Tips for Being Happy at Work

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Tuesday’s London Metro (11th June 2013) reported that only 59% of british adults are happy at work, with workers sitting through an average of 9,000 hours of wasted time in meetings in their lifetime. Surprisingly, teachers appear to be the happiest workers in Britain, with 83% saying they love their job – who would have thought people are happier by going back to school, eh?! Whatever your job title, whether it be working from home on an online magazine or in the sky as an Air Hostess, it is extremely important to feel content in your working environment.  

Here are 8 tips to help you look forward to waking up for work:

1.  Try to wake up between an hour and 45 minutes ahead of time.  This will allow you to have a bit of time to yourself and stop you from being in a rush.  

2.  Keep your workspace tidy.  By separating tasks into different days you will feel less stressed and positive in being able to manage a heavy workload.  

3.  Make lists.  Even if you aren’t the typical ‘list maker’, at least try it out!  Lists allow you to know exactly what you’re meant to be doing and what order to do things in, aside from the buzz you get every time you tick something off! 

4.  If you can afford to, have a separate mobile phone which you only use to contact people for non work-related reasons.  Being able to switch off and have a catch up with friends, take some photos or play around on a pointless yet addictive gaming App will help you to stay calm without being disturbed.  

5.  Smile! 98% of people will return your smile, and it has been proved that the more you smile, the more positive you become. 

6.  Don’t be afraid to have a face-to-face conversation with a colleague instead of emailing them from metres away!  57% of workers have said they find all staff emails irritating, so if you can reduce the amount of emails in their inbox by having a normal conversation, it is likely they will return the favour! 

7.  Don’t just spend the day looking at the clock! Even if your job is incredible tedious, focus on what you are doing and give it your all.  You may be surprised by how much you get into something! Even though we work to live, seeing as we spend most days working, it will be extremely beneficial if you try hard enough so that you feel proud and can reward yourself at the end of the day.  

8.  Try as hard as you can to get a job in a field you want to work in! In today’s society, more and more people are settling with an unwanted career just for the money – but why should you get good at what you don’t want to be doing when you could work that little bit harder for a job you desperately want! Gaining your ideal job is becoming decreasingly common, however if you try hard enough – your time will come! 

(Image source: We Heart It)

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