We all appreciate the idea of quality of life. What about the quality of our work lives? If you’re one of those people who’ve accepted happiness and work don’t go together, there are things you can do to change that view. According to Abby Wolfe, writer for the website the muse, it’s all about changing habits.
In her post The 7 Essential Work Habits That’ll Make You Happier at the Office, Wolfe argues that happiness and work need not be strangers. Quoting “happiness expert” Gretchen Rubin, from her book Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits, “When we change our habits, we change our lives. We can use decision-making to choose the habits we want to form, use willpower to get the habit started, then—and this is the best part—we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over.” Wolfe takes Rubin’s 7 principles - her book is not aimed solely at the workplace - and applies them very specifically to the office.
While exercise regularly, rest, relax, and enjoy, simplify, clean, clear and organize are the mantras of so many life coaches today, what makes Wolfe’s observations poignant is her commonsense application of Rubin’s principles. Or as she succinctly puts it, “I took wondering one step further.”
Wolfe offers simple ways to improve your health by more closely monitoring your intake of food at work, cupcakes not included. She wisely suggests leveraging any benefits your company provides - 401K, stock options, etc to not just save money, but to derive some of the emotional benefits that economic security provides. She touches on the satisfaction which comes from taking control of your environment - your desk, your tendency to procrastinate, your relationships with your colleagues. Changing habits may take time, but the benefits might improve, not just your life at work, but also bring you closer to the always elusive work life balance.
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