Saturday, October 19, 2013

How Do You Have Fun At Work?

When we think of work we typically don't think of the word fun. That is why it is called work, and not fun. If you are in sales, then work can be defined as prospecting, quotas, clients, presentations, closing, and training. At times those tasks can be less than enjoyable. Now, work can be fun and it can be enjoyable. It is all a matter of how you approach your work.

How can you make your work fun?

ATTITUDE: It all starts with your attitude. If you come to work thinking that the day is not going to be fun, or if you are dreading facing your boss, or a client, or you are worried about your sales figures, then your day will not be any fun. Have a positive attitude. No matter what the situation, throw your worries out the window and look at the situation with a positive outlook and you will have more fun in the day.

ATMOSPHERE: This goes hand in hand with attitude. If you have a positive attitude it will create a positive atmosphere for you and those directly around you. Make your atmosphere light, relaxed, and enjoyable and you will find you will have more fun, and your clients, your co-workers, and those you encounter will have more fun. Make a bubble of fun around you. If you come across a negative atmosphere, you can choose not to join in.

EAT: Several of my co-workers like to eat. They have a small griddle and are constantly cooking a good breakfast or a nice lunch. Good nutrition fuels the body and fuels the mind. I know when I feel my blood sugar dropping, and I haven't eaten (when I should have) I tend to get grumpy and less alert. My mood changes and I stop having fun. Take a break, grab a sandwich or a healthy snack. Cook a small meal and fuel your body to bring you to the optimum mind set, and return to having fun.

TAKE A WALK: May times we get hunkered down, doing deals, calling clients, dealing with a challenging customer or problem and we get locked into our office, desk, or meeting room. If you feel the fun factor dropping, take a short walk. It can be as little as a few minutes or as long as you want. (Provided you have the time.) A walk around the office, or around the building can re-energize you.

JOKE AROUND: I am reminded of the Joker in Batman when he says, "Why so serious?" I know I take my job seriously and can tend to be really focused on the task at hand. I have my poker face on and am intensely locked into the deal, or the heat of the battle. However, I have to remind myself to relax and lighten it up a bit. Sales can be high demanding and intense, but every now and then you need to joke around. I don't mean tell dirty or incorrect jokes, or pull pranks on people. But light and airy, jovial, banter, and talking amongst others about things makes life fun.

So the next time you feel your tension build, your situation heated, your worry creeping up on you, ask yourself: "Why so serious?" and put a little fun into your moment and your day!

-- by Tim Northburg LifeWork Elements

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