It’s almost a cliché to feel bored or frustrated about your job. A recent study showed that over 70 percent of participants feel disengaged at work.
We spend a large amount of time of lives working, so wouldn’t it be better to feel happy and fulfilled instead of dreading?
Well, you can.
The good news that is making a few changes to our behavior and perceptions to help us feel more engaged at work.
Impact your work by shifting your mindset and your limiting beliefs
Our mindset Is Important because our views and attitude can affect our ability to grow, prosper and be successful. Our mindset can also have a major impact on our health and physical well-being.
Constantly, having the wrong mindset can lead to depression and suppress our immune system; taking us longer to recover from illnesses. Negative mindsets and limiting beliefs can affect our relationships: We can develop a reputation at work as being “difficult”, and can ultimately cost us our job. Conversely, those with a positive mindset become sick less and are happier and healthier.
Two very different mindsets toward life are fixed mindset and growth mindset. These two mindsets are on the opposite ends of the spectrum.
Those with the “fixed mindset” felt that their skills, potential, and abilities are pre-determined and cannot be improved. They felt powerless over any ability to change. Unfortunately, those with a fixed mindset are apt to become easily discouraged by their impediments and are likely to give up on the first setback.
Conversely, those with a growth mindset are believe there is always room for improvement if they will work at it. They are usually optimistic about their aptitude, competence, and their outlook on life. They make the best of every situation. They see problems as an opportunity to learn and grow from their challenges. Overwhelmingly, people with a growth mindset are often more successful at their jobs.
Ultimately, you have control over adopting a fixed or growth mentality. For example, someone with a fixed mindset can still choose to become more positive and adopt the growth mindset, no matter what phase of their life they are in.
This is hopeful news for those who find themselves stuck in a pessimistic, fixed mindset. So, if you groan when your alarm goes off in the morning and/or stomp around complaining that you don’t want to go to work, starting the day on the wrong foot. You can change with a simple decision: to be more positive about your job. Even the most boring jobs have positives, if only that you’re earning enough to keep a roof over your head and food on the table.
Do it now – make a list of all the positives about your work.
It does not take a lot of work to think of the negative characteristics of your work. But what if you thought about the good things? Do you like your colleagues or clients? Perhaps your job allows you to travel or offers opportunities to learn new skills.
Title your list “What I enjoy about my job is…” and see how many good things you can come up with.
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Pursuing Goals Can Bring You a Sense of Purpose
It’s very common to ask yourself “why you are doing what you are doing?” It could be your career choice and now you want a change, or it could be something more personal as simply your plan is not working out as you hoped.
You may feel stuck in a rut. Without change, it may be difficult to feel unstuck. But there is a workaround: Setting goals. This may help you find a sense of purpose.
When you create a plan, you can take a bird’s-eye view of paths. And planning strategically may motivate you to carry out your plan. Planning gives you something to look forward to as well as provides a sense of purpose, which may help you stay on track.
You may already keep a weekly or daily to-do list of tasks and reminders. But what if you mixed it up a bit and added some bigger goals? Think medium and long-term goals.
Where would you like to be in three months, six months, or a year? Do you want to increase your client base? Learn new skills? Think of your next promotion and the one after that.
Focus on doing something daily to help you reach your long-term goals.
An important caveat to remember is that during your goal-reaching activities, you will have good days and bad days.
During the bad days, you may feel like quitting. This is natural. To overcome this feeling, you can refer to your goals to help you keep going. Family and friends can also help encourage you. Be sure to reach out to them when you feel like throwing in the towel.
On the good days, you may feel pumped and see that you are close to achieving your target. Meeting your goal milestones will solidify the experience, as it gives you something to check off when completing the task. The more you pursue your goals, the more you will have these feelings of accomplishment and may feel a sense of purpose.
The next time you feel you’re in a rut, try creating and pursuing career goals. They don’t have to be grandiose, and your goals should be obtainable. Keep working on them until you complete them.
Create a journal to track your progress and get the help you need to motivate you. Once you see what’s possible by setting goals, you may find your job isn’t as bad as you thought.
You can’t stop the challenges that may occur in your life, but now you have a way of overcoming them. Figure out what really matters to you and set up a plan to make it happen. Then, take action to follow the plan.
Take care of yourself–Practice Self-Care
The last couple of years have been a hectic for many of us. People have been coping with all the challenges that life brings. One way to cope is by practicing self-care. There are many reasons taking time to practice self-care can make a pivotal difference in your life. Unfortunately, for many, these practices get overlooked in the day’s chaos.
What Is Self-Care
Self-care is any intentional activity to care for our mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and wellness. When you engage in self-care, you are making efforts to be at your best so that you can work, interact with friends and family, and perform all the things you need want to do in a day.
Self-care can look very different for each individual, but some of the most common self-care activities include yoga, relaxing in a hot bath, enjoying a cup of tea, journaling, mediation, prayer, getting a massage, listening to calming music, cutting down on screen time, to name just a few.
Why Is Self-Care Important
Adding self-care practices to your life has many benefits. Self-care is shown to reduce stress and improve mental health. Many people have reported greater levels of happiness in their daily lives when incorporating self-care practices.
Taking care of yourself can also improve your physical health. When facing illness, self-care can help you recover faster and better from illness and disease.
Here are a few tips to Practice Self Care
• Get adequate sleep
• Balance your commitments and priorities; saying no to optional tasks or events you do not want to take on
• Make a weekly schedule
• Stay on top of physical and mental health
• Spending quality time for friends and family.
Making space for self-care in your life provides significant benefits to physical and mental health. Some aspects of self-care are enriching and fun.
Self-care is not selfish; it is vital to being a well healthy and balanced person. This lets you face whatever life throws at you without breaking your stride.
Self-care at work is important! Keep a pitcher of water on your desk, so you stay hydrated throughout the day and try to choose healthy snacks rather than donuts and coffee.
Make sure you take regular breaks and try to get outdoors during your lunch break. Eating at your desk is a big no-no! Take a proper break and get some fresh air. You’ll be a lot more focused in the afternoon, you’ll feel better and be more productive.
It is easy to feel stuck at work, and not feel engaged with your work. However, there are things you can do to change how you view yourself, your relationships, and your career. Taking a growth mindset, planning your career strategically, and practicing self-care can help you become more engaged and satisfied with your work.