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8 Easy Ways to Thrive at Work

Face it. You’re going to have good and bad days. Here’s how to make them mostly good.


Unless you’re born to Prince William and Princess Kate and/or have a huge trust fund, everybody has to work. For some, it’s a rights of passage. For others, it’s a means of survival. But both types of employees still have a thing or two to learn. Here’s a list of things you may want to consider to make the most of your job.

1.Be on Time and Be Prepared

8 Easy Ways to Thrive at WorkIf you need to clock in at 8:00, you shouldn’t be grabbing a bite of breakfast or taking a bathroom break at 7:59. Make sure that you take care of all personal matters far enough in advance so that you’re both on time and ready to work. Want to really make a good impression on your boss? Show up before him/her … even if it isn’t verbally acknowledged, it won’t go unnoticed.

2. Break the Routine

You HAVE to go to work everyday. Yes, we know, but if you feel like you’re stuck in a routine, then it’s about time that you change something. From the moment you wake up to the moment you lie back down, think of anything that you can add to enhance your day. Buy fresh flowers for your vase, call your mom, eat a fancy dinner with a friend, or go shopping. Squeeze it in your day and as a result, you’ll find a refreshing routine free of monotony.

8 Easy Ways to Thrive at Work

3. Dress for Success

As the old saying goes, dress for the job you want — not the one you have. This will not only boost your confidence, but also will show others that you take pride in your professional image. What’s also true is that when you look good, you feel good.

Whether you’re just starting or already have established your career, you have to come to an understanding that dressing up for work is important. When you walk into work, your outfit speaks to your boss before you do.

When you’re having a bad day, know that your choice of clothes can uplift you. Compare it to days when you didn’t think it was important to look like an executive. Your clothes dictate your mood and have an influence on how people act towards you. That’s why it’s important.

8 Easy Ways to Thrive at Work

Make your office space inspiring!

4. Be Inspired

Your workspace should be inspirational. I’m not saying that it should move mountains, but it should make you act towards your goals. So dress up your desk to your preference and always have something that will remind you what you’re working for. You can post a picture of a place you’d want to visit, your favorite quote, your family, or anything that makes you smile! You may even want to fill a candy dish with your favorite treats. Just be sure to keep your desk tidy, professional, and conducive for work.

5. Stay Active

Looking the part goes beyond what you’re wearing; not slouching while you’re on your seat is also important. Appear active when you’re in the office. Be alert so that you don’t miss any detail, whether it’s on a proposal you’re working on or just a casual discussion between you and your colleagues. You don’t want to be known as the one who dozed off, right?

8 Easy Ways to Thrive at Work

6. Happy + Healthy Foods Help

Working on an empty stomach just sounds like a recipe for disaster. Not only should you eat substantial meals before and during the workday, but also healthy ones. Instead of eating a bag of potato chips for a midday snack, consider sliced apples or a handful of almonds. This will keep you energized as you go through a long, tough day.

7. Be in the Know

You may have undergone heated arguments with bosses and colleagues alike while inside the boardroom, but keep in mind that you should stay cordial, positive, and most of all, professional with them while you all work for the same company. In doing so, you’ll be in the loop of things. You stay on top when it comes to important happenings in the office and you maintain working relationships with colleagues, making them respect you for handling disagreements well. They will know that you’re a professional, and they will value your opinions on various matters in the company.

Surviving in the workplace is tricky. Whether you’re in a corporate setting or not, politics is a game that often must be played.

8 Easy Ways to Thrive at Work

Don’t let yourself get down!

8. Don’t Be a Baby!

Face it. There are times when you’re going through the crappiest days at work, but there are also days when you find yourself celebrating with your colleagues over champagne for deals closed and more. Understand the fact that it’s nature for any working individual that there are high and low points in one’s career. When going through the low ones though, what you need to do is to pull yourself together and have the spirit to hold on to things and not be a baby. Doing so gives way to personal growth and if you stick it out longer, upper management may just provide you with the ways to professionally grow in the company. When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Surviving in the workplace is tricky. Whether you’re in a corporate setting or not, politics is a game to be played. You may get burned in any number of instances, but practicing a few simple things like the ones listed above can save you from catching fire without anyone’s help.

Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what’s interesting to them.

Reader Discussion: 11 Comments

  1. Alena Martin

    I decorated my office desk with lots of inspiration. I put our family picture and my goals in life. It helps me to gain strength at work.

  2. Juli Woods

    My advice is to keep your record clean. Being late too often will reflect on your overall performance, and I bet you don’t want to have a bad record. Keep the long-term future in mind.

  3. Lusi Martin

    I can’t even think when my stomach is empty. I hate being hungry, that’s why I always have chips in my drawer to conquer the hunger.

  4. Jeni Morgan

    I used to skip breakfast every time I go to work. I always feel tired even though the day is just starting, and when I started eating breakfast, I feel energetic. Eating breakfast is a very important meal of the day.

  5. Arlen Given

    Dress impressively, because it will reflect on you. I hate women who dress like a hoe inside the office just to seek attention from other men.

  6. Quin Meri

    Staying active? That’s a difficult task. Lol. I don’t know why, but my body isn’t that active while at work. I feel sleepy and lazy. Lol

  7. You have to mix up with your co-workers. Your workplace is like your 2nd home, so you have to mix up with them. Be the friendly co-worker.

  8. Randie Cadiogan

    Honestly, it’s hard to stay active at work all the time. So I make sure to have health finger foods like oatmeal cookies or almonds in my pocket. I munch on them every time I feel sleepy at work…. it works 🙂

  9. Hannah Mayers

    Among the tips presented, two are most outstanding for me. Basically because the time I started my life in the corporate world, I faithfully adhered to them: Being on time and dressing professionally. 

    In my workplace, I have observed the reason for office rumors are: 1.) If colleagues come late (always late) and 2.) If they are wearing inappropriate clothes.

    I don’t want to be the center of attention (or should I say center of gossips) that’s why I really make sure to do these.

  10. Breaking routines by fitting a fun activity into the day is a great idea! I definitely struggle if things get too monotonous. Thanks for the tips 🙂

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