By Anna Davies, REDBOOK
Downsizing rumors at the office, slashes in health and retirement benefits, and fewer projects (or way too many!) landing on your desk can all lead to feeling uninspired on the job. Here, Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, cofounders of Silpada Designs, a $190 million home jewelry sales business, offer five tips for how to keep your chin up when work starts to feel like a downer.
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1. Take on new projects: From brainstorming cost-cutting initiatives to volunteering to helm a project, one of the best things you can do to lift your spirits is to pitch in where help is needed. Why? Taking action will give you a sense of control over your work life, while expanding your skill set will keep you motivated and energized.
2. Say no to negativity: Coffee-break chatter about layoffs or pay cuts will only fuel your uncertainty, say Kelly and Walsh. Save your griping for outside the office-with your husband or friends-and keep the conversation with office buddies neutral.
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3. Create your own mini-goals: Come in early one day each week, set up a brainstorming meeting with your supervisor, or work on an idea memo. "Goals energize you and give you a sense of accomplishment, which will help you stay on track even when work is slow," Kelly and Walsh say.
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4. Invest in yourself: Attend a networking event or take a class, Kelly and Walsh suggest. While these actions may not have an immediate payoff in terms of a new job or promotion, expanding your business network and learning new skills will keep you inspired-and might help get you hired once the job market turns.
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5. Find fun outside of work: "It's important to enjoy your life, especially when you're feeling stressed out," Kelly and Walsh say. Find one non-work-related activity that excites you (experimenting with your digital camera, mastering crow position in yoga) and allow yourself to let go of work woes.
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