Sooner or later, we all get fed up with our jobs. Sometimes, this means it’s time to change gigs, but there are less drastic ways to improve your situation. In an insightful Business News Daily post titled “5 Simple Scientific Ways to Love Your Job More,” writer Brittney Helmrich shares some excellent tips she’s picked up from around the web. Read on and get ready for better living (and happier working) through science.
1. Tidy Up and Personalize Your Workspace — Why should you clear away the junk on your desk and hang up a few family photos? According to a study by the Journal of Experimental Psychology, workers given license to decorate their work areas are up to 32 percent more productive than those who aren’t. They also report “enhanced feelings of organizational identification and well-being,” according to Helmrich.
2. Stop Procrastinating — We all have work duties we dread, and if researchers at Penn State University are to be believed, there are benefits to tackling these types of tasks first. It’s called “pre-crastination,” and as Helmrich writes, knocking out cringe-worthy assignments early in the morning frees up the rest of your day for more pleasant things.
3. Give Yourself Rewards — Or, more importantly, offer yourself incentives: “If I finish this spreadsheet by 3 p.m., I’ll go buy myself a latte.” It’s that type of thinking, Hemrich says, that leads to better performance, and she cites evidence from a University of Chicago study that shows students test better when there’s the promise of a reward.
4. Use the Buddy System — In a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota, students who worked on projects with friends were found to outperform those who worked with acquaintances. What’s more, New York magazine reports, people with best friends at their jobs tend to be more passionate, loyal, and focused. They’re also less prone to changing jobs and getting sick, and they have more satisfied customers. The takeaway: make friends in your office.
5. Limit Your Hours — As per the American Journal of Epidemiology, working long hours can cause heart problems and boost your chances of heart disease by 40 to 80 percent. On a related note, The Telegraph reports, researchers at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading looked at workers who use the Internet for work purposes during off-work hours, and it turns out they’re at increased risk for anxiety, depression, and isolation. They also become addicted to the Internet. By only working during, you know, work hours, you might avoid this fate.