Every year I look forward to purchasing the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Daily Calendar*. The calendar is chock full of inspiration, motivation and wisdom that will teach you how to be your best self.
Since I struggle with a generalized anxiety disorder, it is important that I make every effort to live my best life. This principle affects every part of my being, including how I view my job.
One of the most important things I’ve taken away from Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is how to practice mindfulness at work.
Happiness Starts With Your Attitude
Your commute is agonizing. The work is repetitive. You don’t like who you work with.
It’s pretty easy to list all of the things you dislike about your job. Don’t think I didn’t hear you groan when you read that subheading either.
Dwelling on everything you resent about your job does absolutely no good. It doesn’t even make you feel better. In fact, it keeps you in a negative state and only serves to weigh you down.
If you want to have a better relationship with your work then you have to change your attitude about it. Once you accept that, you can take steps to slowly change your mindset.
Turn Your Commute Into A Meditation
Take a deep breathe of fresh air when you leave home. Listen to the sounds around you…connect with your environment. Take note of the people around you. Are they dashing off to work too?
We may all do different things, but we all do what we have to in order to support ourselves and our families. You are a part of an ecosystem and when you think about it, that’s a beautiful thing.
Start your day by thinking about your value. No matter what kind of work you do, somebody somewhere is depending on you. That’s important! You’re important.
Next, set the mood. Make a killer Spotify playlist and get lost in the music on your way to work.
Have you been wanting to learn another language? Would you like to hear something that will leave you inspired? Download a motivating podcast!
Make a conscious effort to establish the right tone for your day. You will feel better for it.
Treat People The Way You Want To Be Treated
How do you feel when a co-worker throws you under the bus to your boss? Or if a customer isn’t happy about something and decides to take it all out on you?
The way we treat other people is a reflection of how we should expect to be treated.
Sometimes people are jerks. That’s just how it is. You can’t control other people, but you can control yourself. How you choose to react in a difficult situation has an impact on your mental well being.
Avoid workplace gossip. Be forgiving when somebody makes a mistake. Practice patience if someone loses their cool or treats you unfairly.
When you set the tone for how you want to be treated, people will subconsciously pick up on it and will hopefully honor it.
Send the energy into the world that you want returned to you.
Count Your Blessings
You don’t have to be religious in order to count your blessings.
It is so important that we spend time each day to be grateful for what we have.
Our situation may not be perfect because life isn’t perfect, but we should all be able to find something to be thankful for.
Apply this principle to your job as well. Think of an aspect about your work that you are grateful for. Hopefully there are several things that come to mind!
Is it a favorite co-worker — the one you’re “mad” at when they don’t come in one day or you’re disappointed if you have different schedules?
Is it the opportunity for upward mobility and growth? The chance to turn your job into a career?
Maybe it’s simply having a steady paycheck…being able to put food on the table.
No matter what our situation is in life, we have the opportunity to make the best of things. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff says, “You become what you practice most.”
What are you practicing the most and is it empowering you to be your best self?
Talk To Me
Tell me about what you do for a living! What is something about your job that you like and/or that you’re grateful for? Leave a comment below!