Happy Tuesday friends!! I hope you’re staying positive and are well. Today I’m sharing part five of this six part work from home blog series: Have a Positive Attitude.
The past five posts of this six part blog series can be found below:
- 5 TIPS TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY WHILE WORKING FROM HOME
- CREATE A SCHEDULE & WORK IN BREAK TIMES
- GET DRESSED AND READY FOR THE DAY
- MAKE A WORK SPACE
- BE ACTIVE
I wrote a blog post sharing my home office redo! This post will help inspire you to create a beautiful workspace. It’s helped me significantly become more productive at home.
Having a Positive Attitude
Have you ever had that one coworker that was ALWAYS negative (even if they didn’t realize)? They drain you of your own energy and spread their “cancer” throughout the office. Before you know it, there’s a lot of negativity, self doubt, and unhappiness in the workplace. I certainly have had it, and I’ve been guilty of falling into the negativity trap!
What about the opposite? Have you ever worked in an office environment where there was that ONE person who was landing every deal, was the coolest boss, always had a smile, and everyone wanted to be around? I’ve had that too!
It’s a domino effect. The second one domino gets knocked down, the rest are destined to go with it. Aside from just eliminating a negative work environment, it’s vital to create a positive one! Whether you’re in an office or working from home (or like me for yourself), creating that positive and inspiring work place will transform every single aspect of your work life and overall happiness!
How to Promote A Positive Work Environment
Working from home can be challenging, especially when you’re used to being in an office and collaborating with coworkers. First, you need to create structure (see tip 1 and tip 3). Second, follow the tips below.
Focus on You
Do a self check in! How are you feeling? Once you’ve checked in emotionally with your own attitude, you can evaluate the changes that need to be made. If there’s any negative energy, figure out why and find a solution.
Spread Positivity to Your (Virtual) Coworkers
Do you work on a team? How do you make your team feel? Check in with each other and say something kind.
If you work for yourself like I do, I take a step back and look at the positives from the day. What did I check off my list? What did I learn today? How have I grown EVEN in the smallest way?
It’s about giving yourself and/or your teammates gratitude! It’s amazing how far a simple complement can go in the workplace. Gratitude also builds respect and trust in your coworkers! Give someone a complement (OR give yourself one if you work independently). See what happens… I bet those positive words go a long way!
If you’re like me and do not have coworkers, check in with yourself and evaluate what you’re thankful for today! I do this every single morning when I’m making my daily schedule.
Focus on the Positive
What are you thankful for? Whether it’s work life or home life, it’s so important to focus on the positive things in your life! Despite being temporarily “stuck” at home and wording it as a negative, think of the positive side. “I get to work from home today!” Think about how you word things and adjust them in a positive way. Maybe you need to send an email to your coworker about a deadline. Instead of saying “don’t forget to do…”, ask “how’s the progress on…”. I promise it’ll go a long way!
Working independently, I’ve also felt the need to get out of the house more. Rather than feeling bad for myself being stuck indoors, I’ve been taking my dogs on daily walks as an “excuse” to get out of the house. They’ve never been happier, and I realized how much I love being outdoors! We all win. It’s also a welcome distraction to any negativity happening in my personal life (TRUST ME, we all have it).
These small wins and positive thinking will change your entire outlook on work. When you’re at home and your client/boss/coworker call, how is your tone on the phone? People generally gravitate towards positive people and conversations. The feeling spreads, it boosts moral, and your at home work life will be SO much more productive. Check in on your tone and outlook.
A simple smile goes a LONG way! Did you just finish a long term project? Did you check something off your list? Have a conversation with a client that went well? Give yourself a pat on the back and smile! You may be at home, working by yourself with no one around you, but try it! Smile to yourself and notice the general effects of how you feel.
Overall when you have a positive attitude in the workplace you will be more productive, you’ll be happier, and your work will be better. Working from home should be fun! Give yourself credit for how hard you work, and enjoy the time you have to work remotely.
Here’s a few cute loungewear outfits you can wear working from home!