These Changes Can Make You Happier at Work
Making a few small changes can make a big difference in boosting your workplace productivity and happiness.
Gretchen Rubin, a happiness and productivity expert, offers these suggestions:
- Improve your tools and surroundings. Look around. Do you need a new laptop or better headphones? Is it time to update your software? Two monitors for your computer can be a productivity booster. Even something as simple as new pens can make a difference. When you have good tools, work goes more smoothly. Also look at clearing clutter and figure out what else could improve your workspace—a better chair, more light, or less noise, for instance.
- Use tracking tools. We manage what we monitor, so find tools that allow you to track projects and new habits, so you can maintain momentum. A calendar, journal, worksheet, or app are some possibilities.
- Eliminate digital clutter and distractions. Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and delete old emails and unused apps.
- Brainstorm ideas for quick boosts of energy. What works for you? Listening to new music, taking a break outside, are some examples.
- Consider how you can grow. We’re happier when we’re growing, so challenge yourself to learn a new skill or do something intimidating, like public speaking.
- Deepen your work relationships. Work is where we spend large parts of our day, so it’s natural that a lot of our friends and acquaintances are formed there. Strong relationships add greatly to our happiness. Can a work acquaintance become a friend? Could you re-connect with a work friend you haven’t seen in a while?
- Schedule a weekend Power Hour. Staying on top of chores and errands at home can make you feel more energetic and prepared when you come to work. Schedule an hour on the weekend just devoted to tasks that you have been procrastinating about.
For more advice, read “What Changes to Your Routine Might Make Your Work Life Happier?”