How to Make Your Job More Enjoyable

How to make your job more enjoyableAs 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:

Socialize

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.

Get Comfortable

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.

Get Organized

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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Comments

  1. Keeping my desk clean and organized makes such a difference to how I feel at work – I just do a quick tidy up of my paperwork before I leave each night, so I don’t have a mess to come in to in the morning! I also always go for a walk at lunchtime, it’s surprising how good you feel after a bit of fresh air and exercise (I’m just trying to avoid walking to the stores these days!) FF xx

  2. Great point! I try to do the same thing. Although there are some nights where I am so antsy to leave that I just fly out of the office and then regret it the next morning when I see my desk is all messy.
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  3. Great tips here! I definitely believe that you can’t take your work home with you- there has to be some place where you just go and it doesn’t follow you. Everybody needs to unplug, and that’s especially true if it’s a job you might not necessarily enjoy. And for me, an organized workspace is a must!
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  4. Liz, all awesome tips! My best jobs have been that in which we as co-workers were friends, for all of the reasons you mentioned above. You don’t necessarily have to hang out after work, but at least be friends during work.
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  5. I’ve struggled with this topic recently. We moved to a new building about a year and a half ago and ever since I have had trouble with my work space. There are now only three cube walls and two of them are a bit lower. It’s a really distracting environment and difficult to concentrate and feel like you have your own space. Oh wait, was this supposed to be about how to enjoy work more? 😉

    Well, I definitely think getting to know people is good, but also getting to know a few people outside of your team is important because you won’t always be buddy-buddy with the people you directly work with. I also sometimes will put in headphones if I need to concentrate and need to not be interrupted.

    I really like your suggestion of taking on additional projects. I started working on a bigger one a couple months ago and have had a fun time working with other people in different areas of finance as well as IT, project management, etc.
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  6. At my first job we had such a great team of people. We used to laugh and have a good time at work. It was a pleasure going to work. Unfortunately, layoffs and other corporate changes separated the team but we had some good times and I have fond memories.
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  7. Chapstick in the desk is my #1 must have! I don’t have a single personal item on my desk (I’m not much of a “nester” even in my own apartment), but I make sure to have chapstick and a pair of flats in case I wear rain boots/winter boots/uncomfortable heels. Work friends are also incredibly important!
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  8. Great post! Turning it off after work is essential (for me at least) for my personal life.
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  9. Great Tips! I find when I have a project I working on I often shut down the e-mail notifier so I’m not distracted every few minutes when a new e-mails rolls in.
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  10. Although for a while I tried really hard to get away from my job, I started realizing that I’m in sales, and I started applying my side-hustle-mentality to my job instead, focusing on increasing my commissions. They don’t know what fired my engines again, but my colleagues appreciate my drive and ambition, and I enjoy my job again.

  11. I learned going after a project to be the most beneficial. The job you get paid to do might be boring and monotonous but there are other projects you can join that’s more interesting. That’s what I learned to do. I enhanced my skill, networked within my company and was able to move around quicker to other departments.
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