9 Ways to Turn Around Bad Day at Work
New research suggests if you’re in a bad mood, you’ll get less done. Economists at the University of Warwick found happy employees are 12% more productive, while unhappy ones are 10% less productive.
Besides the obvious reasons for wanting to feel cheery, this study shows that happiness has career benefits.
So what do you do when you’re in a slump? Good question. These nine ideas can help.
1. Have a conversation with your mentor. Sometimes the mere act of talking about what’s wrong can raise your spirits; even if it doesn’t, they might have some valuable suggestions.
2. Do a favor for a coworker. Helping others is scientifically proven to make you feel good, plus you’ll boost your reputation around the office. If you’re not sure how to help, ask a team member if there’s anything you can do to get them closer to their goals or lighten their load a little.
3. Watch a comedy routine. Unsurprisingly, laughing makes you happier—but less intuitively, it can also increase your ability to finish an unpleasant or dull task. Researchers at the University of New South Wales discovered that people were twice as likely to keep working when they’d seen a humorous movie clip. Try playing a funny YouTube video in your office, or if you’re at home, stream an entire show or even a movie.
4. Have a “walking meeting.” Rather than spending another meeting in a conference room, get outside. You’ll enjoy the therapeutic benefits of fresh air and open yourself up to new ideas.
5. Document your wins, both big and small. It’s easy to get caught up in what you’re doing wrong and gloss over everything you’re doing right. To feel more positive, keep track of every accomplishment you make throughout the day, from sending a well-written email to exceeding your project goal.
6. Plan a trip. Planning a trip can be just as satisfying (if not more) than the trip itself, researchers say. With that in mind, don’t delay the vacation-planning process—get started far in advance and take advantage of the weeks or even months of anticipation. Not planning on going anywhere anytime soon? Take a day trip instead, or decide to treat yourself to a show, nice meal, or other out-of-the-ordinary event over the weekend. You’ll feel better all week long.
7. Decorate your desk. Putting a cool mug, picture of you and your loved ones, entertaining calendar, or other fun accessory in your line of vision gives you small but undeniable bursts of happiness. Pick out something that makes you smile on Etsy, Amazon, or Uncommon Goods.
8. Say thank you. Expressing your gratitude will make someone else happy—which should reflect back on you. Consider thanking one of your professional support system members, colleagues, friends, family, and/or former bosses.
9. Do something for the first time. A little novelty can banish boredom and make you feel like yourself again, so try to mix it up. That might mean going to a new place for lunch, learning a new skill, trying a new genre of books, spending time with a new person, experimenting with a new exercise class or routine, or exploring a new passion or hobby.
How do you turn around a bad day? Share your strategies in the comments!
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