MAKE YOUR WORK more enjoyable and productive with the following methods from the Worksection of Self-Help Stuff That Works

The Trouble With Troublemakers

When you work with a troublemaker, it is upsetting. There is something you can do about it without getting embroiled.

Just Keep Planting

Is your goal important but difficult? Here's a little encouragement from Utah.

Unnatural Acts

Learn how to improve the general mood-atmosphere at your place of work.

Work is Good Therapy

When you're doing your work in the right way, it can be powerfully therapeutic.

Burn Your Own BTUs

What is more fun: Things that require the expenditure of resources like material and electricity and gas? Or self-powered activities?

The Spirit of the Games

Competition doesn't have to be an ugly affair. In fact, from at least one perspective, it is the finest force for good in the world.

Do You Want to Give Up?

Achieving goals is sometimes difficult. When you feel discouraged, check out this chapter. There are three things you can do to make the achievement of your goals more likely.

A Terrible Thing to Waste

Some tasks are just plain boring and yet they have to be done. Washing the dishes, for example. Learn how to make the tasks more fun.

Life is a Meditation...

Here is a way to turn your daily life into a fulfilling, peace-inducing meditation.

Forbidden Fruits

This is a simple technique to allow you to get more done without relying on time- management or willpower.

Use What You Get

Here's a technique to use when you're having a hard time accomplishing your goals because other people seem to interfere with you.

A Lasting State of Feeling Great

Comfort and luxury are not the chief requirements of life. Here's what you need to really feel great.

Zoning Out

If your job is too stressful or too boring, there is something practical you can do about it.

Getting Paid to Meditate

How to turn your job into a spiritual discipline.

Time Management Made Simple

Complicated instructions or information only makes things more difficult. Read about one simple principle that can easily make you more efficient.

Envision it Done

When you tend to put things off that you know you ought to do, this is the chapter for you.

As Good as Gold

The one fundamental principle that makes things happen.

Personality Counts

The active development of one's personality is not just for salespeople and shopkeepers.


If you want more respect from the people you work with, here's the way to earn it.

Sometimes You Shouldn't Listen

If you have a friend who is pursuing a difficult goal and your friend's family members are trying to talk her out of it, have her read this.

Be More Energetic

Feeling lethargic? Although it will take an act of will, there is something you can do about it right now.

How to Earn More Money

Simple, practical ways of increasing your income over time.

You Create Yourself

We all fall victim to our circumstances and our biology and our upbringing now and then. But it doesn't have to be that way as often.

An Island of Order in a Sea of Chaos

If you are a manager or a parent, it behooves you to learn to create self- discipline in people. Check this out.

Taking Credit

A good principle of human relations is don't brag, but if you internalize this too thoroughly, it can make you feel that your efforts are futile.

Make It Happen

Aggressiveness is the cause of a lot of trouble in the world, but it is also the source of much good.

American Reading Ceremony

Experience a few moments of peace, anytime, anywhere.

Play the Game

Here's a way to make your work more enjoyable.

Vocabulary Raises

One way to be promoted at work and succeed on the job may seem entirely unrelated to your actual tasks or purpose at work.

Speedy Reading

Three simple techniques for improving your reading speed.

Thousand-Watt Bulb

How to enjoy your work more, ultimately get paid more, and feel more secure on the job.

The Samurai Effect

Make your boss a great person to work for.

The Shortest Distance

The classic method of solving problems.

Dale Carnegie, who wrote the famous book
How to Win Friends and Influence People,
left a chapter out of his book. Find out what he meant to say but didn't
about people you cannot win over:
The Bad Apples

An extremely important thing to keep in mind is that
judging people will harm you. Learn here how to prevent
yourself from making this all-too-human mistake:
Here Comes the Judge


The art of controlling the meanings you're making is an important skill to master. It will literally determine the quality of your life. Read more about it in:
Master the Art of Making Meaning

What if you already knew you ought to change and in what way?
And what if that insight has made no difference so far? Here's how
to make your insights make a difference:
From Hope to Change

Here's a way to deal with conflict without getting angry,
and coming to good solutions:
The Conflict of Honesty


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Staff, H. (2008, November 20). Work, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 29 from

Last Updated: March 31, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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