Everyone wants to have a great work day. You want to go to work, get the job done and head for the horizon with a smile on your face. It’s easy to have a good day at work if you prepare in advance and keep a good running list of how to get through with the most happy day.
Here are the top 10 ways to have a happier workday.
1. Eat breakfast – If you skip breakfast, you won’t be at your best during the morning. You will more likely gorge yourself at lunch and have a sleepy afternoon. So eat something, anything (within reason) so you can ensure a smooth start.
2. Get plenty of sunshine – Sun in the morning signals the body and mind to wake up. So instead of reaching for a big cup of Joe, put on your shoes and go outside.
3. Get Aerobic Exercise – while you are getting your sunlight, use it as an excuse to get a good walk or jog in. Exercise lowers stress, gets your blood moving and wakes you up.
4. Avoid RSS, EMAIL or phone before 10 am. RSS, email and phone demand immediate attention. Whereas your goals and work for the day can easily be brushed to the side. If you can avoid the urgent and unimportant until 10 or 10:30, you’ve got a fighting chance at getting all of the important tasks done.
5. Think positive thoughts not negative – Seems simple, but many people never do it. Instead of looking on the worst side, try to see the bright side. Ask yourself, “What is the advantage of this situation?”, “How am I benefiting from this?”, “What am I learning?” These are all good questions that you can ask in all negative situations to turn them to the positive.
6. Take breaks – If you push on one task for too long you your work starts to suffer. It’s easy to become tired and frustrated. So every 30 – 45 minutes, take 5. Get up from your desk, stop what you are doing and get your mind off your work for awhile. You’ll find you’ll return with more ideas and renewed energy.
7. Go for a mid-day walk – Again, I’m harping on the exercise. Getting a brisk walk in over lunch (even if for only 10 minutes) will get you to feeling better about your afternoon. Where most others are sitting around digesting, you can be energizing.