Have you got your college-ruled notebook out? Your color coded pencils ready? Good, because it’s still December, and it’s time to slip those New Year’s Resolutions in under the wire. No, we don’t recommend writing in big block letters that you’re going to “go to the gym EVERY DAY in 2016,” but we’re all in favor of easy resolutions, especially if they have to do with making your work-life a little more pleasant for the next trip around the sun. So here are three simple ways to make your job great- one of them even involves lunch, and no, we don’t mean “eat ONLY VEGETABLES at lunch.”
Get a New Chair
2015 was undoubtedly the year of seating-related anxiety. It seemed like once a week, we were getting stories about how sitting for more than 20 minutes cause an immediate brain implosion. Think we’re being hyperbolic? Here’s what you get when you google search “sitting is bad for you.”
Of course, anyone with an office job will know, you don’t always have control over how long you’re in the chair. But maybe you can gain autonomy over an important part: the type of chair! A new, well-designed office chair is a very good gift to give yourself. Not only will it have a new-chair smell, you can choose a model that’s designed to improve posture, allow you to move, or even adjust for different positions. Job: Improved! Death: Avoided!
Get a New Hobby
How does this have anything to do with work? Answer this: after a tough day, how often is it on a scale of “usually” to “always” that you sink into a totally unmemorable haze of dinner-Netflix-sleep that drains your whole night? A new hobby, something enriching and creative without being too tiring, can be the fix for that. Give yourself something to look forward to, something that engages your brain in ways the daily grind may not, and you might find you have more energy for work, too.
Become a Mentor/Find a Mentor:
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut if you’ve been at a job a while; you might feel under-appreciated and like you’ve stopped growing. Becoming a mentor can prove you wrong: you’ll never feel as smart or as useful as when you’re helping someone learn lessons you picked up along the way. Find a newbie with some potential and take them to lunch (see?) to share some wisdom. If you are the newbie, screw your courage to the sticking place and ask someone in your field that you admire if you could pick their brain over lunch (bonus lunch!!) It’s not just networking, it’s connecting, and both a mentor and a mentee can feel more secure in their jobs thanks to this type of relationship.
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