Work Annoyance List
Make a list of the top 10 things that annoy you about your job – if you don’t have 10 things that’s wonderful. Your list might be as simple as your desk is a mess or as complicated as the lead management program you’re required to use is full of useless data. Then beside each annoyance write a C if it’s something you can control – like a messy desk, or a U if it’s something you can’t control – like your companies lead management program.
If the annoyance has a C by it you can fix it and take it off your list, or it might be addressed in future tips.
If the annoyance has a U by it that means it’s uncontrollable. You may be forced to find a work-around solution but you can’t change it. Therefore you need to:
- Quit complaining about it to your boss, co-workers and anyone else.
- If you must, find a work-around for it. You can discuss work-arounds with co-workers but only in a solution conversation.
- When you find yourself being annoyed by whatever you can’t control, think of puppies or kittens. It doesn’t do you any good to spend mental or emotional energy on something you can’t control – or change.
A key to being happier at work is to not waste time or energy on things that you can’t fix other than creating a work around. If you company does an annual survey where you can address it make a note to include it. Otherwise letting it go is the key to happiness.