WORKPLACE / AUG. 28, 2013
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10 Things That Shouldn’t Ruin Your Day (but probably will)

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You set your alarm, you went to bed early, and yet you still slept in. PANIC. Racing around the bedroom trying to get washed, dressed, and ready to get out the door, you are all flustered by the time you get to work. This is not a great way to start the day.

The only way to guarantee a productive day at work is to ensure that nothing spoils your morning. It could be a minor occurrence such as running out of your favourite cereal or being stuck in traffic on the way to work that puts you in a bad mood, but whatever the cause, if it ruins your mood, it’ll ruin your day.

It is important not to let the small things in life get you down or affect your focus at work; you need to see the bigger picture so that when small problems do arise, you can calmly resolve them without it having a knock on effect for the rest of the day.

The best employees are those who are focused, calm and collected. If you turn up at work in a foul mood and take it out on your co-workers, or worse, your boss, then you can guarantee that those around you will begin to distance themselves from you. If you are not liked by co-workers and management is getting fed up of your bad moods at work, then you know something needs to be done.

Best approach to take...

1. Don't allow yourself to be late getting ready in the morning. Always have your alarm set to give you ample time for a shower, breakfast and to beat the morning rush hour traffic. Also, get an early night the night before an important day at the office so you feel fresh as a daisy!

2. Eat a hearty breakfast. Do not limit yourself to quick coffee; this will not give you energy to keep you going until lunchtime.

3. Arrive at work 10 minutes early to give you time to make a cup of tea, relax, open your emails or even catch up on the morning news stories before the rest of your colleagues arrive and the busy day begins.

If, like many others, you find that even the smallest thing is affecting your mood for the day, you need to address this and try to put into perspective each 'bad' thing that happens to you. Is is really that awful? Or are you over-reacting? A bad hair day is not the end of the world. 

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