Everyone wants to feel engaged, content and fulfilled at work, but when spending about one-third of your day, five days a week at your job, it can be easy to get into a rut. Most people tend to look for help and motivation from others, but one of the best things you can do is challenge yourself and take charge of your own happiness. Below are a few tips to do just that:
Know what makes you happy: What kind of environment makes you happy? While a basic question, many people do not take the time to really ask themselves. Self awareness is significant when it comes to overall happiness. At Ingram Micro, we suggest associates take a personality assessment like Disc or Myers Briggs because it will give them valuable insight into what types of conditions, interactions and work make them thrive. Then, once they have this awareness, we can help them marry that knowledge with the right kind of job.
Set goals annually or semi-annually: Studies show that when an individual sets goals that are challenging, yet attainable, they have a better sense of control over their work, focus for the day and a sense of reward and accomplishment when they look back and see all they have achieved. Your goal could be as significant as a promotion or pay increase, or as small as reading a book, networking with new colleagues or taking time to go for a walk at lunch.
Goals need to be well rounded and include personal goals around whatever is important to you – health, education, hobbies, family time – whatever it may be. This will give a person a stronger sense of work-life balance. When planning your weekly calendar (which you should always do) employees should think about all of the hats they wear — worker, mother/father, daughter/son, little league coach, etc, – and build that into the schedule. Far too many employees short-change the very important roles they play in life and end up feeling resentful or stressed because they didn’t have time for something.
Use the tools an employer offers: Ingram Micro offers health coaches, financial planning and time management courses, tuition reimbursement and more, all easily accessible and at low or no added cost for employees. These tools are under-utilized by most employees. I urge people to take the time to learn about what their employer offers.
Take Your Vacation Time: There will always be a deadline looming, a meeting that is critical or a customer with a need. However, with good planning, those things will still be taken care of while you are able to take time off. Vacations recharge your energy and creativity – go someplace new, spend time with the people you care about, or escape with books by your favorite author. It’s important to do what you love on vacation and create special moments that you’ll feel good about for years to come.
While there are many things that contribute to happiness, the knowledge that you are doing all you can to secure your own personal happiness is guaranteed to go a long way.