Ways to Enjoy Your Job – How to Improve Your Job Performance
Posted On April 27, 2018
Always Be Yourself
One of the first simple ways to enjoy your job and to improve your job performance is by being yourself. I know you’ve heard this before and it’s probably not something you have on the top of your list. However, this is where the confusion starts from.
How can one truly enjoy a job when constantly being influenced by the surroundings? Think for a moment about how we grew up. We’ve been conditioned from the get-go to be influenced in someway – by the media, things around us, people we know or are close to.
Whenever you are feeling the pressure to be someone else or feeling you are running out of time, watch the following video:
You are unique and exist because a single sperm (out of millions of them) fertilized an egg. Think about this for a minute. What are the chances? It’s almost impossible that you are here. So, why be someone else?
Embrace your individuality and uniqueness. Conforming and not having a clear direction on where you are headed will ultimately lead to a life where you are always striving and never content and consequently living an unfulfilled life.
Prioritize, Stay Focused, Manage Your Time Wisely
How to focus on one thing at a time is that you get things done as they come and in their order of importance. Remember. “First things first. Second things never”. Know how you are measured and tailor your best efforts to accomplishing the things you will be measured upon.
If you must defer anything be sure it is important enough for you to come back to. If it’s not important enough, do not worry about it; have the resolve to let it go. Realize that you can only do so much. Put in your best (nothing beats a good honest hard work) and manage your time wisely.
Don’t spend time doing things that are not critical or that do not create much impact. Don’t waste your time constantly reacting to fires. For more details on this, read about the psychology of time management.
If you are spending too much time on one thing, sometimes you may need to be more effective by being resourceful. Remember, this is likely not the first time such a challenge exist. So, there are answers out there. You simply need to find them by talking to people, going online. Do not be afraid/shy to ask for help.
If you don’t like to delegate, learn how to. Delegate to others who can get the job done faster or who enjoy getting the tasks done. Support them and pay forward in any way that’s meaningful so they feel appreciated.
Surround yourself with the right people. If they are still learning how, spend the time to train them so they are proficient to getting the tasks done on your behalf. Don’t be trying to do it all by yourself. Pace yourself. Take regular breaks to stretch and refresh or recharge the mind so you can continue to be productive.
Respect the Job and Be Interested
Being interested in a task matters and it fuels the emotional state, productivity, energy and passion one exudes. Regularly remind yourself of compelling reason(s) why your job is important.
Imagine if you took every task you are given with the utmost respect, you’ll do such a good job because your level of engagement will be different. Your energy level will go-up, your self-worth will increase, you’ll start to find meaning in what you do, you’ll be happier. Naturally, this will translate into recognition at work and the respect of your peers and your success.
Being respectful of the tasks goes a long way in maintaining your emotional state and managing boredom. Count yourself lucky to be employed and focus on building your skill set so you are remarkable. The sooner this is understood, the sooner the feeling of not being appreciated, worry, anxiety, resentments or boredom will start to diminish.
Monitor Your Emotional State – Manage Boredom
Get in the habit of being in the right emotional state. Do this by: being honest with yourself, becoming more physically active, focusing on positive things and on what you can control. Be thankful of even the simplest thing so you can have more.
Have you ever come home exhausted from a “long day’s work”? Especially if you have a corporate job, where you sit most of the time in front of a computer putting out fires and doing things, most times, your mind isn’t proud of. It’s not that you are exhausted. It’s because you are in a wrong emotional state that defaults into boredom.
If this is not the case, then ask yourself this question. “Have I ever been very excited doing something and exhausted at the same time?” Also, how do you explain a person yawning in a class or meeting where the theme is slow and disengaging, yet fully awake in another where the theme is quite engaging? Or a person reading a book and dozing off but able to spend hours watching TV, or on YouTube or Facebook watching something else?
Even physical tasks could be considered boring and could lead to feeling of exhaustion after a long day. If this is not the case, how do you explain how some people seem to have the energy and the focus to run a mile while some people feel exhausted just climbing a few stairs. Imagine giving the same exhausted person an incentive to climb the same stairs, he or she won’t feel exhausted.
Don’t Take Yourself for Granted
Do something fun! Appreciate yourself more and make it a habit to feel and look good. A part of you die slowly whenever you don’t cherish an accomplishment or don’t feel great about even the little things. This is fundamental to living a happy life.
We live to grow. So there’s always going to be the next level or the next thing. However, we must learn to enjoy each level so this can lead to the next level.
If you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be an effective contributor. Reward yourself regularly. Don’t wait for others to reward you. You can reward yourself by spending time doing something fun with friends, family or loved ones. Don’t expect your manager, company or colleagues to commend on anything you are doing right. Chances are they are caught up in their own struggles.
Get in the habit of regularly taking the time to summarize and reflect on your accomplishments for positive reinforcement. Cultivate the habit of being grateful for these accomplishments so you can get more.
I hope this post is of some value to you. Let me know what you think. Feel free to share with others who might find it helpful.