REALIZATION 4: 10 ways to stay positive when work is kicking your butt

Has anyone had a job in which he or she didn’t feel overwhelmed at least at one point?

No one? Really?

Didn’t think so.

Well, I go through cycles when I’m really happy and feeling satisfied in my work, and then there comes a moment when it feels like the only way people know how to write emails is by being rude. And I get annoyed.

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Just this week a decision was made from higher up that made me really disappointed. I lie awake for hours that night, and that’s when I came up with these 10 strategies to change my mood:

10 – Look around at others doing jobs that you would never want to do – This makes me feel gratitude instead of anger. My dad has worked for more than 30 years at UPS until 1 or 2 a.m. in temperatures my Brazil-adjusted corpo can’t even fathom. Be thankful.

9 – Instead of making a pros and cons list, make a "pros list" – This will make you think about all the good points of your job and take your focus off that really annoying thing. Or person.

8 – After you’ve made that list, focus on spending more time doing the tasks you love – This will help you live in the moment instead of watching the clock.

7 – Spend time engaging more with people that build you up – Surround yourself with positive people that you enjoy or make you laugh.

6 – Accept that decisions will be made that you don’t like – Then accept the challenge of dealing with that. Also note this for future use in interviews when they ask how you dealt with challenges.

5 – Keep a list of your own achievements and pat yourself on the back – Tell friends and family what you did once a week and then ask them what they achieved.

4 – Look for opportunities to learn something new or change your environment – Can you do professional development one day to get out of the office and develop new skills?

3 – Be as flexible as possible – If someone asks you to run an errand, be happy about the opportunity to move around and away from your desk.

2 – Organize your desk and make it a happy place – Put up photos of people, places or pets that make you smile. Make your desk a place of peace instead of turmoil. This is key for me.

1 – Reward yourself when you get through the week (or day) – You deserve that extra coffee, chocolate or--in my case--Subway cookie.


Realization #4 – At the end of the day, you may love your job, but work is work. Everyone has bad days. But it’s positive energy that may not only keep you employed... it may also help you become more successful!

And if none of these strategies apply to you and you are 100% happy and relaxed 24/7, then sorry for wasting your time.

But please give my resume to your boss and ask them to hire me.


What strategies do you use to keep your cool when you're ready to punch the cubicle wall? Leave a comment below!