Whether you want be more successful, more productive or just happier at work, these 25 powerful suggestions will help put some sparkle into your day. Click here to get regular ideas on career success from Less Ordinary Living.
- Start something new – variety is the spice of life. Start a new project and bring one of your ideas to life
- Really listen to everyone you meet – it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own world at work. Concentrate on listening properly to everyone you meet today.
- Take someone for coffee – build a relationship at work by taking someone out for coffee (your boss, your peer, your team member, your client, your customer). You might even make a new friend.
- Take a real lunchbreak – get out of the office, take a walk, get some fresh air and re-energize yourself. It’s called a lunch break for a reason.
- Delegate something – learning to delegate will make you more effective and help others to develop. Take something off your plate and give someone else a chance.
- Read Dilbert – Scott Adam’s cartoon dog puts work into perspective. Learn to beat the pointy-haired boss.
- Re-evaluate your to-do list – take 15 minutes to prioritize. Focus on what is most important rather than urgent and to those things first.
- Do something that will make your workplace better– think ahead about what can make your job better and more enjoyable in the longer term. Start making that happen today.
- Say no – learning to say no to things that don’t fit with your goals and values can be tough – but it is invaluable. Say no to something today.
- Thank an unsung hero – every workplace has it’s share of silent champions who keep everything going. Take a minute to say thank you and recognize their contribution.
- Be brave – if something is not working well in your team, have the courage to raise the issue. It will never get resolved unless someone takes the initiative.
- Offer to help – is someone looking out of their depth.? Get involved and help them learn to be great. One day you might be the one needing help.
- Leave on time – set yourself some clear targets and if you hit them, give yourself permission to leave on time (or even early if you can) and go enjoy the rest of the day. Because you’re worth it.
- Create a power hour – a great way to be super productive – click here to find out how.
- Cancel a pointless meeting – sometimes work cultures create an endless stream of pointless meetings that suck up time. If you have one today, cancel it or excuse yourself. Use the time for something constructive.
- Change your attitude – how are you approaching work? If you’re seeing it as a negative, feeling disengaged and not enjoying it, you’ve lost before you even begin. Try changing your attitude for one day and see what happens.
- Apologize – if you have a feud or some simmering resentment with a colleague, isn’t it time to bury the hatchet (not in their head). Be the bigger person and find a way to apologize sincerely.
- Learn a new skill – what skill would you love to develop? Put together an action plan for how to do that. Here’s a guide for how to ask your boss for training.
- Start a tradition – what new ritual can you start to make your workplace better? A tea-round? Birthday cakes? Happy hour on Friday?
- Set your vision – purpose is so important to satisfaction at work. Take 15 minutes to think about why you are work and what you’d like to get from your career.
- Drink more water – most offices and workplaces are drier than the Sahara, so stay hydrated to keep sharp.
- Listen to your biorhythms – plan your day to take advantage of your natural daily energy cycles – click here to find out more.
- Give something back – find out if your company has a community involvement or volunteer program. Get involved or if it doesn’t exist, start one.
- Play to your strengths – we are at our best at work when we use our natural attributes. Take the VIA strengths test here to find yours.
- Write your CV – a great way to feel in control of your career and not feel stuck in a rut. Dig out that dusty relic and give it a polish. Writing your CV helps you to feel more confident about your experience and skills.
Over to you
- What things do you do to enjoy work more?
- How do you make the most of your working life?
- Which of these ideas did you try, and what happened?
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