web analytics
September 2, 2014 / 7 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



How To Love Going To Work – Every Day

Baim-011113

The thing about work is that it isn’t fun. If it were, it would be called play. Most people grumble about going to work, and look forward to their time-off – especially when it is paid. And yet, polls show that most people, given the choice, would prefer to work. It’s when we get to the office that we begin to moan and groan. What’s the point in that? If we spend the majority of our waking hours at work, we might as well enjoy it! Here are some ways we can accomplish that:

First, prepare yourself mentally. Think about what you are accomplishing with your work. No matter how meaningless you think the job is, if it was totally irrelevant, you wouldn’t be paid for doing it. There must be someone you are helping, or some good you are doing – and when you focus on the good you are doing for another person or persons, it’s quite a wonderful feeling. Then, think about what you will accomplish with your paycheck: paying tuition, covering the rent or mortgage, grocery bills, etc. all of these are important expenses. Consider those millions of people who are un-employed, under-employed, or work long days for pennies per hour. Aren’t you lucky to have a job you can go to every day?

Second, make the most of your commute. The average American wastes almost an hour a day traveling to work. The stress and tedium of this wasted time takes a toll, so try to utilize it effectively. I bike 7.2 miles to work everyday. It’s a wonderful workout, and I actually get to work faster biking than if I would drove, even with my slow, cautious riding. In fact, studies show that if you work within ten miles of your home, your quickest option is biking. Using my bike I am also eliminating the stress of fighting traffic and finding parking, not to mention the money I save on gas.

However, if you must drive to work, get a collection of shiurim or audio books to listen to while you are in the car. If you take mass transit, then you have the option of catching up on saying Tehillim, learning, or decompressing with a good book. Today, with the plethora of cheap e-readers, there’s no need to shlep cumbersome books – making it more convenient to read on the train or bus.

Third, make your personal workspace as homey as possible. If possible, put up personal photos, funny quotes, or heartwarming cut-outs. Organize your space so that it’s neat, orderly and well-lit. Clutter causes distraction and in-efficiency. At least once a day, either when you first come in, or when you are getting ready to leave, spend a minute or two decluttering your space.

Fourth, be one with nature. I am lucky enough to enjoy a window by my desk, but if you don’t have that option, a small plant or bonsai tree will bring some green energy into your workspace. Even pictures or a nature slideshow on your computer can do the trick. Just take a minute to imagine yourself within that beautiful scene to reap those benefits.

Fifth, control the noise level around you, as best as you can. Generally, it’s not a good idea to ask your co-workers to lower their voices when they are on the phone or speaking near you. It can easily back-fire. Instead, pop in some earbuds or noise-canceling headphones. If possible, listen to some light classical music. You’ll still hear if someone is calling you, but you’ll be able to tune out all the incessant noise.

Sixth, be collegial with your co-workers. Although spending hours chitchatting over the water cooler is not halachically correct or fair to your boss, forming good relationships with the people you work with is actually an important component of longevity, according to a study done at Tel Aviv University. So feel free to spend a minute or two shooting the breeze with your co-workers. But keep the conversation positive. Complaining about your boss or other colleagues will not only foster bad relationships, according to a study in the journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, it can cause you to become depressed.

Seventh, don’t spend your lunch break at your desk. A quick walk around the block is more energizing than the cup of coffee and chocolate bar we crave during that afternoon slump. And don’t forget to sit up straight! A big cause of back and neck pain is poor posture at the desk. Even better, every hour or so, take a quick stroll around the office ending with a couple of deep stretches.

Healthy and happy employees make productive, long-term employees. If you have a specific need, such as a private place to pump if you are nursing or a flexible schedule, don’t hesitate to speak with your boss. Be factual and clear, laying out how you envision your plan working. Odds are, he or she will be willing to hear you out and you’ll love your job even more.

About the Author: Pnina Baim’s newest novel, “A Life Worth Living”, about finding happiness and meaning in the land of Israel, is now available at all online retailers. Contact Pnina at pninabaim@gmail.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “How To Love Going To Work – Every Day”

  1. IDF soldiers have taken a good and precise course to protect Israel.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh would replace Abbas chairman of the Palestinian Authority if elections were held today.
Poll: Hamas Would Rule Judea and Samaria in New Elections
Latest Sections Stories
LBJ-082914

What better proof do we need than the recent war with Hamas in Gaza, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” that transformed the pain and suffering of three families into a sense of unparalleled unity and outpouring of love of the entire nation of Israel?

Katzman-082914

So many families are mourning, and all along we mourned with them.

Astaire-082914

In addition to his great erudition, Rabi Akiva was known for his optimism.

Kupfer-082914-Chuppah

She told me that she was busy and that he could sit in his wet clothes for the rest of the day. It would teach him to be more careful.

What can we do to help him stop feeling so sad all the time?

Children with dyslexia or dysgraphia frequently have problems in social relationships.

Israel’s neighbors engaged in hostilities from the onset. The War of Independence was a hard-won battle. Aggression and enmity has followed for 66 years.

The contest will include student-created sculpture, computer graphic design, collage, videography, PowerPoint and painting.

David, an 8-year-old boy on the autism spectrum, recently attended a Friendship Circle event. As he entered he told his Dad, “I love coming to the FC programs ‘cause everyone loves each other.”

Goldsmith himself went on his own “voyage of discovery” to the places where his grandfather and uncle landed and were sent.

Frank proclaimed himself Zvi’s successor and the reincarnation of King David.

You’re probably wondering why the greatest advocate of fast and easy preps in the kitchen is talking about layer cakes, right?

Almost immediately the audience began singing and clapping and continued almost without stop throughout the rest of the concert.

As of late, vintage has definitely been in vogue in the Orthodox community.

More Articles from Pnina Baim
Baim-081514

The world sees the hand of God through us, and does not like it.

Baim-071814-Boys

Maybe we don’t have to lose that growth and unity that we have achieved, especially with the situation in Eretz Yisrael right now.

This summer, why don’t we try to do better and cool off without blowing our retirement fund?

Do we really have that much extra money to throw away on substandard products and shoddy service? I think not.

Yom Tov is about spending time with your family. And while for some families the big once-in-a-lifetime experience is great, for others something low key is the way to go.

So, my dear sisters in the trenches, remember. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And who is tougher than the Jewish women of today?

People like to say that dirt isn’t chometz, but as Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky says, if dirt isn’t chometz, how can you tell? Besides, are you really going to take apart the whole closet and then not wipe it down before you put everything back? If you’re not going to clean the mess now, when will you?

It’s easy to get excited and start hunting for the perfect shade of champagne tablecloth to match the exact color of the bridesmaid dresses, or to insist that each guest must have a wine glass, water glass and soda glass.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/for-the-home/how-to-love-going-to-work-every-day/2013/01/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: