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Is Job Stress Killing You?

Did you know that your job is killing you? According to a recent survey, your job is the top reason why you are stressed out in life. While some stress is normal, too much stress can take a physical and emotional toll on your health and well-being. If you dread coming to work and feel relieved when leaving work, this is a clear sign that your job is making you unhappy. In future articles, I will discuss more about stress and work. Below is an interesting illustration of the causes of stress and what you can do to decrease it.

Is Stress Killing You?

5 Ways to Succeed at Your Job

Congratulations on landing your new job. I know you are excited to get started and want to make a great first impression. You also want to get up to speed and become a valuable member of the team. In other words, you want to succeed in your new job. Below are 5 ways to d it:

1. Always Ask Questions

You should always be asking questions and learning new things about your job no matter how long you have been there. Learning a tip to save you time can really add up over the hours, so it’s important that you take in as much as you can. It will allow you to learn how to do things the right way and perhaps even the easier way. Asking questions shows that you’re interested in bettering your performance as well. Not only will it make you look more professional, it will also show that you’re determined to be an asset to the company, which can go quite a long way.

2. Find a Mentor

It’s a great idea to find someone who will mentor you and show you the ins and outs of your position. This will be the best way to learn how to do things right without having to go through troublesome mistakes. You can avoid many failures by learning how to do things from an experienced worker. This will allow you to learn how to overcome many challenges that they have faced before you so you don’t have to suffer through them.

3. Set Goals

Setting goals can allow you to get a lot more things done. It will make your day go by much faster and it will also make your workload feel a lot smaller. You can set long-term goals as well as short term goals, but try to be realistic about the outcomes. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t always achieve your goals as it’s very common for your goals to change throughout your career.

4. Know Your Duties

Before you jump into your job and try to perform your best, you’re going to want to learn all of the ins and outs. Take the time to learn your job duties and memorize them without repeating mistakes. It’s going to make things a lot easier for you and allow you to progress much faster than usual.

5. Be Respectful

Always be respectful of other people; this includes co-workers as well as management. When you are respectful you will be seen much more professional, even when it comes to small things. Don’t be afraid to stand up for your own personal beliefs, but be certain to be respectful when doing so.

How to Stay Happy at Work

Did you know that when you are happy you are more creative and productive? Look around your office. Do you see a lot of smiling faces? If not, I can almost guarantee that those people are not working at their peak performance. Their unhappiness is actually sabotaging their jobs. Everybody gets depressed or sad every once in a while. It’s just a natural thing. But there are a lot of people who keep themselves in a constant downward spiral of depression when they can avoid it all together. Now, you don’t have to be the most chipper person in your office, but you can certainly follow these tips to make sure that you get the most out of your day and avoid the negative aspects of living with an unhappy outlook.

1. Keep Your Goals Realistic

Sometimes we can feel as though we need to reach the stars in order to live a happy life. Maybe we put unrealistic goals out there for us to achieve, but always end up falling short. Having these types of goals and requirements of yourself can be very unhealthy and it can really put your mood down in the dumps. When you’re constantly putting these huge goals on your plate and not meeting them, you will take on a lot of depression and start to feel worthless. The best way to remedy this is by setting realistic goals and not always shooting for the stars.

2. Don’t Let Your Surroundings Drag You Down

When we constantly surround ourselves with negative people and negative things we will start to take on that outlook gradually. Have you ever noticed that when you put on a scary movie that later that night things will make you jump or worry more than usual? This is the same for negative influences. What you’re going to want to do is make an effort to surround yourself with positive people and positive things. Pick up an uplifting comedy movie, play some music that makes you smile, have lunch with your favorite colleague. It will do you a lot of good!

3. Don’t Dwell on Your Past

Too many people spend countless hours stressing out about what they could have been or what they could have done to make their lives better. This is extremely unhealthy and it can be very bad for your happiness. There’s nothing that we can do to change the past, and reliving these old memories in your head will do nothing but depress you. The best way to combat these feelings is by always focusing on the now. If you’re working on a project, make sure you give it your undivided attention. If you’re watching a movie, don’t drift off and think of the past, engulf yourself in the storyline. These can be applied to many daily tasks.

How to Survive Your New Job

 

If you’ve ever just started a job, you know just how frustrating it can be to get in the groove of things. You’re surrounded by people who are outperforming you and maybe you’re not quite up to par with the company’s standards. It can be a very frustrating experience if you don’t take the proper steps to improve. The thing is that everything takes time and nobody perfects their job overnight.  There are a few things that you should keep in mind though. These are some basic ways of thinking that you should practice when you’re just starting out on the job.

One of the biggest problems that new employees run into in their new job is the fact that they allow their pride to take over their common sense. The truth is that you’re going to have to do some things in your position that other, more seasoned employees might not have to do. You’re just going to have to work your way up the totem pole. This will allow you to prove that you have a good work ethic and it can be a great way to be recognized by your boss. Just remember that you won’t be at the bottom of the totem pole forever!

It’s easy to fall behind at work, especially when you’re just starting out. You’re learning all kinds of new things and at the same time you’re expected to meet schedules. It can be frustrating, but it’s extremely important that you meet these deadlines. One of the best ways to stay above water is by keeping all of your work properly organized. Your boss is likely to be much more critical of you when you’re first starting out, so it’s very important you shine. Always stay ahead of your workload so you don’t fall behind, and don’t be afraid to work a few minutes over your lunch break.

You probably won’t get too far if you don’t learn how to do your job properly, and the best way to learn how to perfect your duties is by asking questions. You shouldn’t be hesitant to ask your boss or co-workers questions about your job. This will allow you to learn time saving tips that will make your work much easier. You’ll also be showing your boss that you’re eager to learn. This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

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