Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
We all have had our good and bad days at work, but what sets us aside is how we deal with the stress that work brings to us. The high level term I am using here is to be “Positive”. There is surely a lot one can do to themselves than what you can see. Here are my top 8 things you can do to stay happy at work irrespective of the external pressures, office politics, deadlines, discontentment and others factors. I love to take control on things that I have influence on and I personally feel it is the best way to get the most out of you.
Learning is the key
This goes without saying that you need to find ways to learn something new everyday at work. Learning keeps you excited and keeps your confidence high and current. Just because you are out of formal college / learning environment doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. The day you stop updating your skills, you will be obsolete in this IT era in less than 6 months to an year – trust me.
Also, don’t expect to learn everything at work or as part of your work. That has never worked for me in this ~15+ yrs of career. I always say – “Any knowledge is good knowledge”, so don’t stop learning.
Share what you learn
I have come from the school where sharing is caring. So if you learn something, try to share them. One of my sharing avenues has been my blog, UG meets, presentations etc but at work this can mean a lot. If you share – you obviously making a statement to your management that you know something and because you have empowered your team mates, they are going to be lesser dependant on expecting you to finish the task assigned to them because they now know how to solve the same. I hate it when someone says – “You will miss the edge you have on others when you share”. I don’t subscribe to that thought process though.
It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Be thankful that you have a glass and grateful that there’s something in it.
We all have an tendency to go on like a marathon when we do something that is really close to our hearts. Understand, there will always be work and work will fill all the time that you can give it. So try to leave your work at work and when you get home spend all the time dedicated to the family. They deserve every bit of it – your undivided attention.
The one thing I learnt after my first job change is not to work over weekends and I have been successful for the past 10+ years. I do other things that I love doing over weekends like blogging, speaking, going to orphanage, community building, teaching differently abled children or other activities which are not my official work.
Make loads of friends
I personally like to meet, greet and mingle with people. As part of my above Point-2, the best way to learn is by talking with people and sharing what you know. In this process you get to learn a lot more because they are going to ask some fundamental questions. It is an iterative process and symbiotic relation that you can build with people.
Do one thing at a time
I don’t quite believe in this multi-tasking concept (Multi-Tasking reality or just fad?). Take the task in hand and finish before going into a new activity. This has been my mantra for a long time. It is worth to recall yet another blog where I talk about the same thing – Getting more from your day.
Happy are they who take life day by day, complain very little, and are thankful for the little things in life.
Treat yourself for what you achieved
A pat on the back always helps and a sense of achievement can be overwhelming. It is always not necessary that you be recognized for what you do. If in your inner-self you are confident that you gave 100% in doing a task, take a break and give feel free to treat yourself (also your family maybe :)). Good work will always be recognized – if you gave your 100% it will automagically get noticed by folks in your organization. So don’t shrug – move on as you have a larger life in front of you than what you have within a given organization.
Be with positive people
A rotten fruit can spoil the complete batch – so it is important to be with people who have an positive attitude. A positive attitude helps you drive greater results. Your mind plays games that need positive blood, so try to hang around with people who inspire / motivate you always.
Be happy to share a smile
The best thing you can share with your colleague as you wish them in the morning is a warm smile. This is inline to the previous point, it sends positive vibes and creates an environment of inclusion and sharing. You now have become an approachable person and that is always a good quality to have. It is one of the simplest tasks one can do to create a great day for everyone at work.
Life is like a mirror: It’ll smile at you if you smile at it.
These were my Top 8 tricks to be happy and positive at work. All these are things under your control and you can influence them directly to stay positive in your daily life too. Hope you agree with me and let me know your thoughts.