BY ROBIN CAMAROTE, EXECUTIVE COACH @ROBINCAMAROTE
Just as it’s not your partner’s job to make you happy at home, it’s not your boss’s job to make you happy at work.
There is no action anyone can take to solve another’s feelings. Changing our thoughts and feelings is an inside job that can’t be outsourced–even to those around us whom we like, trust, and admire the most.
This is good news because it means we’re in control. If you’re feeling fresh out of ideas on how to shift your outlook at work and feel happier, here are five to get you started.
1. Notice what’s working.
Feeling down or stuck at work can act as a filter. We see only what’s broken. Challenge yourself to notice (and even write down) one thing today that’s working well or went right. Tomorrow, add another. For each day this week, add one more to your previous day’s total and see how high you can go.
2. Work on your relationships.
Having a best friend at work is jusy the best. Developing positive relationships with your colleagues can significantly contribute to your happiness. Take the initiative to connect with your co-workers, engage in friendly conversations, and offer support when needed. Building a sense of camaraderie and teamwork can create a more enjoyable work environment.
3. Work on your goals.
Check in on this year’s goals–or set a few if you don’t have any. Are they achievable? Sometimes the work goals we set or are given are so out of the realm of possibility that they’re actually demotivating. Break down larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks, and celebrate your progress along the way. Having a sense of direction and accomplishment can enhance your overall job satisfaction and happiness.
4. Work on your sense of balance.
Work-life balance isn’t about setting rigid rules around time. But it does require us to have something outside of work that we enjoy. Often balance gets out of whack not so much because we’re overworking but because we’re underplaying/relaxing/taking care of ourselves.
5. Learn something new.
This is one of my personal favorites. I can’t help but feel a pump of energy and motivation when I pick up a new professional tool or trick. Look for opportunities to expand your skills, whether through training programs, workshops, or seeking new responsibilities.
Life is both too short and too long to be miserable at work.