As I mentioned last week, February is all about business and career. The reality is that we spend 80% of our waking hours at work, and if we hate our careers, then we’re going to eat our faces off all day just for a regular hit of entertainment and a much needed break.
When I did Live More Weigh Less Mastery this past fall, we spent A LOT of time talking about how our jobs are the main source of our misery and emotional eating, so I coached many women not only in finding a job they love, but how to love the job we have.
We’re going to have a little Throwback Thursday action to cover this incredibly important topic: How do we learn to love the job we have?
Even if you’re looking for a new situation or starting your own business, it is still important to know that you can change the way you feel at work, as soon as tomorrow. All you have to do is follow the steps below…
Learn your co-worker’s dog’s name.
Do you know the names of your co-workers kids? What they’re up to this weekend? Have you ever gone to drinks and made a point to not talk about work?
No? Start getting to know the person in the next cubicle. Real human connection makes our days more meaningful and helps them go by super fast.
Take time for yourself besides the detour to the candy bowl.
The 10 minutes you spend deciding between Wheat Thins and Oreos in the break room does not count as a break. Normally the only breaks we take during the day are to eat, and that’s usually because we feel guilty for pausing, or we honestly have no idea what to do.
Instead, bring in a stack of magazines to work to peruse throughout the day, open the window and take 10 deep breaths, check out your fave blog, walk around the block, or get a 10-minute back massage at your local nail salon (this one helped me lose my first 15 pounds).
One time, when I worked in advertising, my boss came up to me when I was reading Martha Stewart Living at my desk and said sarcastically, “working hard I see.” I responded politely by saying, “I’m actually two days ahead of schedule on my projects for you and I find that when I rest my brain for a few minutes I produce much better work. While you’re here, is there anything else you’d like me to do for you?”
I never got shit for taking a break again.
Spruce up your space
Your mood, productivity and happiness is directly linked to your environment. If you’re spending 80% of your time in an ugly, messy, dark, depressing office or cubicle, then you’re gonna be ugly, messy and depressed. Brighten things up! Organize your papers, buy pretty folders, put fresh flowers on your desk. The prettier your space, the prettier you will be. I’m serious, give it a shot.
This is my ultimate dream office. Every week I try to create this feel in my home office so one day I can have something that looks exactly like Drew’s from Domino Magazine.
Alright, I know it can be so easy to just passively go through the motions of your day and do things like you’ve always done them, but if you really want to start liking your job and stop feeling the need to snack all day, then you need to follow the 3 steps above.
To keep yourself accountable, I want you to post the three things you’re gonna do next week in the comments below, so we can all cheer you on.
I know that if you get to know the people around you, take fun breaks and spruce up your space that your work is going to start being fun and fulfilling even if you currently hate your job.
I can’t wait to hear about your plans!
P.S Marie Forleo released two more videos in her free training and they are AH.MA.ZING. Click here to give them a watch.