It’s at work that maintaining balance is the most difficult. The work environment in the modern world can drain the energy from our soul, leaving us feeling empty seeking something more.
The problem isn’t necessarily the work itself but our approach to it which can leave us with feelings of frustration and anxiety.
This article, by Lauren Ashley, addresses this problem. At first she perceived the problem as belonging only to her employees, but as she sought the answer, found it had a profound effect on her own life.
Here are Lauren’s tips for creating a happier life at work and beyond:
1. Identify the things that can make an immediate impact and focus on them; the rest will have to (and can) wait.
There are several items that could be immediately addressed to alleviate stress and frustration, but others simply had to take a back seat until we had the time and resources to make changes—and the worst-case scenario would be remaining at “status quo.”
I can do a lot of little things right away to find more happiness in my life—spend more time enjoying my daughter, get back into my sewing, take some time for just for myself without feeling guilty. Once those are mastered, I can tackle the deeper issues that are the root cause of my unhappiness.
2. Don’t burn the candle at both ends; delegate the simpler duties and focus on where you are needed most.
The administrative managerial tasks added to his main job function were causing my employee to feel overworked, overwhelmed, and at risk of failing in his role. I told him he had an entire team to support him—and he needed to use them.
Thinking of myself, I have a husband who can (and does) help with the day to day tasks (cleaning, laundry) so that I can spend more time focusing on being a happy mother and wife—and I need to take advantage of that.
3. There is no such thing as “I don’t have time.”
During our breakfast conversation, a gripe that came up again and again was that they “didn’t have time” to do certain things I had requested of them. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that was simply an unacceptable answer.
If you don’t have time to do the important things required to be successful, then you need to make the time for them, even if it means sacrificing something else. Continue reading here…
Deep down we all want to feel that the work we are doing is productive, meaningful and fun. We all want to belong, to contribute, to matter and to really make a difference.
We all want to feel that at our work place that we are appreciated and cared for rather than ignored, demeaned or taken for granted.
In the end happiness is always our choice, though it may not always feel that way. It is always up to us and as Lauren points out we are accountable; it is our behavior and our responsibility (our ability to respond).
There are the occasions that call for radical choices, like leaving a particular job. However, for many it’s shift in perspective and making different choices and the tips offered by Lauren on how to be happier in life are a wonderful place to start.