They say that the average person works about 90,000 hours in their life… that’s a lot of time spent slaving away on the hamster wheel of a 9-5 job.
So how is it that 80% of these people are dissatisfied with what they do for a living?
Sure, work is work, but it shouldn’t be something you dread every time your alarm goes off in the morning.
Whether you’re an employee or employer, here’s a couple ticks for making your workday a little more enjoyable and your hours on the clock a little less like a prison sentence.
If you do the math, those 90,000 hours come out to be the same as 11,250 days at the office.
Don’t you think you’re better off making the most out of those shifts?
Of course you are!
And not just from a “quality of life” standpoint either…
In fact, data shows that happiness is a magnet for success, meaning the better your mood, the more productive you’ll be throughout the day.
We both know this is easier said than done though, right?
You can’t just put a fake smile on your face and expect to burn through your to-do list in record time.
But some simple tweaks around your workspace can make all the difference.
Believe it or not, practicing proper posture can work wonders in terms of job enjoyment.
People naturally carry stress between their shoulders and throughout their spine.
So sitting hunched over like Quasimodo for hours on end has a tendency to build up unwanted tensions and negativity that’s sure to rub off on your work.
This is an easy fix though.
Simply stand up from your desk every hour or so to straighten out your back and get some blood flow going.
Trust me, it’s worth it. Especially when you consider the fact that sitting for more than 3 hours a day can cut as much as 2 years off your life expectancy!
If you’re up for going the extra mile, invest in an ergonomic chair that’s specifically designed for spinal support.
Research done by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reviewed these chairs and found that they promoted increases in productivity as well as a dramatic reduction in strain-related injuries and absenteeism.
Maybe you’re not lacking in this department though…
If so, there’s another trick to taking the edge off of the ole 9-5.
Interesting enough, the smell of your work environment plays a bigger role in happiness than you think.
Studies show that bad odor is not only distracting, but in some cases it can elicit emotions like anger and disgust.
Let’s just say these two feelings don’t go hand-in-hand with a good day of work.
But you can easily avoid ever having to deal with this by placing some sort of fragrance near your workspace.
Not only will this save you from having to take in those bad smells, but certain scents are scientifically proven to increase productivity.
A study done on typists found that 54% made fewer errors when they could smell lemon, 33% fewer with jasmine and 20% fewer with lavender.
So why not kill 2 birds with one stone and have a fresh smelling work area that puts you in the zone?
These are just a couple ways to help make those 90,000 hours on the clock a bit more worthwhile.
It may seem like an exaggeration, but proper posture and scents like lemon or jasmine can make a world of difference in terms of a better workday.