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how to take charge of your happiness at work

Updated: May 19

Four Proactive Habits to Make the Most of Your Workday

Do you ever feel stuck in the same stale routine at work? It’s easy to become disenchanted with your job when that happens, but taking charge of your happiness is possible – no matter your career path. In this post we'll look into a few of the ways you can reclaim control and proactively create a more enjoyable working experience for yourself. This article is designed for those who are done being passive when it comes to their work-life satisfaction. With some creative thinking and actionable tips, you can revolutionize how contented –and even passionate–you feel about where your career takes you each day!

1. Find Your Passion and Purpose at Work - Identity what draws you to your current job and focus on those aspects of the work to stay motivated.

Work demands much of your time, so much that it shouldn't just be a way to pay the bills--it should be meaningful and fulfilling. When you're able to find your passion and purpose at work, everything changes. You become energized and excited about your work, and you actually look forward to going into the office (or logging into your Zoom meetings).

Maybe you love solving complex problems, or maybe helping others gives you a feeling of deep satisfaction. Whatever it is focus on those aspects of the work or figure out ways to weave them into your day.

If you're having trouble identifying what those aspects are, try this fun exercise: Ask yourself: "What did I enjoy doing as a child, before anyone told me what was practical or realistic?

Maybe you loved building forts as a child. Was it the engineering and building, the creativity and imagination or bringing a vision to life that brought you joy? Your childhood interests could hold the key to your future career satisfaction. So go ahead and embrace those childhood memories that brought you happiness. They might just lead you to your dream job.

2. Take A Break - Schedule regular breaks throughout the day to give your mind and body a rest from work activities.

Excuse me, I hate to interrupt, but. . . Yes, I’m talking to you, the one who's been staring at that computer screen for the past few hours. It's time to take a break. I know, I know, deadlines are looming, meetings are meeting and there's so much to do, but trust me, your mind and body will thank you for it.

Take breaks throughout the day to recharge and refresh yourself. Go for a walk, grab a snack or just sit in silence and curb those racing thoughts for a few minutes.

Studies have shown that giving ourselves a mental break can actually increase our focus and productivity. Add activity to it and your whole frame of mind can change.

You'll come back to work feeling energized and ready to tackle anything. Maybe you'll even have a breakthrough idea while taking that well-deserved break. So, go ahead, take a break - your productivity will thank you.

3. Create Mini Goals - Break down big projects into mini goals that are more manageable and rewarding.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a big project looming over your head? It can be daunting to tackle a mountain-sized task all at once. Breaking it down into mini-goals can make it much more manageable and, let's be honest, satisfying.

Breaking down a huge task into small pieces is like taking a sip of your matcha instead of trying to drink the whole thing in a gulp. Not only does it make the project more approachable, but each mini-goal achieved is a cause for celebration.

It also gives you an opportunity to reflect and notice what you could do differently to accomplish other goals. So go ahead, start small, and watch your progress add up to something big, and don’t forget to celebrate each win along the way.

4. Develop Positive Relationships with Colleagues - Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and make your working environment an enjoyable one.

Having positive relationships with your colleagues is absolutely essential to your happiness in the workplace.

We spend a lot of time at work, why spend all that time disconnected from the people around you?