The SpongeBob Squarepants Guide to Job Satisfaction

It seems that most people don’t enjoy their work. Maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you dread going to work everyday. How much do you hate your job? Let us count the ways:

  • Your job is boring
  • Your boss is demanding
  • You don’t get paid enough

If that sounds like you then it’s probably time to find the work that you love. Until then, you need to find a way to love the work you already do. Or at least like it a lot more. You may wonder how you can possibly do that. Let’s take notes from a well-known expert on job satisfaction by the name of SpongeBob Squarepants. SpongeBob is always happy at work and you can be too, here’s how:

Get up, get out and get right to it

Hop out of bed in the morning and get right to it. That’s right, hop out of bed. Literally. You’d be surprised at how much energy you get from doing that. When your alarm clock goes off in the morning, get up right away. Do not hit the snooze button. Do not  lay in bed for “just a few more minutes.” Not even if you’re wide awake with your eyes open. Get up and get moving immediately.

You’ll find yourself feeling more powerful to start the day. Don’t give yourself enough time to lay there and think about how you’d prefer to stay in bed. This keeps negativity from creeping into your head first thing in the morning. You have to start the day with the right mental breakfast.

Psyche yourself up and empower yourself

You’ve got to say the right words to yourself to motivate yourself. Talk to yourself and charge your battery up. That’s right. Talk to yourself. Out loud. Not loud enough for other people to hear. (We don’t want you to be hauled off to the asylum in a straitjacket.)

There’s power in hearing your own voice giving positive commands. Especially if you’re looking yourself in the eye. Get in front of the mirror and say all the things you like love about your job. (Just like in this video.) SpongeBob on his way to work chants repeatedly “I’m ready. I’m ready.” Trust me, by the time he gets to work, he’s ready.

Tell yourself that you have the power to meet every challenge that comes your way today. Say that you can do it. That you will do it. That no one can do it better. Say “I’m ready! I’m ready!”

It may feel silly at first but it works.

Fake it ’til you make it

The key to start feeling happy at work is to start acting happy. Ask yourself how a person would act if they loved your job. How they would walk and talk. How they would react to your everyday situations. Then do exactly what you think that person would do.

It doesn’t matter if you really are excited, just act excited. Smile. Greet people with gusto. Move with more speed than usual. Act like you have the most important, interesting job in the world.

Don’t worry about being phony. Never think about how you don’t feel inspired. If you wait until you actually feel excited to act excited, it will never happen. It’s like they say: It’s easier to act your way into feeling than to feel your way into acting.

Act like a highly productive and happy person at work. Keep that up daily for about 3 weeks and you’ll notice a difference. You’ll start feeling happy instead of just pretending.

Aim for excellence everyday

SpongeBob tries to make the perfect patty for each and every customer. Whatever the “patty” is that you do at your job, do it to the best of your ability. It’s easy to explain how this increases your happiness at work.

When you do your best you feel a sense of accomplishment. At the end of the day you can look at your work and be filled with pride. Even if your work isn’t something physical that you build, you still feel satisfaction.

This helps you to feel good about yourself. After you leave work, you’ll still be energized instead of feeling drained. You’ll sleep better at night.

Making it all work

If you want to feel better at work, put it all together. Get up right away in the morning. Psyche yourself up by talking to yourself.  Act happy. See your job as important and do your best work.

Please share any other ways you can think of to be happier at work.

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