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9 Ways To Improve Your Work Life (And Be Happier)

Work can be challenging with long hours and demanding tasks on your agenda. But there are steps you can take to make your work life easier and less stressful, allowing you to be more successful at work and ultimately, happier in general.

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Here’s 9 ways to improve your life at work:

1. Tame The Ego

If you have a heightened sense of self and believe you are more important than the people around you, you can lose work life balance.

You are not as important as you think you are and the company you work for will survive without you. Get your ego in check and when there is something you can’t do, ask a colleague. It shows great leadership to be able to lean on those around you, not trying to do everything yourself. Besides, you will be remembered for the impact you have on those around you, not the amount of work you got done or how busy you are.

2. Connect With Colleagues

The kind of people you work with can make or break a happy work environment. Connect with the people around you and find out who they are and what makes them tick. You will quickly build bonds with those around you making your days much easier. Grab a coffee together, eat together and converse about non-work related matters. It will do wonders for those days when you have a hard day and need a friendly face to help lift your mood.

3. Study Your Industry

Stay abreast of what’s happening in your industry so you are more knowledgeable about your area of expertise and so you can do your job better with more information under your belt.  Knowledge is power and it will help you to work more effectively and will help you communicate with your colleagues better, meaning more respect at work.

4. Set Personal Goals

Every position has its own KPIs that you are required to achieve to be successful, but what about setting goals for yourself to help you stay focused, healthy and happy able to perform at your best?

Try setting some of these personal goals at work:

  • Set a goal to have a 5-minute break away from your desk every hour
  • Drink 2 litres of water every day
  • Take a walk at lunch through the park to reset
  • Exercise 3 times a week at lunch time
  • Seek out a mentor to help you excel in the areas you are the weakest


5. Busy Isn't Cool

Being such a busy, hardworking culture, we often get caught up in running on full speed, associating being busy with being important.

Taking a moment once a week or even better, once a day to step back and ask yourself why you are so busy and what it’s all for can help you break out of this repetitive cycle. Of course you have work to do, and money to earn, but do you need to check your emails on your phone while you are on the toilet?

6. Wake Up Early

A great way to reduce stress is to wake up an hour earlier each day to set a routine that focuses on kick-starting your day in the right way. I wake up at 5am everyday regardless of my daily schedule and take time to prepare a healthy breakfast, to do yoga or meditate and to set off for work calm, focused and determined to achieve the goals I set out for myself.

And before you say “I’m not a morning person” that’s just a myth and a label you give yourself and a routine you’ve got into. Changing your circadian rhythm won’t take long, just get up earlier, stop making excuses and start your day with a head start on the rest of the world.

7. Get To Know Your Boss Better

Learning what makes your boss tick will help you understand how they work and what they want so you can get the job done better. Communicating better with your boss will help make your work life much easier and less stressful.

Don’t stalk your boss or rock up at their house hoping to become best friends, just take some time to have a coffee together and to learn the greater vision they have for life and the company.

8. Work Smarter

We’ve all heard the saying “work smarter, not harder” but what does this actually mean? Learn to prioritise. Instead of coming to work and jumping into meetings and tasks without a clear direction, plan your day with an old fashioned To Do list. And then mark 3 things on this list of tasks you must do that day that are important for your role and the bigger picture. Allocate time to these 3 tasks and then get them done.

Don’t allow people to interrupt you during these tasks, as you have a clear priority and distracting you will only stop you from performing at your best.

9. Learn To Say No

This one is a doozy. Too many people spread themselves too thinly by constantly being a people pleaser and saying yes.

When you consistently allow yourself to be distracted by other people’s problems and questions, you get setback for the day which ends with you being stressed, over worked and unhappy.

Sure, it’s true that working in an open plan office can help increase energy and happiness in the office, but it also means a constant open door policy.

Don’t be afraid to tell people to schedule time in your diary for another time so you can focus on your most important tasks at hand. And whilst you may be the only person that has the answers they need, if the project isn’t a priority for you and it isn’t your job, don’t be afraid to give quick pointers without physically doing the task for them.

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About the Author

Nicole Dickmann is a Marketing Manager with a passion for creating brands and marketing campaigns to sell a vision.

Her greatest passion is using her Marketing background to help people chase a better version of themselves - be it their health, wellbeing or their career.

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