Are you feeling stuck at work? Uninspired? Bored? Tired of the same routine or worse, fed up with your coworkers? That feels terrible. You know what is even worse? There are people doing the same or similar jobs as you, and they are having more fun.
That’s right: People are having more fun than you at work!
And now, the good news! You can have more fun at work. Yes, you can. No, you don’t have to quit or leave or change anything. Really.
It’s time for you to slowly start to take your power back and take responsibility for the way your day plays out. Have a little more fun tomorrow. I’ve got eight ideas to get you started.
#1: Learn a few puns
Have you heard of the “bad pun dog”? Google that dog immediately! Learn a few puns. Then, drop one into your next work day. Here are a few of my favorites:
“I’m scared of cats. I don’t know why. They just freak meowt. Seriously, I’m not kitten.”
“I used to work at an orange juice factory. I got canned. I couldn’t concentrate.”
“It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs. They always take things literally.”
#2: Develop a catch phrase
Do you have to respond to routine requests? Convey the same kind of news over and over? Next time, use a catch phrase. Develop a signature style. Or steal one. Like Kramer’s exit line. When wrapping up a phone call with a coworker, say, “Bede bede bede, that’s all, Joan.” Or instead of saying, “Do you want to take a coffee break?” start saying, “Do you want to go walk my cat? Seriously. I’m not kitten.”
#3: Develop a signature style
Start wearing something new to work. Start doing something different with your hair. Start wearing all blue over and over. Every day, all blue. Or wear a bow tie. Try a new shade of eye shadow. Push the limit a little. See if you can earn a new nickname, blue boo!
#4: Do something different to your workspace
Spice up that desk. Put a bowl of weird candy on it. One that doesn’t taste very good. Make everyone try your weird candy. Get little boxes of nerds. If people eat them, say, “Nerds for the nerd!” and laugh hysterically. Get a box of chocolates. Whenever anyone eats one, say, “Isn’t life just like a box of chocolates?” Hide the map to the chocolates. No one will know what they are going to get.
#5: Play a nice practical joke on someone
Slip a picture from Pinterest under someone’s door. Hand write a little funny note and leave it on their desk. Write a little poem and slip it under someone’s door: “Roses are red, violets are blue, I drank your coffee, ate your sandwich too!” Awww! How fun! Simple. Silly. Sinister.
#6: Pick a line from a song and work it into your day
Try to say song lyrics, naturally, in the course of your day. In the staff meeting, say, “I don’t think we should ever stop believing. We should hold onto that feeling.” Pick increasingly weird song lyrics. Then, start making up songs about your day. Simply change the lyrics of famous songs!
“People get ready, there’s a staff meeting coming, make all your copies, and prepare to be bored. People get coffee, get your smart phones all charged up, we’re eating free bagels, thank the lord.”
#7: Ask yourself, “How could this be more fun?”
This is one of my favorite questions of all time. Anytime, in any day, stop and ask yourself, “How could this be more fun?” Whatever you do, especially things you do over and over, ask yourself, “How can I make this more fun?”
Beautiful, gorgeous, funny reader: Life can be a little more fun. You can add a little more fun to your day tomorrow. Try it. Of course, we are all always going to have bad days. But, like autocorrect always says, you don’t have to put up with that shirt.
Loving you out there! Have more fun at work.