Simple Ways to Thrive in the Workplace
By Sandy Schroeder
When things are going well at work, you know it. It's easy to get up in the morning and head off to the office. When you get there you have projects in mind and the day flies by. Finding that kind of rapport and maintaining it can make the difference in satisfaction and productivity.
Forbes says there are three key ways to make sure you thrive at work.
Erase the negatives - Look around at your workplace and your work habits and see what you can do to make everything flow. Create the most satisfying work schedule. Allow small breaks throughout the day. Park all of the routine stuff at the end of the day, and provide support to keep the schedule up to speed.
Focus on the work that matters - Most of us do a lot better when we are really involved in our work and believe that it counts. Wherever you can, put the work that you believe in and enjoy first. There will be other projects too, but making sure you are working on some projects that you really value can make a big difference.
Stay in touch with your world - Try to maintain a productive schedule, but leave a little time for the rest of your world too. Most people do their best work when they maintain positive support connections with their friends, family and community. It's a lot easier to work when you are at peace with the rest of your world.
Smart Ways to Stay Productive
Once you have pulled your schedule together and focused on projects that you love, you need to make sure you are operating at your personal best. When we feel good about ourselves, it is a lot easier to be creative and productive. Here are some areas to consider.
Develop a vision for yourself and your family - If you are doing well now, where do you want that to lead in the future? Do regular reviews to see if your goals are really happening. Work takes on a stronger meaning when you see it feeding into a future for you and your family.
Balance work and play - Figure out ways to balance exercise, family time and work, allowing time for each. Each area will strengthen the others. The right mix will keep you alert, energetic and involved.
Develop a sense of discipline - The happiest people are often the ones who work the hardest. They have found interesting work and they make sure they support it with a fair amount of effort.
Make the effort to stay organized - Little things can slow everything down when the details are not pinned down. Make the time and effort to enlist support or delegate details and enjoy the results of a smooth running operation.
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