Avoid succumbing to
depression and boredom at work. Read the following tips to improve your mood
and productivity while you’re there.
1- Listen to Music
If your work involves routine jobs like filing or filling in forms, do
these tasks to music and you will notice your pace quicken. Listening to your
own selection of songs through earphones will also help you disconnect from the
chaos around you and calm you as you go about your business.
2- See the Bigger Picture
Depression and boredom can easily set in if all you do is organize
files, receive angry calls from customers and rush about trying to complete endless
tasks. If you look more closely at what you see as a boring routine, you will
discover that it’s a vital aspect of a work cycle, and that without it other
aspects will not function. If you can pinpoint just how useful what you do is
to others, it will give you the necessary boost to press on and fulfil their
expectations – maybe even with a smile on your face.
3- Clean Up
Your mood will undoubtedly be affected by any clutter and mess around
your workspace and in your drawers. Have a regular clean up of your working
environment, removing all unnecessary clutter and filing the rest.
4- A Well-Earned Rest
Make sure you take time off for lunch and enjoy it with some colleagues,
chatting and laughing away from the stresses of your pending work. This daily
time out is essential for giving your mind a rest from the constant rhythm of your
5- Loved Ones
Most of us work for little reward or appreciation, and get little money
in return. We need great resilience to endure all this and meet our
responsibilities to our families and loved ones. Make the most of this positive
motivation and decorate your space with pictures of your nearest and dearest to
lighten up your working environment and remind you of the need to persevere.
6- A Touch of Nature
Add a natural touch to your office by bringing in a potted plant. Plants
are known to lighten the mood of any room they are in, adding a sense of calm
7- Reduce Negativity
Back away from discussions revolving around negative aspects of work.
Constructive criticism is sometimes good, but excessive negative remarks can significantly
sour anyone’s mood.
8- A Quick Break
Every half hour take a two-minute break. On some of these occasions, stretch
your legs with a walk to the cafeteria for your favourite drink. You will
notice your energy levels boost after each mini-break.
9- Light Snacks
Pack a selection of fresh fruit and eat from it several times a day. This
colourful, natural sugar boost is bound to give you a lift and you can always share
it with a colleague too.
Being in the workplace with other people involves developing ties with
them so that you can enjoy each other’s company. Be supportive of your
colleagues and attend their various events such as birthdays and engagements. Ensure
you stay up to date with their achievements, promotions, new babies and other
life events. They will reciprocate, enhancing your sense of belonging at your workplace
and improving your mood when you are around them.