As I’ve mentioned before, I work full time as a tax accountant. While I hope to be self-employed one day, I rely on my full-time job for most of my income at this point. I spend a lot of time at work, driving to work and getting ready for work. I try to enjoy my full-time job and I think this is important because it takes up a lot of my time. Here are a few tips for making your job more enjoyable:
I’ve had many different jobs since high school from cashiering, resident assisting in college, internships and now full time jobs. I’ve found that making friends with your coworkers is so important. I’ve always enjoyed my job more when I enjoy the people I work with. You don’t have to be super close friends by any means but try to get to know your coworkers and be friendly. Not only does it make the day more fun when you have people to socialize with, but it also will help you when you need to reach out for help with your work. Coworkers can also be great support when the office gets stressful.
It’s important to make yourself comfortable while you’re at work. I find that when I’m comfortable, I am able to focus better and work more efficiently. Some things I like to keep at my desk include: a picture of hubby and me on our vaca (need some motivation to work!), Ibprofen for those nasty headaches, a snacks, hand lotion, chapstick, water bottle and a coffee mug. I enjoy my job more when I have a comfortable space to work in.
Keep your work and office space clean and organized. Your space is a reflection of your work and who you are. Make sure you leave people with a positive impression. I find that when there is too much clutter in my little cubicle I simply cannot concentrate. The mess just drives me crazy. Just last week I had to get help from a coworker that I hadn’t really worked with before. I walked over to her cube and I was shocked when I got there. It looked like a tornado had ripped through her space. I had a really hard time concentrating on what she was telling me because all I could do was stare at the mess.
Go After a Project
If there is an extra project at work that needs to get done consider volunteering to take it on. Why take on more work? Not only will your coworkers appreciate your help but you may also find yourself opening new doors for yourself. You might find yourself working on a new team or with people you don’t normally work with. One project might lead to another project. In addition people recognize and appreciate when people go above and beyond in their jobs.
Turn It Off After Work
Last but not least, it’s absolutely necessary that you learn how to stop thinking about work once you get home: turn it off. Of course this can’t be done all the time- there will be busy seasons, deadlines, and major projects that will require extra time outside the office. However, on a general note, you should try to manage this work-life balance. A major key to enjoying your job is learning how to separate your work life from your home life. Leave the stress of work at the office when you leave for the day. Don’t let the stress of work spoil your nights and weekends outside the office. At my last job I worked in Big 4 accounting and separating work and life was really difficult for me. I was stressed about work all. the. time. Since starting my new job three months ago, I have a much better balance and enjoy my job more because of this.
What are your tips or suggestions for making your job more enjoyable?
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