Scouts guide to getting that lovin’ feeling for the role you have.
I really do consider myself a lucky person to be able to say that I enjoy my job. Don’t get me wrong, at times it is very frustrating and we all have bad days (but that is usually due to lack of sleep from young children keeping me awake as opposed to my job!). But for the majority of people, work is a means to an end – get paid so I can afford to live. So how can we find it in ourselves to try to enjoy what we do every working day, even if it is the small things?
Appreciate your colleagues:
Particularly in the Marketing industry, most people are interesting and have an element of fun and positivity to them. We like to call them a ‘High I’ profile – people orientated, bubbly, chatty and engaging. There is usually something slightly different or mad going on in a Marketing department or Agency and this is all down to the people. We spend so much time with our colleagues and we are so lucky in this industry to share this time with an interesting set of people – this alone should make you happy to come in to work each day – never a dull day in the office!
To be honest, Agency side in particular, there is rarely time to get bored, but if you find that on occasion you are sat twiddling your thumbs waiting for that project to be signed off or for feedback, then this is the time to seriously think about something new you would like to achieve in your role currently. Is it a promotion, is it an additional skill that you would like to train for, is it to think of that amazing creative idea that is going to win you an award? Write down your goals and brainstorm how you are going to achieve them, then set yourself some deadlines and start researching. Then, most importantly, let your boss know how pro-active you have been with your spare capacity and ask for their help in achieving those goals.
Surround yourself with positive images:
I find that when I have an image on my screen saver/wallpaper that makes me smile every time I see it, I might have just had a negative email through or got off the phone to someone who has wasted my time for an hour, but I can go back to this photo and feel positive again. People have images of their loved ones on their desks for a reason! It could also be a mood board on the wall that expresses why you are working so hard – images of exotic locations that you want to earn enough to go to one day, that car that you would love to own one day, the shoes that you want to save up for – anything that will inspire you to remain positive and focused.
I am writing this and will be going into the office in the morning armed with pictures and wanting to hug all my colleagues and tell them how lucky I am to work with such fun people!