How to make work feel like leisure
As we approach mid-September, many of us are also approaching a return from holidays to the day to day grind. It can be very easy to become discouraged and lethargic when just a few days ago your only concern was how many drinks you can sip by the sea, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Although we are not promising that we can exactly make working feel like being at a beach-side resort, we can definitely give you some pointers to make it feel less like a chore, and more like leisure.
Do something you enjoy
It probably sounds like we don’t even need to say it because it’s so obvious, but the first step to having fun with what you do- is to ensure that you like your role. Nothing is as gruelling as having to return to a job you hate. It doesn’t only feel like a chore, but it can negatively affect your mental well-being and health, so your best bet to have hard work feel more like leisure is to find something you enjoy doing and do it for a living! Don’t be afraid to do so.
Create positive relationships with your co-workers
The people who you will spend most of the week with are also essential in whether or not you enjoy your work. They will be a big part of your life so you want to ensure that you have a good working environment, surrounded by people who don’t make you feel energy-drained and who make working feel easier and even motivate you. So make sure that you start building meaningful relationships with the people around you from the get-go.
Have a schedule
You need to have a plan while you work- it’s the best way to ensure that you get all your tasks noted down and done in time and that you don’t end up having too much to do in too little time. Adding stress to the job you are already struggling to have fun with is not a good idea and it’s totally avoidable. So make sure you have a daily or weekly task list and that you run through them; make notes of relevant things; use calendars and schedules. Make sure that you have your house in order and you will be so much closer to breaking a smile as you work.
Propose/participate in team building events and company events
There is a reason why these are so popular- events and activities within the workplace lead to higher morale and more cohesiveness when working. Not only is this a great way of getting to know your colleagues and managers, but it also gives what could be a well needed and earned break from more demanding work, and gives you a fun way of engaging with the company. Depending on what tasks you end up doing it can also help boost your skills and make you a better employee with a more positive mindset. If your company doesn’t have these events set up, it could be a good exercise in assertiveness to propose them yourself and ensure that the whole team can benefit from them.
There. We have now equipped you to go ahead and start having a lot more fun at work and feel a lot more accomplished and less nervous about returning to work after your holiday.
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