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You don’t have to dread going to work on Mondays. While there was a period of time for me that depression set in on Sunday nights as I anxiously awaited Monday morning to arrive, I am no longer in that space. Thank God! I came to realize that I didn’t have to be in that space. I could make a change. And make a change, I did. Once I started my new job as a Physician Liaison I began to look forward to Monday mornings. Now, don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t beatin’ the door down every Monday morning to get to work and turning somersaults on my way into the building, but the majority of the time I was excited about my job, the work I was able to do and the colleagues I had the pleasure to work with. And, my excitement remains in my current role as a Physician Recruiter.
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Here are some ways to make sure you have fun at work:
● Find a career you love and are passionate about. Then it won’t feel like “work”. I realize this may be easier said than done. (If you need some help, visit our “Career Coach” page.)
● Once you find a career you love amd are passionate about, make sure you choose a job with people you actually like. It is very important during a job interview to not just be interviewed. You should also interview your potential boss/colleagues to make sure the job and environment will also be the best fit for you.
● Once you find the job and colleagues you fit best with, don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s okay to smile and laugh at work. No one wants to work with a sour puss every day, all day. Treat others with kindness and respect, the way you would want to be treated.
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● Take periodic breaks, including lunch, throughout the day. You need time to decompress and relax, especially if you work long hours. Getting burnt out doesn’t make for a happy and productive employee or entrepreneur.
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● Whistle while you work. Just kidding. I thought it was funny, even if you didn’t. 😆
● Take time off. You’ve heard that “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Well, it’s not just true in relationships. I have found that after annual vacations and sporadic periods of time off I am often eager to return to work.
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You may not always be able to control your circumstances or situation, but you can always control how you respond to it. Even if you are not in your dream job, you can still have fun at work until you find it.
Until next time-
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 8:15 NIV)