Do you guys know what today is?! It’s Fun At Work Day! At least, I think it is. I’ve seen some conflicting dates for it, but I am pretty sure it’s on the last Friday of January, which is today.
In case you’re a novelty holiday savant like me and are aware of the very similar International Fun at Work Day on April 1st, this is a different holiday – although I’m not sure exactly WHAT the difference between them is, but I digress!
This day is meant to inspire people to have a little fun at work, such as dress up and perhaps act a little silly to relieve some of the stress that comes from work. From what I read, there’s actually quite a few employers and people in charge who encourage celebrating this day, which is wonderful, but as you would have guessed, this post is more focused on encouraging all of you to simply enjoy your jobs more.
If you’re a longtime reader, you’ll already know that I work at a fast food place and love it, which is a difficult pill for some people to swallow. Obviously, every job has its downsides, but that also means that every job has its UPsides, and y’all KNOW we’re all about focusing on the positives in life over here at The Small Adventurer!
So, here are a few ideas on how to start enjoying going to work instead of dreading it, and how to ensure that you’re coming home with a smile on your face, because you all deserve to have a job that you don’t hate!
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MAKE LISTS OF GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPEN EACH DAY.
If you’re already rolling your eyes, then I can tell you right now that this post – and this blog – is not for you. I am living proof that ACTIVELY focusing on the good can make hugely dramatic changes in your life and overall mental health; I spent a good portion of my life hoping to fall asleep and never wake up again, and now I dread going to sleep because I don’t want to miss out on a single second of this wonderful life.
How did I get from A to B, you ask? Focusing on the good. Chances are, your memory will lie to you and convince you that your job (or school, or something else in your life) is filled with mostly negative things, but once you start making a habit of writing a list of every single good thing that happened that day – no matter how small – I PROMISE you that you will start to feel differently within the first week.
Because, instead of relying on your mind to only replay the bad memories, you will have hard proof in that list that good things DO happen, and they happen to and around you. I truly believe that this is the most important piece of advice in this entire post!
ACTIVELY TRY TO MAKE FRIENDSHIPS WITH ALL OF YOUR CO-WORKERS.
Human relationships can be tricky, especially when you’re in a situation where you have to get along to some degree. Chances are your boss, other co-workers, and customers (if you work with them) aren’t going to want to be around two people who constantly fight and can’t stand each other, so you need to make an effort to get along with the people around you.
I’m not going to lie, I genuinely get along with most people I meet, which makes me pretty perfect for a customer service job, but of course there is going to be people in your life who make you feel uncomfortable, who intimidate you, or who you just seem to clash with.
No matter how difficult it might be, try your hardest to form a relationship with these people, especially if you have a lot of contact with them. Make a point to ask them how they are, converse with them, help them out with tasks when they need it, and I promise you that your interactions with them will begin to change.
Soon enough it won’t feel like you have to do these things, it will feel like you want to, and if they are a decent human being at all – which most people are, I promise – then they will eventually let down their walls and allow the two of you to have a decent work relationship. At the very least, it can’t hurt to try!
REWARD YOURSELF FOR GETTING THROUGH THE ROUGH DAYS.
The truth is, some days just suck. Some days everything goes wrong, and it could be your fault, which means you’re left feeling guilty – or it could have absolutely nothing to do with you, which just leaves you frustrated.
Neither scenarios are desirable, but they’re unavoidable at some point in time. The only thing that is true about every bad, horrible, soul-crushing day is this: they all end. It may feel like it takes years to get there, but eventually, your shift will be over, and you can leave.
Now, you can go home and re-live all the horrible things that happened, stress yourself out even more, and end up wallowing in your sadness OR you can reward yourself for getting through a tough day.
Everyone has their own version of self care, or whatever you would like to call it. Some people go as far as making self-care kits, but if you’re not that organised – as I know I’m not – then you can do something simpler.
You can watch your favourite movie or TV show, cook or order your favourite meal, or buy yourself something that you’ve had your eye on for a while. Looking after yourself is not a selfish thing to do by any means, so don’t let anyone convince you otherwise!
In fact, looking after yourself frequently helps to ensure that you’re not growing to resent your life or yourself by never having any fun. You work hard – hopefully – and you deserve to feel good about yourself for doing so, especially during the times when you feel like it goes by unnoticed.
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REMEMBER HOW BLESSED YOU ARE TO HAVE A JOB.
Working is an unavoidable part of life, which means that people can easily grow to resent it, no matter what their actual job is. Since it is something that we know we have to do at some point, to some extent, it is easy to find it annoying, but that doesn’t mean that we should.
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the stress of working and getting your to do list finished that we forget what a blessing it is to actually have a job. There are millions of people around the world who desperately need a job, and can’t get one.
There are countless people around the world who would do anything to be able to have a job, but things such as illnesses prevent them from doing so. But many other people – myself included – CAN get a job, and have one right now, and that in itself is a wonderful fact.
The fact that I am able to go somewhere where my presence is both needed and welcomed, where I am able to learn new tasks and grow as a human being, and where I am paid for my time so I’m able to do things like pay rent and buy food, is incredible and wonderful and I will never allow myself to forget that – and I hope you don’t either!
BRAINSTORM CHANGES THAT COULD IMPROVE YOUR WORKPLACE.
There’s a reason that the saying “be the change you want to see in the world” is so well-known; and that is because it is both helpful and inspiring. Every single person on this Earth has the potential to make a change, but very few act on it.
If there is something that is constantly bothering you about your job, or you have some ideas on how to improve something within your workplace, then speak up. Let your opinion be known. Offer your advice.
The worst that could happen is that they say no, but at least you will know that you tried. Every manmade object and job that currently exists does so because someone once had an idea, and they decided to act on it. They took a risk, and it paid off, and yours might too!
Just make sure that you’re voicing your thoughts in a helpful manner – and not in a you’re-all-doing-this-wrong kind of way – and just see what happens. Who knows, you could responsible for making YOUR life, and the lives of others, much easier and happier!
There you go: five ideas on how not to hate your job, and work on loving it instead. I truly believe that happiness and contentment is really all about perspective. Simply looking at something another way can make such a huge difference in how it appears to you, and I really think that you ALL owe it to yourselves to actively try and enjoy the lives you’re all living.
Once upon a time, I never thought happiness would be possible, especially not for me – but I was wrong, and what an amazing realisation that was to have! I hope you all continue to work on falling in love with your lives and yourselves, because all deserve it, and it IS possible. Wishing you the best of luck!
Until next time,
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