Everyone among us has heard the phrase: “woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” This colloquialism crystallizes a feeling we all have sometime. To wake up on the wrong side of the bed is to spend the day in a funk that was destined from the start. Of course, there are factors out of our control that can ruin a day. Bad news happens. But plenty of ruts are self-perpetuated. You Snooze, You Lose
A bad mood can strike at any moment. One minute you’re fine, when suddenly a trigger is pulled. Without much notice you can find yourself in a slump -- perhaps even a sinkhole. Bad moods are not considerate, either. They can come at the start of your day or even a few minutes before a big presentation. Follow the tips to below to combat bad moods, reverse your attitude and recharge for the work day. Freshen Up
You spend the better part of your day at work. You want to enjoy it. You want to love it. But what if your current job is "just a job"? And what if, for one reason or another, you need to stay in that job for a while? Are you doomed to being miserable in the meantime? The good news is -- nope! As Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young did not sing, if you can't have the job you love, love the job you have. Here's how:
Needless paper work, endless unproductive committee meetings, quarterly reports that no one reads: these are some of the mind-numbingly boring activities many of us are faced with in the workplace. Is it you or is something happening in the American workplace that heaps boring and unnecessary activities on us?
By now, most of us know the signs of burnout: loss of motivation for the job, minor illness, listlessness and feeling down, a bad attitude toward work, needless squabbles with coworkers and bosses, and a feeling that every day we go to work is another miserable, boring day closer to retirement.
Is there a relationship between happiness at work and doing better on the job? A number of research studies seem to suggest that happy workers are also more productive, more successful, and more likely to benefit financially. In his book, Authentic Happiness , Martin E. B. Seligman found that happier workers got better evaluations and higher pay. David Meyers ( The Pursuit of Happiness ) followed young workers for 15 years and found that those who were more positive in their outlook on life had lower medical costs, higher work efficiency, and less absenteeism on the job.
Are you good at starting things but not finishing them? Does your mind wander? Do you sometimes spin in circles unable to gain traction? Did impulsiveness get you in trouble at school? Has it hurt you at work and in relationships?
If you're seeking to work from home, new research shows that you can make a compelling case when pitching the concept to superiors: that you'll increase your productivity. A Stanford University study of 13,000 employees conducted over nine months shows that those working from home are 12% more efficient than their office-bound counterparts. The study also finds a 50% increase in satisfaction among those working at home.