Do you jump out of bed in the morning excited to start work? Or are you hitting the snooze button continuously until you have to get up? If you enjoy and love what you do for a living then that could be you skipping to work. But my key question for you is: Can you love your job every single day? I am a little sceptical – surely the skipping phase stops after a while…
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job as a Career Ringmaster – it’s fun, I help people to maximise their potential and it is really rewarding but there are also those ‘dull days’ where I dread having to go to work because I know I have a mountain of paperwork and invoices to deal with. So is there such a thing as loving your career entirely? Warts and all? Every. Single. Day.
No, I don’t believe there is! But you can certainly swing the balance to have more ‘career love’ than ‘career hate’ within your career and below I have listed some tricks of the trade on how to do just that. Try them out and let me know how you get along:
– Know what you like and what you don’t like. Sounds simple but have you figured out yet what tasks you enjoy and which get you angry, moody or stressed?
– The things you like and enjoy doing try and do more of. Stick your hand up first in team meetings and make it known to your boss you like doing these tasks so they always think of you first.
– The things you hate and don’t enjoy doing try and get rid of from your task list – is there another team member who enjoys doing these tasks – can you do a swap? Or if you really have to do them get them done first thing and have a donut as your reward!
– Surround yourself with people you enjoy working with, find your work buddies that you can have banter with in the kitchen. If you are a freelancer or self-employed why not hot-desk or go to a co-working space for a day.
– Get some green energy and zen – make your desk and work environment clutter free and a ‘zen’ place to work maybe even put a plant on your desk or a funny photo on your pin board that makes you smile.
– Make sure you get the work/life balance right and don’t do overtime for the sake of it or if it isn’t necessary. Take lunch breaks with friends & plan exciting holidays/things to do with your time off from work with friends and family for some R&R.
– Compliment your colleagues when they do things well – spread the love! Bring in the cakes when the team does well and raise the morale with a sugar high!
– Reward and celebrate your personal work achievements and ask for feedback from your manager on how you are doing. Keep progressing and moving forwards – boosting your confidence, self-esteem and career ambitions.
If after doing all of the above you still don’t ‘love what you do for a living’ then maybe you need to consider a Career Change and changing to a job role and industry which is more aligned to your strengths, interests and motivations. Life is too short to do a job you hate.