9 smart habits to stay positive at work
Are you getting bogged down in the daily grind of work? Starting to feel de-motivated? We can all feel like this at some point but it is important to stay positive when you’re ‘on the job’. Not all employers give you the vote of confidence or give praise where praise is due.
Here are a few smart habits that can help give you the ‘get up and go’ you need when the alarm goes off at 6am.
Develop your skills
Stuck in a rut? Not sure whether the job is for you anymore? When you’re feeling deflated it’s hard to stay positive at work. Maybe it’s time to see what skills you can learn and develop within the accountabilities you already have. Think about brushing up on areas where you could improve such as your sales technique or knowledge of technical software.
Setting yourself a new challenge is a great way of getting your mind engaged, and when you’ve mastered the skill, why not share it with your team? Doing so will reinforce your knowledge and you’ll feel a sense of gratification by helping others at the same time.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
If you’ve got a lot on your plate it can be over facing and you may find it difficult to prioritise tasks and achieve what you want to. Try not to commit to something unless you can deliver – that way you won’t get that pang of frustration when you have to give back word.
If you’re overwhelmed, ask your colleagues to help – share the workload or delegate to someone who can complete the task. A problem shared is a problem halved!
Stay in the loop
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re not in the loop at work. Your manager isn’t going to hold your hand. It’s your responsibility to learn the information you need to do your job.
Don’t wait for your manager to come to you, take initiative and set your own goals and objectives that will enable you to move forward. Proactively arrange meetings with your line manager to demonstrate your progress – saying it out loud will create such a great sense of achievement and positivity.
Take regular breaks
Most of us work an average of eight hours a day. Whilst you are expected to be proactive and get the job done you can’t do that nonstop. Trying to work without a break means that each task you do will get a little sloppier as you lose focus and motivation.
Ensure that you take a short break every couple of hours. Step away from your desk, get some air, by the time you come back you’ll feel refreshed and be ready to get your head straight back into work.
Leave work at work
I know, easier said than done but it really is important to keep a healthy work-life balance. If you’ve done a full day’s work, go home and do more work, you’re not going to be overly enthusiastic about going back to work the following day. Get some rest and exercise your mind with something else; go to the gym, enjoy your hobbies – do whatever it takes to distract yourself.
If you don’t complete a task that day make it a priority for the next morning, but leave it at work. The more you put it out of your mind, the more rejuvenated you’ll feel each morning when it’s time to step back in the office.
Socialise with your colleagues
When the clock strikes 5pm, you’re often more than ready to go home, but don’t let this attitude take over. If some of your team are going out for dinner or drinks, go along every now and again. This helps build a community in the workplace and you’ll feel more connected to your colleagues.
You’re spending 8 hours a day with these people talking ‘shop’ – take some time to get to know them on a personal level – it can help improve your working environment when you’ve got a wider spectrum of conversation than just work work work.
Don’t beat yourself up
If you make a mistake, digest it and then let it go. Everyone makes mistakes. What you must do is learn from what went wrong and move on. Take comfort in the fact that people won’t remember it for long, and use it to push yourself to do better next time.
When you finish a difficult project or a particular task, treat yourself. It’s just as important to reward yourself for your accomplishments. Ticking something off your ‘To Do’ list feels good but if you reward yourself, even with something small, you’ll be proud of yourself and want to accomplish more.
Surround yourself with positive people
Stay away from colleagues who bring negative energy into your workplace. It can be difficult to avoid people if you work in close proximity, but try and make your interactions with them positive and keep upbeat. You never know it may rub off on them!
We spend too long at work not to enjoy it – so put your positive pants on and get yourself ready to face the day!