Thursday, January 27, 2011

Guest Post: Don't Let Gloomy Weather Keep You Down at Work

Once in a while we get a guest post submitted to this blog, but I don't think any of them have been as timely for us New Yorkers as this post on gloomy weather. So when you wake up this morning and see all the snow out there, you'll want to read through this post. This guest post is contributed by Alisa Gilbert, who writes on the topics of bachelors degree. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: Thanks to Alisa for this great post!
Sometimes the dead of winter can make for some terribly gloomy weather when we leave for work. Nothing makes a commute more frustrating than having to drive through heavy rain and cold weather knowing that all you'll do is sit at work in a grumpy mood. Even worse is when you get caught in the rain walking to the office and you don't have a change of clothes! In any case, bad weather can often ruin the mood at the workplace, affecting both productivity and people's spirits. For those bad weather days, you have to try to come up with some ways to stay cheery. Hopefully these five tips can help you.

Shake it Out

If you find yourself sitting at work stewing in a foul mood, then maybe you should consider getting up and moving around. You may not be able to take a walk outside, so instead do walk through the office, maybe stop for coffee or a soda, and recharge you energy. Moving around gets blood flowing throughout your body, and as a result, it can be enough to shift you into a better mood.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

On your walk around the office, consider trying to have some chats with your co-workers and friends, especially those who are characteristically cheery people. The social interaction will help distract you from your inner frustration; hopefully, some of their cheer can rub off on you. The energy of the social interaction will help prime your pump to be productive and get your next project done.

Add Color to Your Cubicle

If you know the weather is going to be terrible, then you should consider trying to brighten up your workspace. A freshly cut flower, a bowl of candy, even a photo of yourself on a beach far away can help lighten the mood in your office. Just a little splash of color can be enough to rest your eyes.

Do Some Busy Work

At some point, your gloom will really affect productivity. If this is the case and you find yourself having trouble getting your main work accomplished, then you should consider trying to switch gears and work on something that has lower stakes for you. Consider de-cluttering your workspace or organizing your files. If you have another project that has some rote, mindless task that goes with it, try to get that out of the way. These kinds of activities can actually be very calming and ease your frustrations.

Look at the Bigger Picture

Finally, if you feel your mood dropping, then you should take a moment to sit back and think about the bigger picture here. One day of bad weather is a drop in the proverbial bucket when it comes to your projects and what you need to accomplish for your job. Don't let one day get in your way. Take control of your attitude.

1 comment:

  1. Grea posting! This post is really helpful for me. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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