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The ideal is that you have a job you are passionate about; to be in a place where you absolutely love your job. You have probably read all the saying and quotable quotes…
Do your most passionate work.
If you wake up each morning and you are not excited about your work, quit.
Sadly, not many people have the luxury of pursuing our passion and working on jobs we are passionate about, not when you need to pay bills and take care of the children. However, you do not need to wake up each morning dreading your job. There is a way out. Even if you do hate your job, you can get excited about it and learn to love it.
Rachel Yahne is a writer who knows what it’s like to be in a job you absolutely detest…well, maybe that is too strong a word – she did not like her job. Realizing how energy sapping it was, she learnt to love her job and she shares how. (You can get her book, Lifestyle Guide to Happiness and Self-Esteem available on Amazon)
Tips to Love Your Job Again
One of the biggest reasons that our work becomes tedious rather than enjoyable is because it bleeds into the rest of our lives. This is especially true in jobs that are highly stressful, have deadline-based projects, or require a lot of research or creativity. It might seem productive to bring your work home with you, or offer your weekend hours to your Monday presentation, but such habits are having the opposite affect, at least on your heart. Compartmentalizing your work will allow you to further develop the rest of your life, and bring a clear head and heart to the office. So when the work day is done, offer a short meditation before you leave the office, so you can leave feeling fresh. Turn off your smart phone when you get home, vow not to visit work-related applications or websites while off the clock. This does require that you make your work hours more productive, but by not working outside of work, you’ll get the rest you need to be energized, and get more done while you’re there! The most effective tips to love your job again require that you make your job your job, your life your life.Proper boundaries will include mental, physical, and emotional limitations. In whatever way works for you, set boundaries so you can balance your work and life. That includes banning stress and worrying about tomorrow from your pre-sleep routine!
Learn a New Skill Outside of Your Job
It will blow you mind what a little self-development can do for your work life. If you have a project, skill, hobby, or extra-curricular activity you’ve been meaning to try, a slump in work dedication is the perfect time. It doesn’t matter if the activity relates to your work, it will still benefit you by sharpening your mental skills and expanding your creativity and imagination. Photography, for example; learning this new skill will open you up to new perspectives, and seeing new details, which can help you in the office to think up new solutions. Calligraphy, cooking, painting, dancing, anything works! It’s important to remain a student of life, to follow your curiosity, and to be continually open to new ideas and thoughts.This is especially important if your work has started to feel mundane. Expanding your mind and creativity will help you start expanding beyond your current job in ways that can help you feel excited about new challenges. It might be just what you need to present a new idea, product or protocol change that could transform your entire company.
Find the Need You Fill
It’s easy to lose sight of what we’re doing and why, when the drudgery of everyday responsibility sets in. Your bosses needs, your long office hours, your corporate commitments; it can be hard to see the result of your work in the real world. So take a day, an afternoon, even just an hour to get out and reconnect with the impact your work makes. Maybe that means getting away from the desk for a day and visiting the families you work for, or going to the businesses you consult for to see what the customer experience is like. It will be different in every field, but if you’ve been feeling trapped, a trip to the other side of your job can make a huge difference. It can also help you recommit to the intentions you started this job with.
Rachael is a writer, blogger, cancer survivor and the author of HerAfter.com, a women’s site about conscious and stylish living. After years as a fashion journalist, she now writes women’s lifestyle articles about life, love, style, and thriving after surviving not just cancer, but all of life’s big battles. Catch up with her on Twitter ( @RachaelYahne ) and read more of her work on her website, and in her new ebook, Her Happier, Healthier After — A Women’s Guide to Building Happiness and Self-Esteem