I'm sure there are many days you'd rather end that sentence as in the classic 1977 Johnny Paycheck hit. I find it ironic that Johnny’s last name is Paycheck, given the theme of this post. I’m just sayin’.
I read a crazy statistic that some 1 million people call in sick every day, and surveys vary, but anywhere from 45% to 87% of people in this country don’t like their jobs. So, if this
is you, you’re definitely not alone.
If you’re already there, congratulations! If not, perhaps some of the following ideas might help:
- Call in sick. Kidding.
- First morning thoughts – when you get up in the morning, think of 3 things you’re really looking forward to that day, anything from seeing certain co-workers to working on a pet project, but list 3
- Greet everyone you see during the day – exchanging positive energy throughout the day helps to raise your spirits
- Tackle the tough stuff first – you know what they are. Whether it’s a task that has been nagging at you or a mini-crisis that comes up in the moment, crossing those things off your list brings a sense of accomplishment which increases your endorphins (your happy hormones)
- Ask to be involved – possibly in other areas of your company that interest you or in a project that you’ve been thinking about
- Showcase your talents – any time you get the opportunity to show your superiors your successes or even your unique thought process on a given problem, it’s a good thing and makes going to work more enjoyable
- Make your desires for advancement known – it’s not going to happen if you just have the conversation in your head. Put yourself on the top of their promotion pile.
- Take mental health breaks – have a quick chat with a co-worker, call a friend or family member to tell them you’re thinking of them, walk around the block, do 20 twenty squats in the bathroom (you may laugh, but I’ve done it!), drink a fast 8 ounces of cold H20, or close your eyes for 3 minutes at your desk and breathe deeply.
- Eat your lunch away from the office!
Then at the end of the day, look back at the good things that took place. Don’t allow yourself to focus on anything negative, just the good stuff. What you focus on expands and if you're only thinking about the negative events that took place during the day you'll only wake up to more of it the next day. Yuck.
And, tomorrow is a new day! Who knows? Maybe you'll do it again tomorrow.