Going to work everyday can be a serious drag, especially in the summer when you want to spend quality time with your kids. But you don't need to dread the weekdays anymore! Thanks to Refinery 29 and Nataly Kogan, you can follow these 10 tips to be happier at work!
Take a 60 second get away: "Pick a time in the middle of the day and set an alarm on your phone," says Kogan. "When the alarm goes off, step away from your desk, your computer, and your phone, and just chill. Take a few deep breaths, go for a walk around your office, close your eyes, Zen out, and maybe savor a piece of your favorite chocolate or sip some awesome tea. Then, come back to what you were doing. You'll feel refreshed, calm, and more in control of even the most chaotic of days."
Before you check email, get something done: "Emails will suck you in, but if you start the day by doing something productive, you’ll feel more pumped for whatever comes next," says Kogan. "Work on your article, PowerPoint deck, Excel model, or just organizing your to-do list — but, do something that makes you feel like you've made progress toward a goal."
At the end of the day, write down one good thing you appreciate: Maybe this sounds a little cheesy, but it works. As Kogan points out, "the 11,000 studies that show the benefits of expressing gratitude for what you already have aren't wrong. Give it a shot for a week, and do it on even the days that really didn't go your way. Ending on a positive note will help you enjoy your after-work time more and set you up for a better next day."
Make your space less boring: "Plant bursts of color all around you. Favorite notebooks and pens are always fun, even in our digitally minded world." Kogan's advice certainly resonates at R29 HQ, where every nook and cranny is perfectly art-directed — and it makes a huge difference. She says, "Keep a favorite photo of something or someone that makes you smile close by. Make your space one where you feel energized."
Do something nice for a co-worker, everyday: According to Kogan, "science shows that when you do kind things for others, you may be the one getting the greatest positive mood boost. Grab a colleague's favorite snack and leave it on their desk as a surprise. Invite someone out for a coffee break and treat them. Pay a genuine compliment (doesn't matter if [it's] something as small as 'I love your outfit today'). Or, leave a sticky note that says 'You’re awesome.'"
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