Work-Life Balance

5 Ways to Be Happier at Work in the New Year

Written by Peter Jones

Can’t settle on a resolution this year? Make 2017 the year you focus on your career. We all spend most of our time, whether we like it or not, at work. We might as well enjoy it. Here are 5 little things you can do to be happier and more successful on the job.

1. Be the early bird

Try getting up a little earlier. Even 15 minutes can make a huge difference. Studies show people who wake up early are generally happier. Set your alarm just a tad bit earlier to give yourself a couple extra minutes, and you’ll be amazed at how easily you get ahead when you’re not always racing to catch up.

2. Set boundaries

You make a point of pitching in when you’re really needed, and you would expect your coworkers to do the same for you. But sometimes you can get away with saying “no.” Taking a little extra time for your projects and priorities will make a big difference in how quickly you get through your to-do list.

3. Open up

Once you learn how to say “no,” try saying “yes.” Learn a new skill or language or go for that promotion. Exposing yourself to new and challenging experiences will help you grow both personally and professionally.

4. Snack right

Workplace vending machines are a resolution nightmare. Pack some healthy snacks and take them to work with you. You’ll save money and calories plus you’ll save yourself the mid-afternoon blood sugar crash.

5. Know when to stop

So many times, we have to work late—even once we’ve left the office. But it’s easy to get caught up in bad habits even when the extra work just isn’t necessary. Pick a time to be done with work and stick with it. Drawing that line will make your actual work time more productive, and your free time more free for you to enjoy.

This article is part of Bulk Up Your Career in 2017 campaign. Access the entire guide here to help you succeed in 2017.

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