Workdays can be difficult at times, especially if you feel like nothing is being accomplished or unappreciated. When these unhappy workdays start to add up, it leads a person to make career decisions leading to job loss or career transition.
Before making any drastic moves, read these simple ways to end your workdays happily. If you spend your workdays online and connected to people you never see, you may lack the social proof of a job well done. If so, these tips will be especially useful for you.
1. Organize yourself for the next day
Nothing feels better than consistently leaving workdays with the knowledge that you are prepared for tomorrow. Organize your tasks, workstation, or work area for the next day. This way, you never leave work with that dreaded feeling of not finishing what you had started. You will also have a stress-free morning the next day because you are not scrambling to rediscover what you must do at work.
2. Tally up your accomplishments!
In recent years, the idea of gamification has crept into the workplace. We always knew work was like a game, but in recent years, the motivation behind playing games have been applied to work in order to make people more productive. This means it is time for you to start keeping score of yourself!
When your workdays come to a close, go over your scorecard and tally up your accomplishments. Do you feel like you have leveled up for the day? How will you reward yourself?
Keeping score allows for you to impose an epic meaning to your tasks at work. You can leave every workday with the satisfaction of knowing, “You beat the game today known as “work””!
3. Schedule something positive for yourself ahead of time
Happiness is a choice. It takes effort. When you find your workdays dragging on and getting boring, change that feeling by scheduling positive, happy events ahead of time.
To give you an example, I used to work in an office that scheduled a special training class every Friday. An instructor would come in and teach something unique that helped us with our jobs. The instructor changed every week, as did the course subjects. The day was something that everyone looked forward to.
Oddly, over time we discovered these classes helped the staff be more productive and solve problems on their own. Even though Fridays were a shorter day of work due to the 2-hour training/lunches, the education made them more productive and happier at the end of the workday.
The trick to having happier workdays is simply to own the time you spend on specific tasks. Being able to say what you have done and what you will do makes for a liberating feeling that one has consistently repeated productive workdays!