Dissatisfaction in a job can be crippling, not just in our careers but in our personal life and mental well-being as well. If you’re searching for some tips for finding happiness at work, read on.
Previously on The Methodology Blog, we discussed 37 Ways to Be Happier at Work. The original article posted by The Muse provides suggestions on areas of work that can be improved by utilizing specific tips and techniques. I’ve touched upon several different suggestions the article makes in part one of this series, so today I’d like to cover a few more. Below are another handful of the ideas, both good and bad, that I’d like to highlight for specific reasons. Check them out along with further commentary.
Suggestions for Finding Happiness at Work:
#17. Set Aside 20 Minutes a Day for Personal Tasks
We all have personal responsibilities to attend to. But sometimes, those pressing thoughts gnaw away at your brain, and anxiety soon follows. So, consider taking just 20 minutes per day to accomplish a couple of pressing personal tasks.
Establishing a work/life balance is vital to our mental and emotional state. No matter how important work is in your life, it should not interfere in your personal affairs. By taking time out each day to focus in on your personal and/or your family’s needs, you are apt to find satisfaction and comfort in how you are managing and balancing your active and complicated world.
#18. Remember Your Value
Former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief and career expert Kate White suggests : “When you’re burnt out, it’s hard to remember why you’re doing what you do. Take some time to step back and think about past projects and achievements you’re proud of and how they’ve changed the company in a positive way. Then, map out a plan to take those accomplishments to the next level by developing a new set of goals you can get excited about. You should always have a goal (or three) to keep you motivated about how you can bring more value to your employer—and your resume.”
Feeling valued and respected at work is especially important, not only for the employee but for the office as well. So, if you are experiencing a cycle of negativity that devalues the work you’re doing, perhaps it’s time you have a conversation with you boss. And if that doesn’t work, consider the next tip below.
#37. Get a New Job
Leaving a job that makes you unhappy can be crucially important for your mental and emotional well-being. If you feel truly disengaged and unfulfilled from your work, chances are it’s time to move on.
If your job is simply not the right fit and despite your efforts, your dissatisfaction never improves, it’s time to go elsewhere. Don’t just settle because you think there is nothing else out there. Explore your options and soon you will find that happiness at work can and does exist.
Suggestions in Need of Caution:
#34. Plan to Take a Workcation
If you don’t want to disconnect completely, consider taking a workcation. Workcations involve working remotely from another place, whether that’s Hawaii, Iceland, Russia, or your backyard. You still stay connected to the office and get work done, you just do so while basking in the sun. How could that not make you happy?
This tip is troublesome for two reasons. First, the suggestion makes it sound as if those who telecommute (aka work remotely) are on vacation. To clarify a bit, people who are logged in and working from home (or wherever else) are in fact working. And no matter the destination, when you’re checking emails, partaking in conference calls or updating project work, enjoying your “getaway” is pretty much impossible. When you choose to take a vacation, it’s to rest, relax and rejuvenate. How are you supposed to do this if you’re always logged on? Think about it.
#35. Start a Side Project
Side projects give you the opportunity to explore a new interest that you don’t have time for while at work. They can make all the difference when it comes to feeling happy and productive—or bored and disinterested. Brainstorm the side project you want to take up this weekend—and get going!
I’m a project hound so don’t get me wrong, the last thing I would do is discourage people from picking up a new hobby or project on their free time. But, if you’re unhappy at work, chances are you are also stressed. Perhaps you are overwhelmed with your workload or find that your need for multitasking is creating a massive amount of exhaustion. If this sounds about right, maybe rather than starting a side project, you wrap-up ones you’ve been wanting to finish but haven’t had a chance to. Whether you have a written or mental “To Do” list, alleviating outstanding projects from your mind can bring even more elation than adding another cool one to your plate.