Did you know that the average person who works for 40 hours a week, spends nearly a quarter of their week at work? This highlights just how important it is to make work an enjoyable environment for you to be in! Whether you love your job, or you’re just using it as a stepping stone to get where you want to be in your career, you can easily make it a more enjoyable place to be using the tips below.
Clean your desk
I know this may sound boring but honestly it can make such a difference. Keep it tidy and clutter free, a tidy desk, is a tidy mind. You’ll be more organised and more efficient if everywhere has a home and is put away where it should be. I also recommend buying a cleaning spray and reusable cloth to help keep your space feeling clean and fresh. You’ll feel more productive and less stressed working in a clean and tidy environment.
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Inject your personality into your space
If you’re spending nearly a quarter of your time at work, you may as well put some effort into the space you work in and make it a more enjoyable place for you. This is a chance for you to be creative and show who you are as a person to your colleagues. Pin up pictures with family and friends, pin up motivational quotes and inspiring wallpapers to help get you through your day!
I know you often get free stationary at work but I personal have a bit of an obsession with stationary and therefore love buying my own. I like buying pretty pens and notebooks with quality paper in them to write down ideas and take notes. I like little paper clips, sticky notes, organisers and pen holders. I’m a sucker for desk planners as I love planning out my week in advance. I also think having your own mug is really beneficial! Again you can get something that suits you as a person, it’s like injecting your personality into your little space and making it feel more comfortable and ‘homely’.
Engage with your colleagues
Nearly a quarter of your time will be spent with colleagues. Engage with them, ask them how they are, ask about their weekends. It’s much better to work in a friendly environment where you can rely on each other and help each other out rather than competing with each other. Helping someone else to achieve their goals won’t mean that you won’t achieve yours.
Get outside at lunch
If possible go outside at lunchtime! I am guilty of skipping lunch and shovelling food into my mouth whilst hunched over at my desk. Saying this, on the days when I do make the effort to go outside I feel so much more refreshed and lighter somehow. It helps to break up my day and I come back with a renewed energy ready to take on whatever the afternoon throws at me.
Use the 50 / 10 rule
I cannot recommend this enough. Fifty minutes of solid work followed by ten minutes of rest. This helps me SO much. It keeps me focussed and stops me procrastinating as I know I only need to work hard for fifty minutes and then I’m rewarded with a brew – hoorah! If you try to work flat out all through your eight hour day, I guarantee you will not be working as productively or as efficiently as you could be. Work hard and then take the time to stretch your legs and have a quick chat with colleagues guilt free as you know you’ve been working hard for the past fifty minutes. You’ll return to your desk with a fresh mind, a cup of tea and motivation.
Last but not least…
Leave work, at work!
It’s hard to enjoy your work if you’re constantly thinking about it and getting stressed. I’ll do another post on tips for winding down after work, but for now just try and shut off after work. Put down your phone, log out of emails and focus on you and your own personal life. You are not paid to worry about someone else’s business.
I hope these tips help you and that you manage to implement them into your own work life. Please feel free to share any additional tips you may have in the comments below!