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How to be happy at work

When you spend a significant part of your life at work, you should do everything you can to ensure you enjoy it. We've put together some tips to help you make the most of the time you spend at the office.

Taking short breaks

Stepping away from your current task to make a cup of tea or go for a walk will help clear the mind and if you're stuck, maybe help you approach the problem from a different angle that you hadn’t considered. This will also provide some relief to your eyes if you've been staring at a screen for a while.  If you're feeling charitable, you will get great satisfaction from helping colleagues with their jobs. This way, you can take a productive break from what you're working on and face a fresh challenge, it will feel rewarding and strengthen your friendship.

Maintaining work/life balance

Getting home to see family or enjoying your spare time should be a priority over work. Even if you're in a good rhythm and just want to finish off a last little job, make sure you pay attention to the day ending and get ready to go home. You've signed a contract that says you only have to work for a set time, don't be pressured into regularly staying beyond that time. Talk to your boss if you can't feasibly finish your day's tasks in a working day.

Ask for feedback

You'll feel better when you're making progress. Keep communicating with your boss about how you're getting on. If they're happy with how you approach your job, they will recognise the hard work you're putting in which will be a boost for you. Otherwise they might point out where you can improve, this means a chance for progress and learning.

Music to boost your mood

If you're allowed headphones in the office, try to find a playlist or song that picks you up. It can help motivate you as well as cut out some of the chatter and background noise to help you focus. However, a lot of people find songs with lyrics distracting. Try finding an instrumental playlist or an atmospheric film soundtrack to help you concentrate.

Stay hydrated

We could go on all day about the benefits of water: combats fatigue and headaches, reduces blood pressure, it's good for your skin and makes you want to snack less. Try setting targets like a set amount of glasses of water a day or finishing a large bottle of water.

Find a new job

If you're demotivated with your day-to-day tasks and even after trying everything in this article you're realising that your current job just isn't for you. Start looking for opportunities that excite you, in your own time. You may find the perfect next step in your career or maybe just an ideal alternative to what you're doing now. You'll come to appreciate the skills you've learnt in your current job and how it's opened up new possibilities. Each day you might be counting down to an interview or thinking about how the tasks you're doing today are preparing you for a big next step.

Enjoying the time you spend at work is certainly in your own hands. This list is not extensive, try decorating your desk with flowers and posters, speak to colleagues who you don't normally see or see if there are any social clubs or events organised by colleagues that interest you. Ensure that you've experienced everything your job has to offer. If you are considering looking for something new, we recommend to look at our careers page.

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