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It is very easy to get frustrated and depressed at work, especially if you either don’t enjoy what you do or your colleagues are mean. But, through it all, you cannot afford to quit, because man must chop. So how do you make working in an office a more pleasant experience for yourself? Check it out below:

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Arrive on time

One of the ways to be more positive at work is to arrive on time and by the same token, get a head start on your commute. Depending on the work you do and how structured your work environment is, there may or may not be demanded to arrive at a certain time.

Do not constantly check emails

Do not check e-mails first thing when you arrive nor constantly throughout the day. Instead, you should set aside one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon purely to read, check and respond to e-mails. That way, you can truly devote a dedicated chunk of time to e-mail communications and not feel so scattered by them.

Pace yourself

Frequent breaks, whether to your local coffee shop or walks outside, will reinvigorate you to help you tackle your workload with renewed concentration levels. It’s a fact that teens and healthy adults can remain focused for 40 minutes on a sustained task (depending on the task), but after that, your attention span wanes. The best remedy is to pace yourself and take frequent breaks. Your eyes will thank you too!

Avoid gossip

A lot of people don’t realize they’re gossiping at work. Aside from being aware it’s going on (as in it literally happens everywhere), try not to get too involved in gossip. Remember to treat others as you want to be treated yourself and by avoiding small talk, you’ll naturally be more positive and in tune with your higher self.


You can bounce ideas off fellow co-workers and brainstorm. This is because you cannot do it on your own. Note that there is more power and creativity in working together, than in individual work.

Do not get attached to outcomes

Try not to set your heart on the outcome of the work you do. The reality is possibly the best piece of career advice out there. First of all, you can’t control everything in life; instead, consciously work to surrender any attachments to the outcome of your work, and you’ll be surprised just how less anxious you’ll become. It may take time to detach yourself, so try working on it hour by hour, day by day, and over time, you’ll realize you won’t get so disappointed when things don’t turn out the way you expected them to, nor will you feel like a victim every time your boss blames you for something.

By Damilola Faustino

Read also: 6 Daily Practices That Boost Your Motivation

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