Are you stuck in a bit of a work-rut this summer? Sometimes it’s easy to fall into a bit of a pattern, where you lose your momentum and forget why you’re working so hard. (Especially made worse by the nice weather and envy of those getting to chill in pub gardens all day!) However, it’s often not your job that’s the problem. It can be your attitude to the situation, and bad habits making their way into your life. To combat this, I’ve compiled 10 Career Boosting Tips to make you feel more positive and push you in the right direction, whether you want to improve your work relationships, get that promotion you’ve been dreaming about or simply not dread coming in every day.
Let us know in the comments if any of these tips help you, or if you have any other suggestions of ways to brighten up your work life!
1. Wake up earlier!
Either change the order you do things or get up slightly earlier to give yourself more time to wake up for the day. Try getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier than you normally do and make a list of everything you’d like to achieve that day. Or do the 6am-rise challenge! Studies have suggested that those who get up at 6am live a more satisfied life and feel more positive at work and at home. It takes discipline and motivation to keep up a life change like this, but the benefits can be very obvious. You’ll have more time to eat breakfast, have your morning coffee, read the paper and generally catch up ready for the day ahead. Go on, give it a go!
2. Buy a new smart work outfit
You could go for a smart pair of cigarette trousers and matching blazer, or perhaps a gorgeous sleek dress for work. Whatever it is, make sure you try it on and feel super comfortable in it. This outfit will only benefit you properly if you feel entirely confident and comfortable in it. Don’t just go for a trend you think is ‘in’ at the moment, go for something flattering and timeless. Then, whenever you’re feeling a bit low, force yourself to throw on your smart outfit and this in turn will make you feel more positive and give off the right message to those around you. As they say, dress for the job you want, not the job you have!
3. Update your stationary
I’m not suggesting you’re still in primary school, and it may seem less important to your overall work feeling, but having a nice selection of stationary can motivate you at work. You will feel more prepared and ready for anything thrown at you, meaning you’ll produce a higher standard of work. Go to somewhere like Paperchase. They have a wide range so you can get stuff that you’ll love to look at every day. You could give yourself work goals so that whenever you complete one, you get to treat yourself to a new bit of stationary to match your collection!
4. Swap from coffee to green tea for a week!
Set yourself a challenge to drink green tea for a week instead of your usual coffee. This can help you avoid the mid-afternoon caffeine comedown and hopefully leave you feeling healthier – and hey, if it’s not for you, you can simply switch back. Setting challenges for one week only is more achievable than a month, for example.
5. Ditch the fizzy drinks and processed food
It’s often the easiest option but ditching the processed food and drinks can make you feel much better, especially if you’re sat at a desk all day.
6. Plan activities to do straight after work
Having something to look forward to can help break up your day and keep you motivated. This positive energy will show, and this can help you cheer up others around you. Giving off a positive vibe is a good way to ensure career progression, as people like spending time with positive people.
7. Talk to your team and share ideas
Sitting with your head down all day can be boring and can make you lose interest in the work you’re doing. Try to share your ideas with your team or others in your office. A new look on things could help you develop new ideas and produce higher quality work.
8. Read a book related to your career during your lunch break
Career progression is impossible if you’re not still learning new things. Even when you land your dream job, the journey is not over!
You need to make sure you’re always expanding your knowledge to become the best you can possibly be. They say it takes 10,000 hours practice to become an expert at something, that means you need to spend 10,000 hours reading and learning about your chosen career to be a real professional! To track what you’ve read, you could blog about the books you pick up.
9. Update all your social media accounts
Making sure your Twitter, Instagram and Linked In especially are updated is important in making sure it’s clear what you’re looking for. To fully utilise the internet, you need to make yourself easy to find so opportunities can come your way. Branding yourself online is how many people today find themselves in their dream jobs. Don’t underestimate the power of the online world.
10. Set yourself new targets
This ties in with what I wrote in point 3. where I said you could set yourself goals and reward yourself with new items for your desk. At most people’s jobs, they will have targets set by their managers or team leaders to encourage them to push themselves. By setting yourself individual goals that you don’t even necessarily need to tell anyone about, you can learn to push yourself every day and become better at your job. Make a note of your progress and every target you hit, so you can build on this each day.