5 Ways To Appreciate Your Current Job

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.

Yesterday, we had a meeting with our Big Boss regarding the employees’ satisfaction with our company and although the scores given were way better that last year’s, it still amazes me that there were a number of people not satisfied with what we have here. I mean, I can’t blame them if they feel that way but it got me thinking; is it the company, or is it them?

For me, no matter how good things are in other parts of your life such as family, social life, and relationships, our job is a major part and is as important. The job that you have right now might not be your dream job, but this is the job that we chose and it is just right to take care of it, appreciate it, and make the most out of it. Appreciation is probably the best way to deal with dissatisfaction and there are a number of things you can do to begin loving the job that you currently do.

Thousands applied, you were chosen.

I always take a look back at the time when I was at the receiving area waiting for my final interview. It was probably one of the most memorable moments of my career life, waiting. But sometimes, I also try to imagine the number of people who were rejected for the same position I was applying for. It must be so sad to walk away from the building with nothing and some of them might still not have jobs until today. That alone is something we should think about it.

Your lifestyle now might not be the same if not for it.

Well, I’m living quite comfortable because of my current job. I can buy a shirt or two from time to time, eat out during my weekends off, I can buy a frappuccino at Starbucks, and can travel the Philippines during holidays. Well all do right? Our jobs provided us with all of these things and I’m sure that if we quit our jobs, our lives would look very different.

The friends and relationships you gained.

Before, I have this mind set of “I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to just work.” which in the long run changed my perspective in creating relationships in the office. I found a number of good friends in my current workplace and they are very dear to me. Also, I maintained a strong professional relationship with my office mates and now, I feel confident that when I need help I can always have someone to ask. Besides, at the end of the day, we all need to work together. Just imagine how hard it is to start over and build new relationships again in a new company.

Safe work environment

I’m so thankful that my current company takes safety very seriously. It was annoying at first but when you think about it, it helps you inject that safety mindset in your own life or your own household. We should always feel lucky to have been working in a safe office building. Someone cleans our desks for us, guards our premises 24/7, and we even have our own taxi bay carefully inspected before we even hop in! You just have to realize that some people work in the most dangerous environment and you should feel so lucky.

It’s not your job, it’s you.

Finally, as what my boss said, “it all boils down to the person’s character”. Sometimes, we need to ask ourselves: “Is it the job, or is it me?” We need to figure out what we can’t change and just deal with it. On the other hand, we should start looking at the things that we can control, change it and learn from it. Looking at your current job in a different perspective really helps. It not only helps you appreciate your job, but it also develops your character and your sense of maturity.  

It is very easy to hate your job. However, as soon as you realize the things that it gives you, the people that you have around you, and the way it makes you feel how lucky you are, you start to think differently.

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Staying Positive in the Workplace

Hey guys! Still remember me? It’s been I while since I wrote something here. So to make up for the lost time, I have a long one for you. Haha!

Life in the office isn’t perfect. That’s a fact.

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I mean it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, colored and scented office paperclips and unlimited coffee. There will be times when everything will not go your way. It could be a lot of things, a very difficult task, sudden changes, or even a co-worker who’s very hard to work with. Challenges and changes in the workplace will always be there and sometimes, there’s nothing we can do about it. These things can fill the room with negative vibes.

We are human beings and its okay to be upset. It is normal. But still, negative moods can be hurtful to productivity in the workplace and can rub off on your fellow co-workers. Even so, I still believe that it’s not what happens around you, but how you react to it. In short, you are always in control of your mood and how you deal with it.

Here are some of my tips on how to stay positive in the workplace.

Focus – It’s very hard to do. I know, I know, you will always hear someone complaining, whining, or yelling. But the first thing that you can do is to start within you and not lose your focus. I always put on my earphones and listen to music while working whenever I hear people whining. I also create a “What I Have Accomplished List” and check each task one by one. One (crazy) other thing I do is I treat every call/task as an acting job so I try my best to do my best performance! Hahaha!

Try to understand other people’s feelings and SHUT UP – A good friend of mine once told me that when things get rough, silence is the best thing that you can do. We all have different problems to deal with and not everyone deals with it the same way we do. So whenever I can sense that someone is having a bad day, I always give them some space and time. If I need to talk to them, I do it in a very professional manner and I avoid (trying my hardest) commenting on what they are going through. Sometimes, they do not need our thoughts. Respect others, and others will respect you.

Reach out to Others – Isolating yourself from your co-workers is non-sense. Before, all I can think of is the people I personally know, and then I realized that at one point I will need to work with others. Work will be easier if we have a good support system since not all tasks can be done alone. Also, you can learn so many good practices from others. So make your corporate circle bigger, reach out, and engage people. Helped and you will be helped.

Take a break – Sometimes all I need is a step back away from my desk to regain my sanity and keep myself going throughout the day. So I always make use of my schedule breaks. I go to the pantry for a coffee break. Sometimes I visit friends at their workstation to chit-chat or share a good laugh. Often times I listen to mellow music just to keep my mind refreshed and calm. Forcing yourself to finish something won’t get the job done. *You can also sing even if you can’t. That can drive away negative vibes because I’m sure your office mates will laugh at you*

Start within yourself. Then spread positivity – Attitude is everything. Always ask yourself ‘Am I negative?” If you cannot find positivity around you, the best thing to do is to start within you, and then SPREAD IT! I make it a point to give out compliments (that I really mean) like “I like your dress”, or “you really helped me today, thank you”. You can also share some good laughs with your teammates by cracking jokes. Or simply smile at a stranger inside the elevator or the hallway. It’s not being plastic. Who doesn’t want a peaceful environment? And besides you’ll never know, that stranger will help you with your hardest task one day.

See, it just goes to show that we cannot find positivity somewhere, but it should start from each of us. At the end of the day, it is us who are in control of what’s happening around you. Positive thinking and a positive attitude can create positive results.

20 Things I Learned About Life In 2012

NOTE: I actually wrote this while on a plane bound for Boracay last December 31, 2012 at around 2:30 PM. I got no internet on the plane so I posted late.

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There are a lot of things I learned this year about life. I have been very blessed to get those learnings from close friends, family, partner, co workers and even TV shows that I love to watch. So before I start this, I wanna thank all the people who somehow touched my life in 2012 for I sure learned a lot from them. Good or bad.

This 2012, I learned that……………………………….

1. Not everyone will like you or will even judge you. That’s ok. What they think about us is none of our business.

2. You don’t have to be beside your boyfriend/girlfriend all the time. They have their own life too. Remember that you are both individuals.

3. Do not sweat the small stuff.

4. If you don’t have problems, don’t start looking for one.

5. Mind your own business. Train your self not to care with other people’s affairs.

6. Being alone sometimes is a good thing. Like going to the mall, dining alone, shopping alone. It makes you think about your life as an individual.

7. Do not gossip. Or if you really can’t avoid it, try to do it with discretion. XOXO 😀

9. Love your parents. We are so busy growing up that we also forget that they are growing old.

10. Kids in your family will grow up – fast. Hug and kiss them. As much as you can. Before you know it, you wont even find their shadows.

11. Always look at both sides of the story.

12. Give more compliments to other people. May it be what their wearing or any small stuff. It might be what they need at the moment.

13. Face your problems, do not Facebook them. Treat your issues, do not Tweet them.

14. Keep your circle small. Less drama.

15. Take care of your health. Stay in shape. Its important.

16. Know when to be silent. Sometimes its the best thing to do. Shutting up will save you.

17. Love your job. It keeps your life going. It may not be the one that you have dreamed of but its what you have right now. Thousands will kill for your position.

18. Friends doesn’t need to be together all the time. They have their own lives and moments too and sometimes you don’t need to be a part of it. Togetherness does not justify friendship. Based on my personal experience, hanging out is more genuine and special when you have been apart for quite sometime. (Texting and calling is ok if you guys can’t meet)

19. Spoil yourself once in a while. You deserve to have the things that you want. There’s nothing wrong about that.

20. Surround yourself with smart and happy people. This is your life and you are the driver of your car on the road to fulfillment and happiness. Choose the people in your circle wisely. Life is a journey and we don’t travel alone. Its just a matter of who you are bringing to your trip.

Don 🙂

5 Things To Help You Mind Your Own Business

With all the things that we see everyday, people we encounter and things that we hear or read, its very hard not to judge or mind. But believe it or not I’m trying my best not to. Its hard, but I always try to look at things at a different perspective.

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I don’t know the whole story. Most of the time, what we see or hear is just one part. Remember the “Amalayer” incident? we just saw the scene when the student is yelling at the lady security guard. How about the rest of the story? How did it start? Its very simple, if we have not seen or heard both sides, we should stay out of it.

No one asked for my point of view. We all have something to say. We are not robots. But even if we know that we are right and no one asked for our insights and especially when we don’t have something good to say, we should keep our thoughts to ourselves.

Other’s happiness might not be my type of happiness. Its very easy to judge a person based on what makes him happy. But we should always remember that we all have different levels of happiness. Checking in at a coffee shop on Foursquare might not be your thing but it may for others. Its just all about respecting our differences.

It doesn’t affect me. As long as you are not involved in whatever they are doing or saying and if no amount of your time and energy was used, you should not be affected. Stay in your place.

Its their lives, not mine. Very simple. Its their speech, their ways, their rules and in the end, their responsible for it. Most of the time, it is better to focus on your own life that be stressed out with others’.

I haven’t read the bible but I found this very nice verse on the internet.

“And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.”1 Thessalonians 4:11