How to Make Time Fly at Work

Marisa Cohen, SELF magazine

Make any gig more fun with these 6 tips.


Think back: Remember all the reasons you took this job in the first place. Was it the sweet hours? A quickie commute? Tons of responsibility? Then come up with ways to rekindle the excitement you felt on day one, says Jane Boucher, author of How to Love the Job You Hate. Go out after work and enjoy your free evenings; bike to the office just because you can.

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Escape your desk: Working endless hours can affect your productivity. Take an honest-to-goodness lunch break (we know, crazy, right?) and eat your salad in the park or hit a yoga class. You'll be more effective after a time-out, research shows.

Set two goals:
Make one short-term-"I'll go to two networking events this month"-to get an instant sense of satisfaction that you're opening doors to a happier future. The other should be bigger-picture: "In a year I want to get promoted." Clear-cut goals increase your energy and focus, says Alan Saks, Ph.D., professor of human resources at the University of Toronto.

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Brainstorms with pals: If you spend all day sitting solo in your cube, creative thinking can go out the (nonexistent) window. Bounce a few ideas off a coworker, or ask your boss if you can pitch in with a group project.

Find a mentor: "Reach out to a higher-up at your workplace and ask if you can take her out for coffee to get advice," says Sharon Jordan-Evans, coauthor of Love It, Don't Leave It. When someone you respect takes the time to talk with you, it helps you feel engaged with what you're working on.

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Take a class:
"Honing your job skills-say, learning how to better use social media-can help you feel more confident about your abilities, which translates to feeling more motivated at work," Saks says. (Your company may even pay your tuition!) Plus, the more you learn, the more marketable you'll be when it's time to move on.


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