A few helpful tips on how to start enjoying the workplace today!
How to Enjoy Your Workplace
1. Give yourself Rewards
If you don’t love the things on the to-do list in front of you, try incentivizing yourself with basic bribery. Think along the lines of: “If I finish this report, then I can go get a cupcake from the place down the street,” or “I can go to happy hour with my friends tonight, but only if I finish making this presentation.”
2. Buy Yourself Some Flowers
Aside from the obvious fact that flowers are beautiful and smell amazing, they can also make you feel happier simply by looking at them. Flowers also promote creativity and brighten up a drab desk. So, go pick up a bouquet!
3. Create a Playlist to boost your mood
Music can seriously improve your mood (and productivity) when you’re having a bad day. So pull together some of your favorite songs and use the beats to keep you going through the day.
You might even think it’s slightly overrated, but that doesn’t mean its effects aren’t real. A study performed by Harvard Medical School and the Bender Institute of Neuroimaging in Germany found that participants who had never practiced meditation but began to experienced stronger emotional control. So, close your office door or pop in those noise-canceling headphones, set a timer for five or 10 minutes, close your eyes, and just breathe.
5. Get Moving!
Sometimes all it takes to boost your mood at work is a quick walk around the block. Walking is not only great for you physically, but it also lifts your mood. Grab that co-worker you’ve been meaning to talk to, and have an active outdoor meeting.