Wouldn’t it be great to impatiently wake up just before your alarm goes off, eager to start your day because you have the best job in the world?
Whether you work in an anonymous office cubicle, at home, in a service job or as your own boss, the job you have right now can be the best job in the world. You may be thinking: It’s just a job. It pays the mortgage and feeds me, that’s all there is to it. I hate going there, and I can’t wait to leave.
But you could have the best job in the world, right now, right where you work. If you don’t feel that way about your current job, here are six tips that may help you.
Be the best you possibly can be at work.
- Whatever it is that you do–whether you spend your work days flipping burgers or leading meetings–be as good at it as you can be. No matter what, treat it professionally. Use all of your training and make improvements on it. Partake in more training wherever and whenever possible.
- Seek ways to expand your job responsibilities. Ask for more work, if at all possible. Don’t over-burden yourself, but if you have time to do some extra tasks, then do them. Try crafting your job–discern which job tasks you enjoy doing, and ask for more of them.
- Remember that work time isn’t playtime. Close Facebook, put your phone away and focus on your work. Don’t answer personal texts or calls from friends and family unless there’s an emergency.
- Maintain a good attitude.
- Try to stay positive all the time. Don’t fake it by being permanently and excruciatingly cheerful in every situation. Simply look for as many positives as you can in every situation. Do you have an unhappy customer who lodged a complaint? Look at it as a learning opportunity. Did you make a mistake? View it as a chance to improve.
- Show authentic interest in the people who cross your path at work. Listen to them and look at them when they talk to you, and give undivided attention to them. Don’t ever let people feel like they’re in your way, are irritating, or are “just a customer.” Each person that you meet changes you in some way, and you have the same effect on them. Be certain that each person who leaves you feels better than they did in some way before they met you.
- Develop positive relationships with your superiors. They may be your “boss,” but they’re people just like you, so treat them as such. Smile pleasantly, and be eager to do what you’re asked to do. Figure out what they expect, and live up to that.
- Be a team player.
- Don’t muddle through; do some research on effective team work. Know your role on the team. Look for better ways of working, and don’t hesitate in speaking up about them.
- Communication skills are critical to effective teamwork. This is true whether you’re brainstorming, sharing resources, or working out problems within the team. Don’t let resentment fester. Use effective communication to work out issues before they’re too big to handle.
- Swap tasks with coworkers. For example, if you love to write reports but dislike creating spreadsheets, try to find a co-worker with opposite preferences, and try to work out a trade-off. You’ll both be better employees if you’re doing the tasks you enjoy most.
- Be honest.
- If you make a mistake, own it as soon as you notice it, make the necessary apologies, and work out a way with your supervisor to fix it. Then to it. Don’t attempt to pass the blame off onto a fellow team member or employee.
- Ask for explanations when you don’t understand things. It’s always better to ask for an explanation than to just act like you know what ‘s going on.
- Don’t gossip, and keep your private life private. Gossips are usually known as such, and employers generally don’t reward or promote them.
- Be respectful to others.
- Look for ways to show kindness to subordinates. Remember, you were once in that position. Don’t withhold information from them. Don’t be ill-mannered or sarcastic at their expense; you don’t need a reputation as a bully. Occasionally treat subordinate workers to coffee or lunch. This will them make them feel good about their job.
- If you learn that a coworker is upset or stressed about something, tactfully ask if there’s a way you can help them. Sometimes all people need is the feeling that there’s someone else on their side.
- Give genuine consideration to your co-workers’ and teammates’ ideas. Don’t ever dismiss a suggestion. Think about the ideas, and ask for expansion or more information. If the idea is truly unfeasible or flat-out silly, find a tactful way to tell them. Don’t just say it. Tell them the time’s not right, or that you’ve made note of it for reference in the future.
- Keep journals.
- At work, always keep a work journal with you. Treat it as your “work bible.” Write down every tip, suggestion and idea you have. Peruse your journal every day before you start working and after you stop, and write down any relevant thoughts. Use your journal to make a task list for the next day. Don’t leave anything out. Include the marketing tip you think your supervisor may appreciate, details of the call with a client you made, or notes for the chat you need to have with a coworker.
- At home, keep a private job-related journal for things you wouldn’t want anyone else at work to see. Use this journal to rant, or to analyze and work out interpersonal problems. Sometimes simply putting problems into words helps reveal a solution.
Also use this private journal to ennumerate possible job improvements. Write out your ideas of your dream job. How would your dream job make you feel? How would it make differences in your life? Try writing about it as if you’ve landed it and you’re living it. Use your journal to create your perfect work situation. When the journal is full, read through it and see how those visualizations have come true. It will serve as proof that you already have the best job in the world.