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5 simple steps to be happy at work

April 16, 2014 12:28 IST

5 simple steps to be happy at work

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Did you know that waking up early and listening to music can influence your mood at the office?

People wish you this at the beginning of the day, even when you are not destined to have one. But you can definitely make a wonderful day for yourself.

Yes! It is a choice which you make to make your days happier and more satisfied.

Before you know it, it becomes a good habit and hence most days are happy days except of course crisis days.

Here are some simple things you can do to turn around a really bad day in your favour.

1. Plan in advance

A strong and tight preparation before your day starts makes for the best plan for a happy day.

Believe in the power in you and prepare for everything in advance.

It may not fall into place all the time, but that should not be a deterrent, because it does fall into place most of the times.

As the famous Abraham Lincoln said: Give me 6 hours to chop a tree and shall spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Remember that preparation is a cooler in the meanest of times.

Prepare your outfit for the next day before you go to bed, because believe it or not you take more time than required to decide what to wear, thus exploiting precious time in the mornings.

Next, pack your gym bag with the needed stuff the night before if you intend to hit the gym before you go for work.

Prepare your ingredients for next day's lunch well in advance if you require to eat something specific or healthy.

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Image: Simple things you do can help brighten your day at the office.
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2. Wake up earlier than usual

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If you get up just in time to go for work, start by waking up 15 minutes before time.

Don't be in a rush or your head would be muddled up with hundred different thoughts even before you've reached the office.

Take some time out to step outside your home, take a few deep breaths and let the morning sun increase your energy levels for the day.

No matter how groggy you feel, the sunshine shall take it all away.

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Image: Rise up before time and take a morning walk.
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3. Listen to music on the go

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Your commute is the most crucial part of your day because it can make or break the rhythm of things you started with.

Listening to news can be depressing; instead make a grand commute playlist for yourself.

It should include your favourite music pieces -- a mix of positive melodies that will make you smile and feel good.

Music, we all know is a great mood-uplifter and can probably even inspire and prepare you for the work that is to follow.

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Image: Listening to your favourite music can help calm your nerves.
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4. Spread out your tasks

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Dressed in dark overalls and sounding like work?

These things tend to sap out all the energy you build during the starting of the day.

But hey! Make it easy for yourself.

How?

Do the most stressful jobs first.

Do the tasks which have the most urgent deadlines.

Do the task which requires maximum energy first.

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Image: Prioritise your work and stay stress-free.
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5. Smile :)

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Burned out just before the end of the day? Smile and smile wide.

It shakes off the extra stress and the smiles of others seeing your own shall take the stress away.

Massage your head, take short breaks and work hard.

To feel happy and to have a good day you need to have patience to make it good and enjoy what you do.


Image: A smile will make you feel light and brighten your day.
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