better job en-US 7 Ways to Have a Better Day at Work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-have-a-better-day-at-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="man at work" title="man at work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is nothing like a bad day at work to set the tone for the days ahead, from lost productivity to lost tempers. Enough bad days and you may even see a pink slip in your future.</p> <p>It is important for your own mental and physical health to make it a point to resist falling into a sour mood. Your ability to create a positive out of several negatives can not only keep you healthier and happier, but may also help you bring home more bacon.</p> <p>When things start going south on the job, these seven tips can help you turn it around. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="">What to Do When&nbsp;You Want to Quit Your Job</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan Ahead</h2> <p>One reason many people start the day on the wrong foot is because they are scrambling to avoid being late. Being in a hurry makes you susceptible to forgetfulness and anxiety. This can set the tone for the rest of the workday or the work week. Carve out time the night before each work day to get organized:</p> <ul> <li>Pack your lunch so you can grab it on the go. Stock your briefcase or purse with the items you need for the next day.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Place your car keys on top of your stuff so there is no massive hunt in the morning.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lay out your clothing so you won&rsquo;t waste time staring into your closet.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Fill your vehicle up with gas on the way home from work to avoid waiting in morning lines.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get the kids organized in the same way so it is easier to get them out the door in the morning to prevent them (and you) from being late.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier</h2> <p>Thirty extra minutes in the morning can give you a chance to wake up and begin the day in a better mood. If you are a parent, you get some extra time to yourself to relax, start a load of laundry, or take meal ingredients out of the freezer. These activities will also help you avoid stress after work since you&rsquo;ll have less to do and feel good about having accomplished more in a morning than usual.</p> <h2>3. Eat a Healthy Meal</h2> <p>Skipping breakfast is a fundamental mistake. Not only are you going to lack serious energy throughout the day, you&rsquo;ll be more likely to have a poor attitude due to low blood sugar and hunger pains. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning at the table. Give yourself enough time to eat calmly. Make sure your lunch is just as healthy, and avoid buying lunch every day from fast food places to save money and stay on a <a href="">nutritious meal plan</a>.</p> <h2>4. Give Out Greetings</h2> <p>It makes people feel good to be personally acknowledged by their name. When you arrive at work, be sure to offer a greeting to your co-workers. Give them a smile as you head to your desk. By <a href="">creating a positive atmosphere</a> you may be able to head off other people&rsquo;s bad moods. Even if you are not feeling 100%, do your best to project a friendly, positive energy in the workplace.</p> <h2>5. Get Stuff Done</h2> <p>Another factor in frustration is feeling unaccomplished. You can help avoid this feeling by better organizing your day. Set a flexible schedule for your daily tasks and stick with it.</p> <ul> <li>Be determined to stay focused and avoid distraction.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Commit to a certain time to answer emails, make phone calls, or do your other tasks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Socialize with coworkers when on break rather than allowing people to interrupt you all day long.</li> </ul> <p>You&rsquo;ll be more focused and more likely to keep productivity levels on the high side. You can help keep the day running smoothly by creating a to-do list at the end of each day so you&rsquo;ll know what to expect come tomorrow. Reenergize on the job by taking a walk during lunch outside in the fresh air if possible.</p> <h2>6. Think Before You Open Your Mouth</h2> <p><a href="">Working with other people</a> can be exasperating, and if you tend to have a short fuse, you should consider working on your patience and your own reactions. You can ruin a good day by spouting off when angry or aggravated. Commit to taking a quick break or practice calming breaths when work stuff starts stressing you out. Take a step back and consider what you should say rather than what you want to say.</p> <h2>7. Track Your Accomplishments</h2> <p>When you get better at adopting a more positive attitude on the job, you will likely notice your productivity and accomplishments rising along with your spirits. Make sure you keep tabs on these achievements. Your ability to communicate your own improvements and renewed work ethic may afford you a <a href="">raise in pay</a> or a bonus.</p> <p>On the other hand, if you try and try to make things better at your workplace and still find you are genuinely not happy, it may be a good time to consider your other options by conducting discreet job searches when away from the office. You may also want to <a href="">consider a new career path</a> in general if the work you do is no longer satisfying. It may be that the environment where you are employed is having a negative effect on you personally, and you may not be able to fix that without making a larger change.</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="7 Ways to Have a Better Day at Work" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Tisha Tolar</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income Personal Development better job positive attitude time management Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:36:47 +0000 Tisha Tolar 955165 at A One-Step Guide to a Better Job and More Money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/one-step-guide-to-a-better-job-and-more-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Dollar Bill Zoomed In" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are hundreds of tips out there on how to become a better employee. I should know &mdash; I wrote <a href="">a whole series</a> about it. If you want to build a case for a raise or a new job altogether, this is a fine way of doing it.</p> <p>But lately I've become a fan of making one sweeping change instead of lots of small ones. Trust me: it'll be easier for you to remember the one &quot;big&quot; thing you can do to open all kinds of new doors for your career.</p> <p>So what's the secret to making more money and getting better and better jobs? <strong>Perform</strong>.</p> <h3>Beating Expectations</h3> <p>Forget about sucking up to your boss or doing favors to get in good with management. It will never be as effective as outperforming the expectations that were set on you.</p> <p>And this is where it gets complicated: what are the expectations your employers/bosses have of you? Sometimes it's easy to tell &mdash; goals and targets are handed down and your task it to exceed them. That's if your lucky.</p> <p>If your employer doesn't give you targets or goals, you need to have a sit down with your boss so you're crystal clear on what is expected of you and what the ultimate goals are for you and your team.</p> <p>Trust me, your boss will much rather have a meeting about clarifying goals than a meeting where an employee is whining that he/she wants more money. Once you crush the goals, you'll be able waltz in and say, &quot;OK, you know the drill. I crushed the goal so let's talk.&quot;</p> <h3>How Traders Get Rewarded</h3> <p>Traders are lucky: their bonuses are simply a matter of plugging in how much money you made for your firm, multiplying it by the percentage the company pays its traders, and boom &mdash; there's your bonus. How simple is that? It would be great to <a href="">get paid like a trader</a> because it takes a LOT of the grey areas out of the equation.</p> <p>If you're a manager and want a clear-cut example of how this can work for your benefit, check out <a href=";tag=thwrsco-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creativeASIN=0471356522"><em>From Worst to First</em></a>, the story of Continental Airlines and how one man came in and turned the airline around in less than a year. You'll read his mantra repeated over and over again:</p> <blockquote><p>What you reward and measure is what you get.</p> </blockquote> <h3>Get Clarity</h3> <p>As an employee, you need to be clear on what you're being measured on so you can outperform the goal and put yourself in the best position to ask for a reward.</p> <p>I'm sure there are people out there with horror stories of outperforming their goals and not getting what they want, and I'd love to hear some of them.</p> <p>But I'm willing to get that, at most companies, they want to keep the people that are going above and beyond to provide results, and that's why my advice to everyone out there is to find out what you're being measured on and then beat those goals up with a big stick.</p> <p><em>This post was included in the latest </em><a href=""><em>Carnival of Financial Independence</em></a><em>.</em></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="A One-Step Guide to a Better Job and More Money" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Carlos Portocarrero</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building better job raise Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:58:04 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 5258 at