How to Find Good at Work
By Dani DiPirro
Whether you love what you do or you dread going to work each weekday, for most of us, work is a part of life -- and a part where we spend the majority of our time. If work is where we spend the most time, shouldn't we make an effort to make the most of it?
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Next week marks Positively Present's SEVENTH year anniversary!
It's crazy to me that so much time has passed since I first launched the site, and even crazier that it went from a hobby (that I didn't even talk about...) to a full-time career!
I love what I do, and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue work that feels meaningful to me. That being said, it's still work. There are amazing, exciting days (like this one) and there are days I'd rather just stay in bed rather than tackle the less-than-fun tasks (taxes, I'm looking at you!).
Part of Life
Whether you love what you do or you dread going to work each weekday, for most of us, work is a part of life -- and a part where we spend the majority of our time.
(Especially if you work for yourself -- the line between work and life is always blending.) If work is where we spend the most time, shouldn't we make an effort to make the most of it?
Make it Count
I know, I know -- it's so much easier said than done, especially if you don't love what you do. But, since it's Find the Good February, I think it's only right that we make an effort to find the good at work and make the most of the 9-to-5 grind. Here are some ideas for finding (or creating!) good things at work.
Smile at People
This might sound like a small thing, but smiling can make a big difference in your workday.
Even if you don't feel smile-y, give it a try anyway.
Smiling makes others happier, and it's even been shown to make you feel happier too!
Discuss Non-Work Topics
If you don't love your coworkers, you might not be thrilled at the idea of chatting with them any longer than necessary, but a little light-hearted conversation can make your day (and theirs) more enjoyable and interesting.
Most of us are stuck inside for most of the day at our jobs, which can make them a bit draining. Make an effort to go outside for at least a short while every day and appreciate whatever nature you can find.
Write Down What You Do
I've started writing down everything I accomplish in a day and it makes me feel so much more fulfilled.
You'd be really surprised by all you get done every day, and a "done" list is much more satisfying than a "to-do" list.
This is seriously one of the BEST ways to find the good in your workday so I've created some PDFs that you can download and print to keep track of all you're getting done.
Take Deep Breathes
Work can be super stressful (even when you love your job), but no matter where you are or what you're doing, you have the power to control your mind and how you view a situation. Stay centered by taking deep breaths when you feel stressed.
Reflect on Your Skills
Someone is paying you to do what you do, which is pretty awesome.
A great way to find the good at work is to remind yourself of your skills. No matter how great or small, you're skilled at what you do. Be proud of that!
Make Work a Happier Place
If you feel happier at work, it'll be much easier to find the good around you. I recently wrote an article for LiveHappy, "5 Tips to Make Work Your Happy Place," and it's filled with ideas for creating a more positive work environment.
Regardless of how you feel about your job, you have the power to cultivate positive, empowered thoughts about your work.
Having worked at quite a few jobs I hated, I know how hard this can be sometimes, but the more you seek out the good and focus on that, the more you'll see of it. As the old saying goes, "You'll find what you look for." If you keep looking for ways that work sucks, you'll find all of the negatives.
But if you focus on the good things about work -- i.e., you get paid to do it, there are some aspects you enjoy, you have a few nice coworkers, etc. -- you'll find more and more good things. And if you really can't find anything good about where you are, now is the time to make a change and find a job that you enjoy!