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How to make Corporate/Work life interesting


How to make Corporate/Work life interesting

Edited by stunningmoon at 05 Feb 2014 07:33 PM

Ask yourself a few questions-
1. Do you enjoy your work?
2. Do you yawn a lot during work hours?
3. Do you look forward to weekends more than weekdays?
4. Do you have to drag yourself to work every morning?

Well if you answered No, Yes, Yes, Yes; than you need to change a few things to make your corporate work life more interesting!

If it’s 9:45 a.m. and you’re wondering how you’ll make it through the rest of the day without stapling your hand to your desk, this post is for you.

It might be because you’re not feeling challenged, or because you’re not climbing the ladder fast enough, or simply because you’d rather be enjoying the sunshine outside than staring at your computer screen. The question is: is it the job, or is it you?

Here are a few tips to keep your work life interesting-

1. Maintain a proper WORK-LIFE balance

The old saying “All work & no play makes Jack a dull boy” stands true till date. If your life revolves around your work, if you have to sacrifice a lot of other things for work, you need to change things a bit. Take time out for your family & friends, exercise, take up a hobby. Tell yourself that all this is as important. After all , you work to earn money to be able to lead a comfortable LIFE, right?

2. Challenge Yourself

Has your work become monotonous? Are you tired of doing the same things day in and day out? Make those mundane tasks more interesting by adding an extra challenge. For instance:

Expense reports aren’t exactly fun, so find a way to complete them more efficiently—then see if you can beat your best time.
Content generation can be hard, but invest a little more time and challenge yourself to write a great post or newsletter instead of one that’s just okay.

Your SEO is performing well enough, but spend 10 minutes on Google Trends to test out ways to make it even better.
Sometimes boredom comes from complacency; you understand and become comfortable with what’s expected and decide you’re done trying to go above and beyond.

Make it your goal to try something new every day. Even if the goal you set for yourself seems miniscule, you never know what effect it might have on your work the next day.

3. Make your co-workers happy by doing something nice for them

This is probably the easiest, yet unfortunately most often overlooked, way to create a better, happier work environment for yourself and those around you. 

Take an interest in people. Ask them about their plans for the weekend, then simply ask them how their plans unfolded when you see them next. How was the camping trip with the in-laws, the big date with the guy from the coffee shop or the process of painting the living room pea green?

Leave someone a sticky note with a book or music recommendation. Buy a round of coffees or bring in a few snacks to share. Text or email someone who was obviously having a bad day after work and just ask how they’re doing.

None of these steps take very long. And I am sure other’s will reciprocate by doing something for you too!

4. Ask for help

No one has all the answers, so don’t be afraid to ask your superiors or coworkers for the support you need to do your best work. Ask questions in a calm, thorough and thoughtful manner. And if you don’t understand something, don’t wait until the very last minute to ask about it!

Worried that asking questions will hurt your career? In fact, there’s a higher chance asking will actually move your career forward. If that isn’t the case, you’re probably working at the wrong place.

5. Stop trying to multitask

Scientific data proves that humans simply cannot multitask. I know being “able to multitask” is an interview staple, and I know you think you’re great at Gchatting while you work, but you’re just not.

Focus on one thing and one thing alone, apply all your energy to that one task and do it well. You’ll be surprised how much more you get done each day, how much better the quality is and how much more cohesive your work, communication and thoughts are overall.

Here are a few additional tips on how to be more productive online.