When it comes to work, a certain level of grumpiness is to be expected — especially on Mondays. Even people who love their jobs get discouraged sometimes, but what if you find yourself absolutely miserable? That’s a real problem — one that John Brandon of Inc. aims to solve. In a Daily Muse post titled “6 Ways You’re Making Yourself Miserable at the Office,” he shares a half-dozen tips for battling the malaise and improving your peace of mind. Read on to see what he suggests.
1. Meet In Person — Email is quick and easy, but according to research, it’s not necessarily the best way to communicate. It turns out the flickering light, coupled with the single level of perspective, might be messing with your head and bumming you out. Every now and then, walk over to a coworker’s desk and engage in some face-to-face conversation. Picking up the phone also works.
2. Let Some Light In — While some types of workers need low light, this isn’t true of everyone. If your job doesn’t entail heavy graphics work, open up those shades and let some sunlight in. Brandon even suggests grabbing a light censor to see if the darkness in your cubicle is a problem.
3. Embrace a Little Clutter — Is your desk completely empty, save for the computer and a few office essentials? While you may pride yourself on the lack of clutter, that boring desk might be contributing to your unhappiness. Try throwing in a few tchotchkes and family photos.
4. Loosen Your Schedule — There’s something to be said for sticking with a schedule, but you don’t want to become too rigid. As Brandon says, there might be a park around the corner that’s great for walking in, and after work, coworkers might be game for hanging out and gabbing for a few minutes. Don’t miss out on these and other opportunities because you’re hell-bent on leaving at 5PM sharp every day.
5. Hydrate — Just because there’s an endless supply of K-cups in the kitchen doesn’t mean you have to swill coffee all day. What your body really needs is water. Hydrate. You’ll feel better.
6. Don’t Finish Everything — Everyone has a to-do list, but not all items on said inventories are equally important. Knock out the important stuff, but don’t get fixated on the tiny things that don’t really matter. “What happens when you finish every task is that you become hardened to the cold reality of your task list that dictates your every move rather than, ironically, getting more work done,” Brandon writes.