If you're like most people, you spend the majority of your day at work. And if you're like most people, you'd probably like to feel as happy as possible while you're there. Happy, engaged employees are productive employees. An engaged employee can outperform a disengaged employee by 202 percent, according to Dale Carnegie Training, so you owe it to yourself to be passionate about your job.
Whether you work from home or in an office, tips from the pros can help you unlock your professional potential.
Do Your Least Favorite Work Tasks First
Test the “fun factor” rule and your day will feel a lot more productive.
Dr. Carol Kryder, Ph.D., and mental health expert told Woman’s Day that prioritizing from worst-to-best tasks helps most people feel more accomplished and self-disciplined. After all, it isn’t fair to eat dessert first.
Measure What Matters
Charts, lists, and measurements work. Bob Parsons, CEO of GoDaddy, wrote in his “16 Rules for Success in Business and Life in General” that measured metrics get results.
If you feel like you’ll never be able to get through everything on your agenda, you’re not measuring and prioritizing right. Sit down, make a chart, check it off and you’ll be surprised how accomplished you’ll feel.
Force A Sense of Purpose at Work
If your job is your calling, you’re very lucky. If not, there are ways you can help it align better with your core values.
Elizabeth Lombardo, author of “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness” suggests you focus on the good you promote within your job. If you work for a medical billing company, you’re contributing to healing. If you work in a restaurant, you’re helping nourish people. The secret isn’t finding the perfect job, it’s making the best of what you have.
Check Your Ego
An ego can be great for staying motivated, but if you’re too busy thinking about yourself, it could hurt your professional performance. Women's Day suggests that instead of thinking about what you can get out of a situation, think about how you can help others. Not only will they appreciate the gesture more, but it should also make you feel better to put their needs ahead of yours.
In fact, research from DePaul University found that people who put themselves last at work reported higher levels of happiness and job satisfaction than those who were self-centered.
Speed Up To Slow Down
Pace yourself throughout your day so that when it comes time to focus on something important there isn’t a backlog of distractions.
“Take regular breaks to recharge,” suggests Kryder. “People get more done in less time when they pace themselves because they conserve their energy and avoid burnout.”
For some people, checking social media during work hours can feel productive, but it isn't. Instead of looking at Facebook every 20 minutes thinking you're making progress on your goals – you aren't. By the time you read one post, all of your friends are posting again. It's a waste of time that could be better spent learning something new or tackling your least favorite task. At the end of the day, if you don't have anything nice to say about what happened during any given day, review why that may be by asking yourself these questions:
– Did I neglect my daily responsibilities?
– Did I commit to too many things and become overwhelmed as a result?
– Have I spent too much time on activities that didn't produce tangible results?
If your answer is yes, you're not alone – but there's always time to be proactive about making an improvement tomorrow. Remember, “Every day is a gift,” said Kryder. “Don't wait for grandiose expectations or motivation to get started. Just start somewhere and take it one step at a time.”
We know that the workday can often seem like an endless series of tasks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try these expert tips for wellness at work to help boost your mood and productivity throughout the day. Your company will thank you!