  So why not enjoy your job?


#1: Do Your Best – No matter what it is you do, excel at it!  A little extra effort will let you take pride in what you do.  Working hard to go the extra mile even on simple tasks will make you feel good about your work and will help you love your job.


#2: Challenge Yourself – Even the same old boring work can be livened up a little if you just challenge yourself.  Yes, you know exactly how to prepare that document you’re assigned.  But can you do it better, faster, more efficient?  Can you learn something new that will make you more productive?  Don’t just do a good job, show everyone (including yourself) how awesome you can be.  Bosses always love that extra initiative anyway.


#3: Make Friends – Don’t be a loner.  Sure, not everyone at work is going to be your new best friend, but there have got to be a least a couple friendly people around.  Start out by saying hi, or asking for an opinion.  When someone opens up, you’ve got a new work friend, sure to perk you right up.


#4: Get Stress Under Control – Stress is the mass murderer of being happy at work.  Don’t let it get you too!  You can kill it first if you’re proactivetake little breaks when you’re feeling overwhelmed.  Be reasonable with how much you demand of yourself, and use your off time to RELAX!  If you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up.  Learn from it.  Simply, acknowledge and proceed to finding the right process that won’t allow for that same mistake to occur.  And if someone loses their cool with you about whatever, don’t take it personal.  Just learn to be resilient, and keep on moving.


#5: Have Fun – No, this is not an oxymoron!  You can, in fact, have fun at work.  Fight boredom at all costs.  Find joy in the little things.  Tasks completed, learning a new skill.   All good stuff to dwell on. Remember to laugh (even at yourself).  It never hurts to maintain your sense of humor even on the job.


In full time jobs, you spend a third of your Monday through Friday lives at work.  Some jobs it’s even more time than that.  That’s a huge time commitment to spend not enjoying something.  So instead of dreading the 9 to 5, remember, it’s a paycheck, and more importantly a start to advance to where you want to go in your career.  And try a few of these tips to enjoy your job and worklife. You’ll be smarter for it in the end…

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