By Damilola Faustino
Let’s face it, at one point or another, you have struggled to be happier at work. Finding happiness at work can be a daunting task, especially if your colleagues (superior or subordinates) are the reason for the lack of happiness. Not finding joy while at work will translate into less enjoyable free time and a less enjoyable life. It’s important to remember that if you’re struggling at work, you’re not alone. If you’re feeling a bit bogged down by the daily grind, try these 6 ways to dig yourself out of that rut, and be happier at work.
Make small talk
There’s no law stating you can’t create a meaningful circle in the workplace. While there’s no need to tell your colleagues about the rager you recovered from this past weekend, opening up about your interests outside the office or learning about the hobbies of your coworkers can make for a more friendly work environment.
Hit pause on email
Okay, so it may be wise to first filter all emails from your boss or the client you’re working with, but after that, hone in on a project, and don’t check your email again until it’s done. If you find yourself checking your email more than a few times per hour, you may be unknowingly diminishing your productivity and making your projects take longer to complete by getting distracted from the task at hand.
Take lunch outside
Odds are when you’re busy at work, in order to avoid staying late, plenty of lunch hours are probably spent powering through food at your desk in between replying to emails. While this may seem more efficient than taking an extended break, consider the alternative lunchtime ritual: taking it outside. Getting outdoors during the workday exposes you to fresh air, elevating your mood and changing your scenery.
Learn something new
If you feel stuck in a rut, take some time to expand upon your existing knowledge, and make your job more creative. You don’t need to work at a bustling startup to feel that you’re constantly moving forward as long as you make learning and development a priority in and outside of work.
Find meaning in your work
This can be done on a walking break or during a quiet offline moment of reflection at your desk. No matter the motivation, dig deep and define the positive impact your company has on the world and how you are an important part of making that happen on a daily basis.
Get moving in the morning
Physical exercise releases endorphins and jumpstarts your metabolism helping you feel more alert. Why save it for after work? You can do a 30-minute jog, or do some light yoga or weights before you set off to work.
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