7 Ways to Be Happier at Work

Would you like to be happier at work?  We all have those rough days at work, the ones when we think we’ve had enough and can’t take it anymore. We just want to quit. But then you think about all the years you’ve put in, all the contacts you’ve made, and the promotions and raises you’ve worked hard for, and you change your mind and tell yourself tomorrow will be better.

Happier at work

But what if you could be happier at work more days than you’re unhappy? What if you looked forward to going to work and enjoyed what you do? Not only would it make you happier throughout your workday, but that joy would carry over into your home life.  According to an article on TheOneThing.com, “Happy people tend to work more efficiently and think more creatively. They also approach problems in a constructive manner so that their issues are quickly solved.”  So being happy is a win for you and for your company.

Ways to Be Happier at Work

Being happier at work isn’t as hard as you may think. Try these tips to improve your mood and enjoy your job more.

1. Do Something You Love

This may sound simple, but most people work a job for the money and not because it’s something they enjoy doing. Believe it or not, you can make money doing almost anything you love. You just need to figure out how. Think about the hobbies you enjoy and blend them together with the experience and skills you have to come up with a job that makes you happy.

 2. Find Balance

All work and no play is bad for your mental health and happiness. Find a job where you can find some balance, one that you can easily take time off for your child’s activities or date night with your spouse. A job that is more focused on work product instead of how many hours you sit at your desk will make you happier and more motivated.

3. Focus On Development

Both personal and professional development can make you happier in all areas of your life. What are your goals? Are there hobbies that interest you? What classes do you need to take for a promotion? Anything you do to better yourself will contribute to your happiness.

4. Stay In The Loop

Know what’s going on at work, even if it’s not in your department. It will help you see the bigger picture of what your company is focused on so that you can look for ways to contribute and maybe move to a different department where you’ll be happier.

5. Ask For Feedback

Most managers forget to tell their employees how much they’re appreciated or what a great job they do, but we need to hear those things to stay motivated. Ask your boss for feedback on how you’re doing at your job or how you managed a project.

6. Don’t Overextend Yourself

We think we can do it all, but we can’t. And overextending ourselves leads to stress, frustration, and resentment. Don’t take on a new project until you’ve taken some time to think about the time commitment involved and how you’ll manage it.

7. Avoid Negativity

Almost every office has an office gossip or two; you know the type who always talk about other people behind their back and spreading negativity everywhere. These are the people you need to avoid. Yes, they’ll probably talk about you too, but only because they’re jealous. Keep these people at arm’s length and politely walk away from conversations that are too negative.

When you focus on your own happiness, you can find ways in every situation to be happier no matter what’s going on around you.

Do You Need Help?

If you need help updating your resume, practicing for an interview, or organizing your job search information during these challenging times, consider reaching out to Rachel Schneider, CPC at Career Find to assist you.

By |2021-06-14T17:35:11-05:00April 15th, 2021|Work/Life Balance|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Be Happier at Work

Are You Being Kind To Yourself?

Kindness, you go out of your way to show it to others, but do you show it to yourself?  So often we are much kinder to others than to ourselves. This has been especially true during the past months when we are dealing with new stressors related to the pandemic.  Being kind to yourself is important too.

Kind to Yourself

Unusual Circumstances in Uncertain Times

These are unprecedented times in our modern history due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Here is a few of the things you and others might be experiencing:

  • Self-isolation since March because of high-risk reasons.
  • Extroverts and “social butterfly” people may feel hungry for connection.
  • Introverts may feel relief from “having” to interact and be around other people.
  • Those who live alone may be feeling low and depressed from being in “forced isolation” from people and the lack of in-person interactions with others (think grocery stores, restaurant wait-staff, dry cleaners, etc.)
  • Parents and guardians may be close to their breaking point having to be the parent and teacher for their children 24-hours a day for months on end without a break. We know they love their children, and also know it can be very intense and stressful.
  • Those who are employed AND have children have needed to learn to work from home AND teach at the same time.

Whatever You Are Feeling is OK

Feeling overwhelmed, lost in a sea of repetition, exhausted and unable to recharge is not uncommon. Having difficulty sleeping, changes in eating patterns, feeling irritated, low, fearful or anxious are all too common.  But all of these feelings are OK.

Whatever feelings you have, whatever you are experiencing – It is ok.  Be kind to yourself and ALLOW yourself to BE in whatever way you need to be at this point in time.

It’s ok to feel all of these things, some of these things, or none of them.  Give yourself permission to feel whatever it is that you feel.  And give yourself some grace for doing the best you can in unusual circumstances.

Allow yourself to accept this temporary reality and the feelings that come with it, and stop resisting. Stop beating yourself up over not doing everything perfect or feeling great about this new situation.

Remember It Is a Temporary Reality

Being in flow, by accepting this temporary reality and your feeling/experience, will lift some of the weight that you may be feeling.  We can fight what we cannot control, OR, we can find a way to function WITHIN the circumstances that we can’t control.

Finding a way to function within an uncontrolled situation, gives you some semblance of definition and ability to carve out something that you CAN control.

Things You Can Control

Here are some ideas for things you can control:

  • Decide to create a garden and plant for the coming season.
  • Mediate, stretch daily for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Decide to learn about something new and dive in.
  • Take care of your body by exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep.
  • Read a new book series.
  • Take an online Master class.
  • Join an online group of people with similar interests.
  • Pick up the phone and CALL (not text or email) someone you are out of touch with.
  • Find a need in your community that you can fill.
    • Read stories and record it on zoom so parents can play them for their kids – gives them a break.
    • Clean your linen closet and give old towels and blankets to the humane society.
    • Knit or quilt lap blankets for people in nursing homes.
    • Write letters to soldiers.
    • Bake cookies for your local police or fire department.

Do You Need More Ideas?

If you need more ideas check out the post 17 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself over at daringtolivefully.com.

Now is not the time to make life-changing decisions.  You can plan…Just don’t do.  After this passes and things return to a “New Normal,” you can take action steps.

Do You Have Career Concerns?

If you are concerned about your career, if you are fearful of being laid off or let go, call me and we can discuss your situation and make a plan that will alleviate your stress level.  Having a light at the end of the tunnel will help during these challenging times.

Other Important Numbers to Know

Below are some helpful numbers to call if the pandemic situation is more than you can handle on your own:

Disaster Distress Helpline   –   1-800-985-5990

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  –  1-800-273-TALK

National Domestic Violence Hotline  –  1-800-799-7233

Veteran’s Crisis Line  –  1-800-273-8255

By |2021-06-14T17:36:14-05:00November 5th, 2020|Work/Life Balance|Comments Off on Are You Being Kind To Yourself?

Tips For Working From Home With Kids Around

Are you working from home with kids around?  Working from home is a dream for many parents, but the reality can be much different, especially when it is thrust upon you with little notice. Working from home with kids around requires a little planning, patience, and flexibility. Your schedule may change at a moment’s notice and there will be days when you can’t be as productive as you’d like.

Working from home with kids

Working From Home With Kids

To set yourself up for success, there are a few things you can do to ensure a productive work environment.

  1. Be Willing to be Flexible

You may not be able to work a standard 9-5 schedule if you’re at home with kids around. Be flexible and adjust your schedule (If your job permits this). Get up earlier and work a few hours in the morning, then put in a few more hours between lunch and dinner, and work an extra hour or two in the evening. Being flexible allows you to spend time with your kids throughout the day as well as work.

  1. Communicate Your Needs

If your spouse is also at home, communicate what you need from each other as far as quiet time and distractions. Figure out how you can work together to give you the quality quiet time you need. Then discuss this with your kids so they know the rules about when it’s okay to interrupt and when it’s not.  Even small children can learn to be respectful of work time.

  1. Hire Help

If your spouse isn’t home to help care for your kids, hire help when it is possible. Bringing someone in, even for just a few hours a day, to keep your kids distracted and cared for while you work can help you increase your productivity.

  1. Have a Dedicated Space

With a dedicated home office where you can close the door, you can help your kids set boundaries. They’ll know that when mommy or daddy is in the office with the door closed, it’s work time and they shouldn’t disturb you. It can also help to signal them to keep the noise level down.   If you have a make-shift office, find something visual that will signal to your children that you should not be disturbed.  It can be a certain piece of clothing or jacket you put on, certain music you play or a stuffed animal you sit in the chair beside you.  Whatever you decide as a signal can work.

According to MoneyChat, “Having a dedicated workspace can also help reduce distractions, like social media.”   The more focused you are the more work you will accomplish.

  1. Create a Boredom Box

Put together a box with craft supplies, books, parent-approved movies, and toys that they can use on their own if they’re bored. You can also create a list of parent-approved activities to hang on the fridge and include things they can do on their own if they’re bored. Making sure your kids have plenty to keep them busy will allow you to be less distracted.  You can also include age-appropriate chores or homework.   When you work, they do their work.

  1. Create a Healthy Snack Box

As parents, we’ve all heard the cries of “I’m hungry! There’s nothing to eat!” To your kids, this is an emergency worth interrupting you for. Steer clear of this distraction by creating snack stations in the pantry and fridge with plenty of things they can eat on their own. Crackers, pretzels, yogurt, fruit, cheese, juice boxes, and other healthy snacks will give your kids more independence while giving you peace and quiet.

  1. Practice

Practice with your kids before you start working from home or when you set up new rules to help them learn and understand when it’s okay to interrupt you and when it’s not. Give them a signal that tells them to stop or be quiet if they’re interrupting at a bad time. For instance, putting your hand up to tell them to stop or your finger over your lips to tell them to be quiet.

Working from home with kids around can create a lot of challenges to your productivity, but if you work with your kids and you’re willing to be flexible, you should be able to be successful.  Who knows, you may decide you enjoy working from home and opt to make it a permanent work environment.

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Do You Need Help With Your Job Search?

If you need help updating your resume or practicing for an interview during these hard times, consider reaching out to me, Rachel at Career Find to assist you.

By |2021-06-14T20:33:06-05:00June 10th, 2020|Remote Work, Work/Life Balance|Comments Off on Tips For Working From Home With Kids Around

5 Easy Ways to Balance Your Work and Family Life

Work and family life balance is something we all should strive to achieve.

It’s the end of February, the month of love! Although many of you may be terribly busy at work or maintaining your business if self-employed, are you remembering to love your family?

Now I know everyone loves their family.  But are you making time for your family life?  It is important.

Work and Family Life Balance

Use These Tips to Help Balance Your Work and Family Life

I’m not suggesting you slow down or become a slacker, but I want to give you 5 simple ways to ensure that you are productive, but also fostering your important relationships.

  1. Keep Your Work Life and Your Family Life Separate

If you work from home, keep your business behind your office door. This is about choosing your priorities. When you’re at work, work is important, but when you’re at home, the family is key! There is no way to strike the perfect balance unless you recognize that work and family are not synonymous – they are and should be, two separate parts of your life.   Even if you have the type of job that requires more time, everyone needs to unplug at times.   When you work from home, it is very easy to let it take over your whole life.   It is important that you create boundaries.

Here’s a tip: Don’t sync your work email to your personal cell phone!

  1. Leave Work at the Door

When you punch out, that job isn’t your problem until the next time you punch in! Once you pull in the driveway or step out of your office, your family is your priority now. It is important to share your work achievements and experiences with your family, but you must also know when to stop talking shop. It is easy to let thoughts of work consume all your time.  Your time at home is your time to recuperate. What better way to do that than to have a family game night?

  1. Schedule Vacations

Don’t use your personal or vacation time to sit around and do nothing! Most importantly, don’t use those days to catch up on work.  Don’t let those vacation days lapse.  According to CNBC, in 2018, US workers forfeited 200 million vacation days.  This should not be happening!

We all know that money is an issue but it is a renewable resource. What you can’t get back are memories and experiences that didn’t happen!  Plan vacations and take them.  Even if it means going somewhere local. Don’t lose vacation time.

Here’s a tip:  Let the family help plan those vacations.  Planning turns into quality time and they all will have a vested interest and look forward to the vacation.

  1. Communication is Key

Why should your coworkers get to hear your voice more than your spouse? We often forget that relationships don’t maintain themselves. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching a movie tonight, eat a meal together with the TV off. This will give you the chance to at least get a few words in before it’s back to bed and up for work again.  If it is been so long since you have had a conversation with each other that you don’t know where to start, Google some conversation starters to give you ideas.

Remember, communication can be nonverbal – pick up some flowers on your way home or make it a point to kiss your family goodnight. Read the kids a story, put a note in their lunchbox, schedule time to just be together.  Small actions can sometimes speak louder than words.

  1. Know There Is Not  a Perfect Balance

Nothing in this world is cut-and-dry or black and white. There will be times when you have to work late in your office or grab some overtime on a weekend. The best thing you can do is make up for that time later. Treat this less like a balanced scale and more like a seesaw. Just make sure that each side gets equal attention. If you worked last weekend, plan a family trip this weekend. If a trip isn’t realistic, do something together at home!   Need some ideas?  Cook a meal together, bake cookies, put a puzzle together, have a family game night, exercise together, go for a bike ride, or plan your next vacation.

Here’s a tip: When you know things are going to get crazy at work, talk to your family in advance.  Let them know you might not be as available but the following week you will plan something together.  Usually knowing what to expect helps them accept that you will be working extra.

Everyone’s work experience is different, but we all share the basic human need for relatedness and connection to others. While perfect work and family balance might not be possible, be sure each is getting your attention.

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By |2020-03-17T12:03:32-05:00February 28th, 2020|Work/Life Balance|Comments Off on 5 Easy Ways to Balance Your Work and Family Life

3 Quick Tips for Work-Life Balance at Home

3 Tips for Work-life balanceIs work-life balance an issue for you and your family?    Today, there are more dual-income earners and women breadwinners than ever before. Typical “gender roles” are becoming less mainstream with families working together as partners when conquering household chores and raising a family.

The Challenges

Both males and females are facing new challenges balancing home life and career.  You can’t necessarily control everything in your life, especially at work.  But you can make an effort to find a balance.

According to Business News Daily, having a good work-life balance has numerous positive effects, including minimizing stress and burnout, and promoting overall well-being.   So it is important to strive for a better balance.

Employers are recognizing the added pressures and looking at the best ways to support, engage and maximize employee time and productivity.  But there are times when work-life can seem overwhelming.

While your employer may make changes to help, you can improve your home life partnership with these power-sharing tips.  Giving up power isn’t easy, especially when you don’t give it up at work.  But seeking ways to share the home duties relieves significant stress and helps you to be a partner and employee.

Dividing the Work at Home

How do you split the work at home?

Check out these top 3 power-sharing tips:

Embrace Individual Strengths

If your partner is a better cook and enjoys it, let them do it, even if you have always been the one to make dinner. Your strengths can be used for multi-tasking laundry or helping with homework.

Give Up on “Your Way”

When you start to share tasks in the household it is easy to be critical about the way someone else does things. This is especially difficult when you know “your way” is better. Keep in mind it is important to have the towels laundered and folded even if it’s not the way you usually do it.

Sharing is Caring

Sharing household chores no matter how hard your day was at work shows your partner that you care about their time and effort as well. Not only does this help your marriage/partnership, it has a ripple effect in overall happiness and satisfaction in life.

Work-life Balance

Take a few minutes today to devote to your work-life balance and think about what you can delegate to someone else.  How can you empower them to do the tasks needed.  Work-life balance are important for your mental health and for the success of your family.

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By |2020-05-07T12:26:31-05:00February 17th, 2020|Work/Life Balance|Comments Off on 3 Quick Tips for Work-Life Balance at Home

Is Working Remotely For You?

Many people dream of working from home in their comfy clothes.  According to a report by Global WorkPlace Analytics, 4.3 million employees are working from home at least half the time.  Research indicates the remote work will equal, if not surpass, fixed office locations by the year 2025.  Is working remotely a good fit for you?

Working Remotely

If you’re considering working remotely with your current job or you’re looking for another job so that you have the ability to work remotely, there are some things to consider. There are plenty of pros and cons to working remotely and only you can know if it’s the right fit for you.

Things to Consider Before Working Remotely

Here are some things to consider before you decide to work remotely . . .

The Pros:

Location Independent

You can work wherever and whenever you’d like, for the most part. Your company may still require you to work set hours or you may need to reach a certain level of productivity every day or every week, but your schedule can be more flexible.

If it’s a nice day, you can choose to work outside. Or maybe your kitchen table is preferred over your home office. You can be more productive in the morning so you can finish your work by early afternoon. The choice is yours.

Save Money

You’ll save money. Without the need to commute every day, you’ll save money on gas, tolls, and parking. You’ll also be less likely to go out for lunch. And, you won’t need to buy as many “work” clothes and pay for dry cleaning.

Focus

You can stay more focused without coworkers popping into your office all day long to distract you with questions or new projects. You’ll need to have some willpower to avoid the pile of laundry or the TV until your work is done, but there won’t be as many distractions as you would normally have at the office.

Less Drama

You can avoid office gossip and drama. You know all of those conversations that take place in the employee break room about who’s dating who, who got promoted, and who’s in trouble with the boss? Yeah, those. No more! You’ll no longer get caught in the middle of the drama.

The Cons:

Isolation

You may feel left out. If you’re an extrovert who thrives on having people around you, you may start to feel lonely and left out. You won’t be in the office for impromptu meetings and you won’t hear all the latest news about what’s going on in the company.

Lack of Motivation

Unless you’re a self-starter, it can be hard to stay focused and productive. You may be tempted to check your Facebook feed, start the dishwasher, or make a quick run to the grocery store which will take valuable time from working and leaving you being less productive.

Making Remote Work A Success

If you decide that working remotely is for you, you can learn to manage your productivity by time blocking your schedule and turning off apps and websites that distract you. You can schedule short breaks throughout the day that allow you to take care of those chores. And, you can video conference into office meetings so that you can still be part of what’s going on.

There are ways to make it work for you, but it can still get lonely. Only you can decide if it’s the right choice. You may want to present the idea to your boss and ask to try it out for a few weeks or month before making it permanent to determine if it works for you.

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By |2021-06-14T20:42:51-05:00July 31st, 2019|Career Success, Work/Life Balance|Comments Off on Is Working Remotely For You?
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