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Develop these work habits if you want to be better and happier at your job

Positivity allows you to see possibilities that you would have otherwise missed if you had embraced a gloomy attitude.

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Positivity allows you to see possibilities that you would have otherwise missed if you had embraced a gloomy attitude.

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At times, doing things the same way becomes mundane and monotonous. Those are the times when motivation starts dwindling and dropping because there is nothing exciting to look forward to. Without our knowledge we switch to “autopilot” mode. This is when our system gets used to doing things subconsciously like a robot.

However, to counter that, there are different things that you can do that can make your work more exciting and become something that you look forward to everyday. Here are some habits you should embrace to have a more fulfilled work experience:

1. Set goals

When you are working towards something, it builds a sense of purpose. It gives you drive to work because there is a task that you need to accomplish. Set achievable goals for your work and go over and beyond what is expected of you. It builds morale and increases your efficiency. Growth will be inevitable and if you keep showing progress you might get promoted. Establish a self-reward system so that you can be motivated to set and achieve your goals better.

2. Manage your time well

Achieving your goals and good time management go hand in hand. You need to plan your day in time blocks and ensure that you stick to the plan faithfully. Effective time management helps you perform optimally and get more work done. Good time management helps you organize your thoughts and tasks. You will therefore not have overlapping tasks and as a result revolve around the same issues with no forward movement.

When you plan and manage your time well, it saves up time to do extra things that you love doing. It also helps you reduce your workload significantly. All you need to do is employ time blocking. Time blocking is where you set a task to a specific amount of time and you stick to that task without paying attention to distractions.

3. Embrace positivity

Always be optimistic in life. It is called the glass half full kind of mentality. While we do experience challenges and bumps along the way maintaining a positive attitude will carry you through those unpleasant times. Positivity allows you to see possibilities that you would have otherwise missed if you had embraced a gloomy attitude.

4. Be honest with yourself

Honesty with self is very paramount. This means owning up to past mistakes and accepting responsibility for things you might have done wrong. Also appreciate that as a human being you have limits. There are things that you can’t do or manage. On the flip side, acknowledge your strengths and passions. Leverage on them so that you can accomplish more desired outcomes.

5. Appreciate

Learn to say thank you for even the tiniest of things. Thank your colleagues for standing in for you when you were not feeling well. Be thankful to the office support staff which ensures that your desks and offices are clean and they do so regularly.

In the same vein, also appreciate yourself when you make progress or you achieve something small. It can be as little as taking 30 minutes to accomplish a certain task while previously you would take an hour and a half.

How do you motivate yourself at work? Share with us in the comment section below. 

Written by

Kelvin Mokaya

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