How to Make Every Day Work Better
By Sandy Schroeder
Jobs come in all sizes, shapes and flavors. Wherever you are in the job spectrum, making each day count can be an ongoing challenge.
Finding out how to keep your balance, learn as you go, and enjoy what you are doing can be a big order. Sometimes projects or people collide, deadlines dominate and work may bounce back and forth from pain to pleasure.
Here are some tips to make sure your job works for you.
Find ways to enjoy your job every day - Whatever the highlights of your job are, make sure you include some of those tasks in each day. A few high notes will help you ease through the rest of the work. If the highlights are few and far between, you may want to consider looking for another job. Enjoying what we do makes life a whole lot better.
Stay informed - Make the effort to know what is going on with your job and your company. Actively look for information and speak up if you have questions. Your boss will appreciate your interest and you will have a better idea of what is needed when you have the big picture.
Avoid toxic people and negative subjects - Every office has somebody who knows all of the gossip and always sees the downside. Most people head in the opposite direction when they see them coming. If you find yourself trapped with them, keep the subjects neutral and make a quick getaway.
Stay balanced to get the job done - Unexpected pressures, conflicts and disagreements, and different viewpoints can make work a challenge. Hang onto your courage and keep discussions level. Learning to work your way through projects with all sorts of people can be a valuable learning experience. Remembering to hold your temper, seeing the humorous side and really listening may help you survive.
Build friendships - Keep the door open as you meet an assortment of people. Some of them may turn out to be lifelong friends. I have groups of friends from a couple different jobs that have stayed in touch with lunches, dinners and parties. They have always proved to be a great resource on the job and off.
Keep up with your workload - As the work rolls ahead, keep an eye on what it takes and what you are producing. If you can do more, or if you are overloaded, say so. Don’t just sign on for extra work assuming it will work out. Better to speak up and clarify things than invite last minute disasters.
Wherever you want to be in the future, make sure your daily efforts work to help you get there.
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