Keeping Balance at Work
At one time or another, whether you are new to your job or a long-time pro, you have complained about where you work. Maybe it’s the people you work with, the clients, or maybe the job itself. Regardless, once those thoughts enter your mind, it’s tough to let them go.
I speak from experience, since it wasn’t too long ago that I could not stand where I worked. Every single day was a pride swallowing siege, something I would never want to see any person go through. Can you just pick up and quit? Sure. But, if you have responsibilities like paying the mortgage and putting food on the table, telling your boss to “take this job and shove it,” isn’t exactly the smartest thing.
So what the heck should you do? Well, let me offer some advice:
1) Find something you truly like about the job– Maybe you are passionate about a project you are working on. Put your energy into making that project the best. Turn that negative energy into a positive.
2) Take short breaks throughout the day- Sitting at your desk for 8 hours straight isn’t good. Don’t always eat at your desk. The more time you spend inside those four walls will drive you batty. Get up and go for a walk. Work in the city? Step out to a food truck or Starbucks. Clear your head!
3) Accentuate the positive- Sure your boss is a knucklehead, but he’s your boss. Think about YOUR future while focusing on the task at hand. Take something from each experience and turn it into an opportunity down the road.
4) Blog- Wow, that was simple right? In all seriousness, writing can be a great part of keeping balance. Sometimes at our most frustrating points, typing/writing can bring great relief. It has worked for me numerous times.
5) Talk it out- Whether it’s a trusted co-worker or your significant other, take a moment to vent. Now, I’m not talking about discussing everything from your first day on the job until now. Tell a friend your predicament. You never know the great advice you may get.
What do you like about where you work? What keeps you there if you aren’t motivated/happy/fulfilled? Let me know in the comments.