I was reading some articles online the other day & found an article that intrigued me. It was called “10 Tricks for a Fabulous Workday”. It got me thinking, are there ways that I could be improving my work ethic & improving my overall attitude on my day just by taking simple steps each day? Here is my take on their suggestions.
1. Start with 15 minutes of positive input
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have 15 minutes in the morning to do anything but brush my teeth & run out the door. So, instead of reading a positive thinking book in the morning or watching something uplifting on TV why not put a positive thought on your mirror. Just seeing something positive right when you wake up can change your attitude & direction for the entire day. Something as simple as, “Have a great day!” displayed on your mirror will help you get started on the right foot.
I am definitely not the most fashionable in the office but I sure do like shopping and looking nice for work. My wardrobe ranges from casual jeans to fun skirts and dresses. I am usually in my casual jeans with a tee but accessorizing is my favorite part. Knowing how to add the correct accessories and versatile pieces in your wardrobe will be key to making you look professional and confident.
I work in an office setting that is pretty casual but there are times that require me to dress up. Even if I don’t have to wear dress pants, I like to dress professionally for work and that usually includes dressing up a pair of nice jeans. They don’t have to be expensive jeans but you do want a great pair that is comfortable and that is in good condition.
Who doesn’t have pet peeves, especially when it comes to work? Let’s face it, we spend most of our lives surrounded by our co-workers and have to tolerate little annoyances that we think about but do not say. In fact, after all my research and surveys, most people have the same common issues at work. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered – I thought it would be fun to air it all out! Put yourselves in check and have a laugh.
Yesterday I made a mistake. I was typing in a number and hit a 7 instead of a 4 on the 10-digit key pad. I missed the mistake and the double check I had in place missed it as well. The calculation was in a reasonable range of where it should be and so I pushed forward with the report and sent it out. The mistake was caught and pointed out in the big weekly department meeting by the VP as we were looking at the report. I was embarrassed, to say the least. But more than that, it pointed out a flaw in my Quality Assurance (QA) checks. There was not an opportunity to fix it or even investigate it during the meeting. However, immediately after the meeting I went to my desk, found the problem, fixed it, sent out an updated report, and added a new QA check that would make it so this problem would not happen in the future. Once I reached my desk, it took no more than 60 seconds to do everything I just listed, but the damage had been done.
I grew up in a home where both of my parents worked full time. It’s the same scenario that I would imagine most people grow up in. Because of that I had two examples of people who worked extremely hard for everything they had and took pride in their work. They never saw work as a burden that could be avoided but as a part of life that was necessary for survival and happiness. Despite the hard days in the office I never heard any inkling that they would rather have it any other way.
One thing that I make a conscious effort to do through my work day involves seeking out ideas, concepts, conferences, and articles and that keep me inspired. For me, it’s very easy to get bogged down in the problems of the hour, day or week. Constantly staring at my to-do list, and working my way through checking off items that need to be handled, can stifle my creativity if I don’t take time to look outside my world of influence for new ideas. Being inspired is a great feeling, and I see direct results in my productivity, brainstorming, and follow through when I make “being inspired” a priority.