Sometimes work can be, well, work. The to-do list never seems to get done. And while the boss is quick to point out what was done wrong, no one seems to notice the 98% of the time that things are done right.
If you’re feeling overworked and underappreciated, you’re not alone. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to get out of the workplace doldrums.
20 Things To Do At Work
The bulk of your efforts will need to be made in the office. Here’s what you need to do.
Manage Your Time
1. Prioritize and schedule daily tasks to ensure the day’s must-dos get done.
2. Minimize distractions. Close unnecessary internet browser tabs. Silence your cell phone. Stay away from social media.
3. Manage your tasks and delegate jobs that don’t require your attention or can be handled by someone else.
Check Your Workload
5. Ask for help. If your workload is too much, don’t be afraid to speak up by asking for assistance on large projects.
6. Ask for a raise. If you’ve been taking on more responsibility, don’t be shy about requesting more money.
7. Do the most difficult task first each day.
8. Break jobs into manageable chunks that can be accomplished.
9. Find a system that works for you to keep track of projects and things that must be accomplished (My go-to tool is Asana).
10. Start every day by prepping your workspace. Get out the files, tools, etc. you’ll need to get things done.
11. End the day by cleaning off your workspace. Put away completed files, clear away trash, and straighten the office.
12. Use technology to help get (and stay) organized.
13. Set boundaries. Let others know when you are (and aren’t) available.
14. Use the words “yes” and “no” strategically to keep balance in your workload.
15. Remember that you are a role model for others; act accordingly.
16. Recognize the specific role that you have and the jobs that only you can do.
17. Make sure your boss knows what you’re actually doing. Often times, your supervisor doesn’t actually know the behind-the-scenes things you are taking care of. Poor reporting will lead to frustration and a lack of appreciation.
18. Only raise pertinent issues with your boss. If you’re going to meet regarding workload or other issues, don’t take the opportunity to unload all your frustrations. Simply talk about what is relevant to the discussion at hand.
19. Find out if your work skills are up to par. Consider career development opportunities to improve productivity.
20. Think about switching positions to a different department, a new office or a completely new job. Discuss options with your supervisor.
20 Things To Do At Home
Even those with the best professional-personal balance must take a few tasks home with them each night. Here are some things you can do at home to improve your work life.
Take Care of Your Body
1. Get plenty of rest.
2. Make self-care a priority.
3. Make good food choices.
4. Exercise. Even going for a short 5-10 minute walk can do wonders for your demeanor.
5. Take care of your mental health.
Take Care of Your Soul
6. Disconnect from work. Cell phones make it seem like you should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Turn off the phone, stay away from email and give yourself time to recharge every night.
7. Recharge by doing something you love.
8. Connect with people in person–without the use of technology. Get together with friends to unwind.
9. Be generous. Giving to others helps you keep things in perspective.
10. Write down your thoughts, both good and bad. Then, allow yourself to let go of the bad and focus on the good.
11. Treat yourself to something special every week. Even something small can make a big difference.
Appreciate Your Family
12. Don’t take your stress out on your family.
13. Get involved in what’s going on with the people you live with.
14. Spend time with people who love you unconditionally.
15. Fight the urge to complain about everything wrong at work.
16. Be grateful for what you already have.
17. Let go of perfectionism.
18. Busyness is not an indicator of importance. Let yourself relax!
19. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
20. Take a moment to appreciate what you have. If you didn’t have your job, you wouldn’t be overworked. But if you didn’t have your job, well…you’d be unemployed! That’s probably not a good situation either!
Time for Self-Reflection
Take a moment to engage in some self-reflection. Maybe your answers will shed light on the most viable solution to your current situation.
- What will make you feel appreciated?
- Are you putting forth the effort to be a valued employee?
- Do you make sure your co-workers feel appreciated?
- When was the last time you took a vacation just for fun?
Feeling overwhelmed just looking at this list? Don’t! Making small changes can add up over time to a new outlook and help you see the value in what you do. The next time you start to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath – you got this.