A Simple Year is a year long on-line course that I’m participating in that covers subjects related to simplifying your life. For the month of June, the topic covered was titled Work, which covered a number of related topics from tips on productivity to how to do work you love. The topic teacher was Courtney Carver from the well known simplicity blog called Be More with Less.
The topic for this month was of great interest because ultimately we all want to be happy with our work. Being in the process of transitioning careers, I felt that it was important to ensure that what I do for work does make me happy in the long run.
Ultimately, it’s not about just the work that we do to make a living, it goes further than that. To me its about being able to live the life you want and knowing what’s important. I am slowly learning that It’s about finding and prioritising things in life that make you happy. Because at the end of the day, everything in your life is interconnected. If you are not happy in your home life, it will affect your work, if you are not balanced at work, then you affect your health and so on. Like the cycle of nature, our lives also follow a similar path.
So I decided to write myself a list of things that would help make me happy at work. It’s not focused on the work itself but rather a reminder of what I need to do to keep me happy, here is my list:
START EVERY MORNING WITH A PLAN. Every day (including weekends) I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee and plan my day. I’ve found that the consistency of knowing what I’m doing and when sets the right tone for the day. And if I managed to accomplish most of what I intended then I end the day happy.
PLAN YOUR WORK A WEEK AHEAD. At this point in time I juggle a few balls, studying, blogging, design work, playdates with little J & house stuff. I only have certain slots of time when I can do these things. So when I write down a list of what needs to be accomplished for the week, it helps me to prioritise what needs to be done during those slots. If I don’t manage to accomplish everything, I’m not too hard on myself. You can only do so much sometimes.
MAKE TIME FOR GOOD NUTRITION. I’ve learned over time that how I feel is directly impacted by what I eat. When I don’t give myself the time to eat properly I usually feel tired and sluggish. I prevent this by making sure that what I eat is healthy and nutritious. Though I love cake and sweets, I try my best to ensure that I have lots of greens and water throughout the day to balance things out.
DO THE BORING STUFF FIRST. Who doesn’t hate admin. I am terribly irritable when I have to do admin and taxes. It stresses me out! So I make a point to tackle it first. I have what I call “Admin Monday’s” where my Monday mornings are dedicated to getting all the administrative stuff out of the way. I always feel so much better after I’ve done it and then I have the rest of the week to look forward to doing fun things which make me happy.
GET OUTDOORS. There is something magical about working in a different environment. Sometimes when I’ve been in the house for too long or it’s a bit noisy and I need some quiet, I take it outside. In fact, I am writing this post in a local cafe because there was too much going on at home due to school holidays! I’ve been able to get into my writing zone as a result.
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF. Do you ever feel guilty when you make time for yourself during working hours? I do this all the time. It’s something I am still getting to grips with, but I find that if I make time for myself, that I am much more relaxed and willing and ready to tackle that next project. Because at the end of the day, life is short. You should enjoy it.
What do you do to keep yourself happy at work? I’d love to know. xD
Image Source: Photography by Doris Lee