It is possible to be happier at work. You job doesn't have to be something you complain about and dread. You can make the most of it as long as you spend enough time studying the types of jobs and choose wisely.
Here are some of the bigger ideas I have used to enjoy my work.
Getting more organized in any area of your life will always improve your mood. And a mood improvement at work is a good thing.
The more organized you are at work, the better you are going to do and this will equal more happiness.
It will it least equal less frustration, less fighting deadlines and less stress.
It is so nice to walk into your office, cube or work space and see a clear desk, organized paperwork, an email inbox that is not overflowing and all your work essentials nicely placed for your maximum productivity.
The good feeling of happiness sometimes comes with an absence of bad feelings.
If you have any hope of doing well at your job, making more money and feeling like you are earning your pay, making a contribution and want to stay employed, you will see the value in being more organized.
Many people resist the idea of getting more organized in what they do for living.
Some of the excuses are:
These excuses are all wrong. Being organized, neat, orderly and on top of things is a more satisfying way to approach your work. It can help you advance in your career. It can help you to stay employed. You will be happier at work the more organized you get.
Getting more work done will make your days at work more enjoyable. And it is just the right thing to do.
I have a lot of paperwork to deal with as well as a lot of emails. Some days my desk is piled high. Even now, I still have stacks of papers to review, process, comment on and deal with.
I don't worry so much about keeping my desk totally clear. I just want to have some space to work on the priorities and deal with issues in a timely manner.
The desk set-up is similar to everyone in the building. It is an efficient set-up for most people. How I placed things was my idea after decades of work.
Per Penelope Trunk -
Some interesting thoughts on the link between career success, getting organized and how to be happier at work.
In spite of the constant rhetoric from slave driving types exhorting us to work harder, work longer, get to work earlier, stay later, take your work home with you, stay connected to work 24.7, that good work is the most important thing and if you find the right career you will never work a day again in your life...the most important benefit of any job is the amount of time off.
No matter how much you like or even love your work, no matter how important career success is to you, or how important your work seems to be...your life is only as good as the amount of time you aren't working. Work less be happier with more time off.
Good Benefits to Look For
The more generous these benefits, the more you will like working for whoever you are working for...maybe even yourself.
These are the types of benefits you most need to concern yourself when looking for work. Time off from work will contribute to your quality of life like nothing else.
You can love your work doing it only 40 hours a week with 12 paid holidays, 5 personal days, 3 to 5 weeks of vacation, a day a week working from home, and sick leave allowances so you can take your kids to their appointments and actually stay home when you are run-down and sick.
I think the 40 hour work week will have to be scaled down at some point. It seems to be a relic of factory work where the owners had to give up two 12 hour shifts a day to three 8 hour shifts.
Why else would it be 8 hours?
Think of how good you feel when you leave work a little early each day.
I work four 9 hour days and one 4 hour day. I love that 4 hour day. I usually work at a furious pace on that day, getting a lot done. A shorter days means you will be more productive.
What if every day you left early?
The better you get at your job, the more you are well respected as the expert, the more freedom you will enjoy to do your work, your way.
You will be happier at work and look forward to Monday the better you get at your job.
More freedom equals more happiness.
Doing things your way equals more happiness too.
The better you get at your work, the more likely you will make more money and be more secure in your employment.
The more you know the more your co-workers, supervisors and upper management leave you alone to get things done.
I love to be left alone at work and do what I know is best.
Just think of the opposite of being good at your work.
This is what a person who is no good at their job goes through
The worst thing about being bad at what you do and in a bad field for your skills is that bad people will make your life miserable. You cannot be happier at work if you are not good at what you do.
Even with all the time off, you will be at your job more than anywhere else. You will be happier at work if what you are doing all those hours each day, each week, each month for years on end is something that you kind of like.
These hours can be somewhat enjoyable if you feel you are contributing to something.
That is why you need to be mindful of types of work that are meaningful, where it is obvious that what you do is contributing to the good of the world.
It is not possible to be happy if what you are doing you hate. Duh.
It needs to be real...to you.
Some types of work seem to be made up work, of no importance, irrelevant, boring, tedious, and even stupid to me. But if they aren't to you, if the work makes you happy...go for it.
I like the civil engineering field. It seems real to me. I feel like I am contributing to a better world. I feel like civil engineers make the world a far better place and I am happy to be doing my part.
But it is not the only career path.
Sometimes my mind is blown when I hear what other people do.
Which brings me to my last point, if you aren't happier at work with the job you are in now...move on, quit, keep looking.
You may have to keep changing jobs over and over again until you find one that suits you and that you can be happy and successful at work.
You may find one that suits you for a period of time...months, years, a decade or more...only to eventually grow stale, get tired of it, grow out of it or the job may die itself.
You need to be able to make changes...big changes until you are in the high quality career that will move your life to the next level.
I am on my 6th full time job over the last 25 years. Some of my friends from high school and college are still on their first. Some have had 2 or 3.
Maybe in the younger generation this is not that many jobs. But for me, it seems about right.
I count it as 6. Maybe others would count a different way.
Some people like to job hop. That might be successful for some. Whenever I have job hopped, I usually lost out on something. The cost of moving. The loss of benefits like vacation time. Stress.
Pros of Changing Jobs
Cons of Changing Jobs
I changed jobs because I grew tired of the job I had and wanted something more.
In that way, I succeeded. I learned a lot from each move. I don't miss any of the old jobs. I more of less fall in love with the job I am in until something happens to make me want to move on.
And I am not afraid of moving on.
Change is good. Even if you don't think so. I want to be happier at work so I keep making changes until I am.