Nissar Ahamed in Self-Improvement, Career Development, Productivity Founder || Editor-in-chief || Growth Hacker • Sep 24, 2016 · 5 min read · 1.1K

A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Productive and Happy At Work

A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Productive and Happy At Work

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Staying Productive and Happy in your job is key to feeling an immense sense of job satisfaction. We spend a whole lot of time at the places we work, which means we must be happy there to have an overall happy and healthy life.

This comprehensive guide will give you some awesome advice on how you can make sure you stay productive and happy. Take a look!

1. Find Something To Be Grateful For

Instead of hating everything you have to do and despising your work colleagues, find at least one thing to be grateful for. At least until you find another job or get your MOJO back.

Everybody has tough days at work, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to leave your job. However, if you find yourself feeling downtrodden and unhappy a lot of the time, it’s definitely time to think about deciding on a new career path. Until then, find something to be grateful for. This job puts money in your pocket and food on the table, doesn’t it?

Maybe you have a great work friend, or your boss is nice. Maybe you like your workspace. Just find things to be grateful for until things improve or you find a new place to live!

2. Tell Your Boss What You Need

If you’re unhappy, then your boss may be able to do something about it. Consider asking to speak with them, and discuss your needs with them. Many good bosses will be happy to oblige, as a happy workforce means a thriving business! Maybe you want to suggest better equipment. Maybe you’d like to bring an office feud to their attention.

Many bosses welcome feedback and you won’t get anything at all if you don’t ask! Don’t be afraid to speak to your boss if something is bothering you or making work difficult. You might have even spotted a hazard that you worry could harm you or other people.

It is your boss’s responsibility to rectify this as soon as possible. If they don’t listen, then they are putting you in danger and you may very well end up injured. It’ll then be up to you to contact work accident compensation lawyers such as this to explain your case and see what you are owed. Of course nobody wants to get injured, so it’s always best to give your boss the opportunity to fix these things!

3. Tidy Up

A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Productive and Happy At Work

Maybe your work area needs a bit of a spruce up. A fresh workspace can give you a fresh head, and help you feel ready to seize the day. Have a look around and get rid of things you no longer need. De-clutter as much as possible. You should feel lighter and less stressed with less things around you!

4. Take Regular Breaks

Taking regular breaks is so important, no matter how much of a workaholic you are. If you don’t stop to reset every so often, how can you be sure you’re doing your best job? You might eventually burn out or get bogged down by work.

Take a break every hour or so, even if it’s just a short one. Make yourself a drink, go for a walk, or just relax. Then get back to work. Getting away from it all for a short time can help you to be even more productive, and of course, happier! Nobody wants to feel like they never stop working, so make sure you get away from your desk and do something different.

5. Get Some Exercise

A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Productive and Happy At Work

Exercise should be an integral part of every single person’s routine. It perks us up as it releases endorphins, and helps us to feel more alert and energized. Whether you do a full workout before your working day starts, or go for a short walk on your lunch break, you should start work feeling great!

Sure, it’ll be hard at first, but once you’ve got into the habit of it, you should find it fairly easy. This will improve your life in so many others ways, it’s just a case of making a few small changes and ensuring you make the time rather than making excuses!

6. Stay Away From Your Emails

Your emails are actually the number one productivity killer! People are checking their emails on and off all day long while they’re supposed to be working, and this can easily sidetrack you. You may get emails containing offers and deals that distract you and take you away from what you’re supposed to be doing.

Even if you’re getting emails that you do need to respond to, you should always have a specific time for this, and don’t check them outside of this time. If you spend too much time on them and constantly stop what you’re doing to check, you won’t get nearly as much done.

7. Learn How To Prioritize Your Daily Tasks

Make sure you know how to prioritize your daily tasks. Write out a list, with the most important tasks at the top. It’s a good idea to only include the tasks that must be done that day – then, anything you do after those tasks is a bonus!

Doing the hard things first will get you off to a great start, and then once those are finished you’ll be on the downward slope home!

8. Make Sure You Celebrate Finishing Tasks

A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Productive and Happy At Work

Make sure you celebrate finishing tasks, both big and small. When you do this, you release happy hormones in your brain! Not only will you want to complete more tasks, you’ll also feel happier and have a great sense of achievement. You don’t have to have a slice of cake after each task you complete.

Simply putting a smiley face or a huge tick next to your completed tasks will make you feel good and spur you on.

9. Start Getting Up Even Earlier

You probably don’t feel like getting up any earlier than you already do, but hear us out. The earlier you get up, the more you have time for before you start work. If you just roll out of bed each morning with no motivation, begrudgingly get ready for work and rush off before you’re late, you’re not setting yourself up right.Each day will literally go on as you start it!

This is why some of the most successful people get up at around 5am, and begin their day when everybody else is still in bed. They use this time to focus on themselves. They meditate, write, work on their personal goals, read, and even use affirmations to tell themselves what a great day they are going to have! They’ll also set themselves up with a nourishing breakfast, and head to work without rushing. You can get so much more done if you just start your day correctly.

10. Put On Some Uplifting Music

If possible, having uplifting music on in your workplace will spur you on and make you happy. This might be classical, or jazz if you need to focus and can’t have too many distractions. However, pretty much any kind of music could work as long as it makes you feel good!

11. Eat Foods That Energize You

A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Productive and Happy At Work

If you try to make it through the work day by eating foods that make you sluggish, such as processed foods and fast foods, as well as lots of sugar, you’re going to crash eventually. Many people wonder why they feel awful half way through the working day, but it’s because of what they are putting into their body!

Eating healthier foods that you’ve prepared yourself at home will make you feel so much better, and you should have a steady amount of energy through the day.

12. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is another great way to feel amazing. Chugging coffee is what most people who want to be productive do, but it can often have the opposite effect. Of course you can have a couple of cups, but depending on it is a big no-no.

Hydrate yourself with at least 2 litres of water. After a couple of cups of coffee in the morning, it could also be a good idea to switch to green tea. This will help you get a better quality of sleep at night, so you’re more refreshed the next day too!

13. Find Things That Motivate You

Find things like pictures and quotes that motivate you and make you feel more productive. You can put these in your office to brighten it up, and stop you from experiencing that afternoon slump. Don’t let your office be boring and stare at a blank wall all day!

14. Get Some Natural Light

It’s so much better to be in natural light during the day than artificial light. It’s great for our health and has been proven to make us more productive. Open those blinds and turn the lights off. Sit by a window if you can!

These tips will no doubt help you to feel incredible at work. You’ll get so much more done, and feel better outside of work too. Try them ASAP to see what they can do for you!

Aleta Curry Jan 8, 2017 · #5

It's a great list, Nissar.

One comment on the 'do hard things first' item. I used to always do this, but sometimes it's not the best. If the hard task is one that will take a long time, then you need to do the quick and easy 5-15 minute tasks first. That way, at the end of the day you will be seen to have at least done *something*, as opposed to having nothing to show for a day's work (even if you've been very hard at work all day).

When tasks take a comparable amount of time, then I do the unpleasant ones first. (I eat my vegetables first, to - get them out of the way so I can get to the nice bits! ;)

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Joseph Sprute Jan 8, 2017 · #4

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Lisa Gallagher Jan 8, 2017 · #3

@Nissar Ahamed, this is very detailed. I love the tips you left- they aren't boring and easy to achieve with the exception of sunlight... I live in the second cloudiest county in the US, no wonder people's spirits are extremely down in the winter! I guess I will add to your list, put money in your piggy bank and save enough to travel to a warm, sunny place each winter :))

Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD Oct 12, 2016 · #2

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CityVP Manjit Sep 24, 2016 · #1

Welcome to beBee Nissar. I welcome you also as someone who has served District 60 Toastmasters and while you are more focused on career and productivity issues, what I find interesting is your degree in Bachelor of Technology/ Engineering, Material Science - and as you also operate as a sales executive in the area of the Cloud, I can't think of a more well rounded individual that I have come across at beBee . I look forward to your future buzzes Nissar.

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