Let’s face it, some workdays are more challenging than others. From sleeping through an alarm to waking with a negative outlook, some days, you’d likely rather call in sick than deal with coworkers. However, since going to work is the necessary evil for earning a paycheck, you must learn how to start your workdays off in the best manner to survive the many years you’ll still be punching the time clock. Here are five steps to wake on the bright side of your workday.
While it might be tempting to hit the snooze button a few times before waking each workday, this leaves you at the risk of running behind before the day has even begun. Rather than sleeping in, wake early and take a little more time in preparing for the day. From getting in a quick workout to savoring a hot breakfast, this added time will leave you feeling refreshed when you enter the office.
Breakfast is for champions and you want to be a champion at work, don’t you? Skipping breakfast leaves your mind malnourished and brings an increased risk for slip-ups at work. Even a small breakfast of fruit or a granola bar can make all the difference at improving the day’s outlook.
Create a Schedule
Arriving to work without a clear guideline for the day’s tasks often leads to scattered concentration and a lack of productivity. Begin each workday by creating a schedule for what you would like to accomplish. This will provide a sense of direction and, when achieved, will leave you with a more positive feeling at the day’s end.
Don’t do the same tasks in the same manner each workday. This redundancy will quickly lead to workplace boredom and the feeling of needing something more. Rather, insert variety into each workday by switching up how and when you complete assignments. Something as simple as eating your lunch at a local park can also improve the day’s productivity.
From coworker annoyances to project dissatisfactions, you may feel less-than-thrilled with certain aspects of your job. Rather than taking a woe-is-me attitude, reframe the way you view workplace problems by looking on the bright side. Each time a negative thought enters your mind regarding work, quickly think of five things you enjoy about the job. This will thwart the bad attitude and will prevent your day from going completely off course.
Starting each workday out in the best manner can make all the difference in your career. Being over-the-top excited to sit at your work desk all day isn’t necessary. What is necessary however is ensuring you’re working at a job you enjoy and that you find ways to make the most of your working environment. By looking on the bright side, you’ll sail through the many hours each week spent at work and will receive more enjoyment from each paycheck.
Author Bio: Shayla Ebsen is a full-time freelance writer and graphic designer with more than seven years combined experience from her time in the corporate world and through her freelance work. Shayla’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in News/Editorial Journalism from South Dakota State University and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Communication from the University of South Dakota. Learn more about Shayla and her services at shaylaebsen.com.