It’s the end of another working week! How do you feel?

Do you feel satisfied at the end of the week that you’ve accomplished something or made a difference at work, or is it a good week for you when you get as far as Wednesday before you wish it was the weekend? Do you spend five days of the week wishing and waiting for the other two – weekend?

The theory of enjoying your work doesn’t always stand up to the realities of the job you have. Here are some tips:

  • Have a written plan of where you want to get and how to get there. This can be used as a lead in to planning the most important (NOT urgent) things to achieve the next day
  • Dealing with office politics: Are you worried about the politics at work? Welcome to the real world. It is an unfortunate fact of life that any hierarchical structure will create political maneuvering. That doesn’t, however, mean that you should get involved in. Turn the tables on the frustration that politics can cause
  • Mentally separate out what you love to do from what you are paid to do (if they are not the same), and tie them back together like this: you get the money to do what you love to do as a direct reward for going to work and doing what you’re paid for. This is the old carrot and stick routine. Once you connect a reward with something, it’s not so hard to make yourself do it again.

Hopefully, as you return to work after the Eid-Al-Fitri break, this will give you a starting point to work from.  The bottom line is that any job can be easy or hard, and the difference between the two is NOT in the job itself. It’s in you. Change your attitude, change your perspective, and the job will seem like a totally different ball game.

Enjoy your holiday and enjoy your work!!