Here are 5 things you can do today to shake up your work life for the better:
Tackle a nagging task: Do you need to write a difficult email, edit a boring document, or search your files for a missing form? The stewing is often worse than the doing, so tackle that task. You’ll get a big charge of energy from crossing it off your list.
Choose a one-word theme for your work goals: It’s fun and helpful to choose a single word to sum up your yearly goal for yourself. Some one-word theme examples can be: “Delegate,” “Growth,” “Repurpose.” Focusing on a single word that can resonate with you in all areas can be really powerful and help you stay focused.
Clean your desk: For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, and also a sense of focus and energy. Take even just 10 minutes to create more outer order: Organize your supplies, clear out a desk drawer, toss some old brochures, take home the plastic containers you’ve amassed at work and wipe down your computer and desk.
Adopt an office show: Research shows that having friends at work is a big happiness booster. One way to really build a connection with co-workers is to adopt an office show—a TV show or podcast that many people enjoy. It creates a bond, makes it easier to connect, and gives an easy, casual way for more reserved or junior people to join the conversation.
Choose the bigger life: Tough decisions about work life are bound to crop up from time to time: Should I transfer to another city? Should I go back to school? Should I switch careers? Sometimes the pros and cons seem balanced, and it’s easy to get paralyzed. In that case, it’s helpful to think, “Choose the bigger life.” Often, that simple statement can make the course more clear. The great thing about it is that nobody can tell you what the “bigger life” is. That’s up for you to decide for yourself.