Work isn’t always a smooth sailing journey. There will be times when things may get you down. Perhaps you put in a lot of time and effort to finish a project proposal, only to have your boss reject it with scathing criticism. Or maybe the promotion you were in line for was given to somebody else.
When such things happen, it’s easy to let the negative emotions – whether that’s anger, disappointment or frustration – overwhelm you. And while it’s helpful to vent these feelings once in a while, dwelling in this unfavourable state of mind is counter productive.
Here’s eight powerful strategies you can use to stay positive about work:
1) Look on the bright side
It is easy to lose sight of the good things when your focus is only on the unpleasant events that took place at work.
Rather than wallow in self pity, always choose to view things in a more affirmative way — such as; “This would definitely help to expand my capacity to handle situations in a more mature way.” This type of positive thinking will give you greater impetus to get the job done, and propel you on the route to success.
2) Stay focused on your career goals
One of the best ways to keep your spirits up when things are not going smoothly is to stay focused on your career goals and set achievable milestones to get there. Rather than fixating on unhappiness at work, keep your eye on the prize. This will motivate you to keep striving for success, while providing you with a clear direction.
3) Keep calm… and focus on solving problems
When you are stressed out, problems at work can seem to be much bigger than they appear. In times like this, take a step back and assess your current work situation. Determine which aspects you can address immediately. If there’s something that can’t be taken care of right away, resolve to put it aside until an appropriate time to revisit the matter.
If need be, come up with a concrete plan to tackle work problems on a step by step basis. Taking a proactive approach to solving these issues is way more productive than simply stressing out about it. You’ll also feel more in control of the situation too.
4) Be generous and offer your assistance
It is said that doing acts of kindness can help improve your mood and boost self-esteem. This same attitude applies in the workplace. If you see your teammates having problems with their projects, why not approach them and offer your help? Besides building goodwill with your colleagues, you’ll also be contributing to your team’s success!
5) Build strong relationships with your teammates
While you don’t have to be best friends with your colleagues, the workplace will be a more positive environment when you are on good terms with them. For one, it’s much easier to work with people you like, so you’ll stand a better chance of getting things done as a team. On a social level, it’s also good to be able to chat and share a joke easily with your colleagues.
6) Minimise bringing work out of the workplace
With the rise of smartphones and chat apps, there’s a tendency for us to blur the lines between the workplace and home. It starts off innocently enough with answering a few emails after office hours. Pretty soon, you are chatting with your clients, partners and teammates on WhatsApp or Slack around the clock, while constantly obsessing about work issues.
Such behaviour can be detrimental to your mental wellbeing, leading to resentment about work and an inability to relax outside the workplace. You can overcome this by establishing a one-time, one-space policy. This means setting a limited block of time (perhaps an hour after dinner) for doing work or designating a specific area at home for work tasks, thus maintaining some form of work-life balance.
7) Do one thing at a time
Given the frantic pace of work these days, it’s easy to tell ourselves that we can get more done simply by multitasking better. However, studies have shown that our brains are not really built for doing multiple tasks at the same time. Trying to do so just saps our mental capacity to focus and increase our chances of making mistakes.
If you really need to get things done, a better idea would be to use the Pomodoro technique, which uses a timer to break work down into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. This popular technique helps to reduce the impact of interruptions and helps you build up focus and flow.
8) Exercise and get enough rest
Exercise promotes the release of dopamine, a natural chemical in your body that acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain for the feelings of happiness and pleasure. Regular physical activity will also help to keep your body healthy, giving you more energy at work and in your everyday life.
At the same time, it’s important to get enough rest. This includes taking short breaks at work, and finding time after office hours to unwind and rest. Doing so will ensure that you’re fully charged up to tackle the challenges of work in a positive manner.
Give it a go today
We’ve shown you eight strategies to stay upbeat at work. If you are constantly feeling down in the office, it’s time to put things back on track again. Give any one (or more) of our approaches a try, and start feeling better and happier in the workplace again.
Remember, that the mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, you’ll achieve more and your life will start to change. Here’s wishing you great success at work!All content is produced and published by IMPACT! Brand Communications.