If you're sitting at a desk right now hating your life, I both feel your pain and have a solution for you. First, be grateful you're not working one of the worst jobs of 2015. Next, if you're working in a dreaded open office floor plan, position your screen away from your boss. Now, direct your attention to this not-so-average-joe who kicked his job up 20 notches with good music and a GoPro. No, really. This guy shot a GoPro commercial about an average workday and somehow made his boring job look awesome.
What are the worst parts of your work day? Clearly, office coffee is always terrible. Seriously, how does every office manage to inject a rusty, burnt, mildly carcinogenic flavor into their coffee? The cubes are equally awful. They make confined spaces in airplanes and banks look luxurious. And the whole trend of not letting sunlight into the office to remind us all that we live in a grim, grim world and might never see the light of day? Well, yeah, that's a real treat. Thanks to our GoPro-wielding friend, we have a more positive outlook on the monotony of filing, calculating, talking on the phone, stuffing envelopes, getting paper cuts. All you really need is a theme song and a GoPro.
Instead of letting the professional world get the better of him, this guy has taken a more heroic path. Here's the GoPro video that's going to inspire your work week:
Don't lie, you're feeling better already, aren't you? And look at the clock—the day's totally almost over! (OK, so that line really only works if you're reading this between 2PM. and 5PM. If you aren't, please accept my sincerest apologies.)
If this work week is starting to drag you down, we're early enough in the week that you can still turn it around. I know your supervisor will say that you can improve your work life based solely on your attitude. I'm not saying they're wrong. I'm just saying there's also a lot of quick, cheap, effective ways to improve your quality of life at work.
Here are 7 ways to make your work week better:
1. Make coffee at home, or bring your own coffee maker to the office
Don't let the office coffee get you down. You can buy yourself a one cup coffee maker and make delicious coffee before you even get to the office. Or, if you need a pick me up when you get to your desk, buy a mini French press and be the classiest person in the office. Happiness is a warm cup of caffeine.
You will be in a better mood if you're drinking water consistently throughout the day. So often we think we're hungry, cranky, or tired, when we're actually just thirsty. Bring your favorite cup (or wineglass) to work and start refilling it every couple of hours. (Ahem. With WATER.)
3. Make yourself a work playlist
See that dancing poodle? THAT COULD BE YOU. In your head, at least. Consistently listening to music you love, instead of aimlessly scrolling through Spotify will almost always put you in a better mood.
4. Bring in something that smells good and put it on your desk
Aromatherapy, baby. It works. Bring a flower for your desk, or even your perfume. You can also pick up some lavender, or some similar earthy crunchy oil for a good price and spray it around your workspace.
5. Leave the office during lunch
Go experience the outside world. I know that most of us work way too hard to even get a lunch break, let alone manage to take a full hour. I'm not saying go buy lunch every day. Just take a few minutes to walk around the block, or even run a 10-minute errand. Do something that involves moving away from the 5 square feet you've been inhabiting all day.
6. Look at pictures of dogs
Like this one.
And this one.
OH MY GOD AND THIS ONE.
7. Live every day like you're in a GoPro video
If that guy can find a work soundtrack and edit an awesome video, then you can make it through this day.
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