A LOT OF QUESTIONS
Are you happy with your work?
Do you feel fulfilled?
Are you well appreciated?
These are some of the questions we ask ourselves when we talk about work. No matter how excellent you are at it, you may not always be appreciated or rewarded for what you do.
Don’t get me wrong, I know there are tons of people who love their job – including myself, but we can’t deny that there are times when we feel stuck and unsuccessful at what we do. This is perfectly normal! There will come a time when our job becomes so mundane that we feel it’s not fun anymore, we feel like we are not contributing or we feel like it’s not for us.
So how do I deal with it?
It all comes down to this – fulfillment! At the end of the day, I want to be fulfilled. I want to be appreciated and rewarded for the hard work I put in. But at the same time, I also want to build a life outside of work – It’s a lot to handle and it’s exhausting! I believe, in order for me to balance work, family, fun and social life – I must appreciate every aspect of what I do – and that includes work!
Work is important. It may not be the most important thing in your life but it sure is one of everyone’s top 10 list.
In my 10 years working and meeting new people, this list grew from 2 to 10!! As I learn, I update my list based on what I experienced and how it helped me.
For now, I have come up with these..
I am responsible for my life! I either change what I don’t want or face it head-on. If I can’t help changing something immediately, then I just have to find a way to deal and be responsible for it. I make the most of what I have right now at this moment. A proper mindset is the key!
I motivate myself
A positive mindset works wonders. I think about how my work has helped me on daily basis. How it helped me get through tough times and how it gave me a better life. The number of times it made me appreciate and enjoy the more important things in life. How it will help me save for my future plans. It is helpful to think of all the times your work helped you achieved something. It makes you appreciate it more.
An organized mess is simply – a mess! Trust me, it will not help you. To organize is to make a daily task easier. So I organize properly. I make a to-do list early in the morning. Prioritize my tasks – finish the easiest and simplest tasks first and then move up to those that are time-consuming. This way it will be easier to complete tasks and enables me to tick all of the items on my list faster. I always take note of what I need to do FIRST and work on it! Makes my day a productive one.
Finish one thing at a time! I try not to get distracted and worry about other stuff when I am working on a project. Yes, it’s okay to take a breather – I recharge and then get back on it! I concentrate on the task at hand. This way I can produce quality work and finish it in a timely manner.
I take a break
The most important part of working is to take a break. If you reset – this will help you de-stress a little and straighten your thoughts. This process gives me the boost I need to finish tasks and even do more! Do not forget that rest is also part of working. You need to recharge your body and mind in order to be at your best when you go back to work. Think about it as rebooting your system.
I ask for help or I delegate
Some people think that asking for help or delegating is a sign of weakness. I assure you it’s not! This helps makes the job easier. There is no shame on that! However, a lot of times, this process gets abused. So be careful. It’s always helpful if you recognize both yours or your team’s strong and weak points. Do not forget that delegating is part of the workflow. A team effort is ALWAYS a good effort!
I try to be pleasant
I have learned this the hard way. For years, I wasn’t happy with my work and not because I didn’t like it, but because I was misunderstood. This fueled a lot of hearsay and gossips. I didn’t know how to handle it that time and I think I made it worst. I learned my lesson and vowed, “Never Again”.
So this I tell you-you have to make your workplace pleasant and enjoyable. Treat your co-workers well and with respect. Do not participate in office gossips and try not start trouble! End it if you must! Try not to associate with negative people and refrain from them. If you give good insights and project positive attitude then people will respect you, this, in turn, will make your work enjoyable and bearable.
I try to be transparent
Be sure to clarify to your manager or boss what you can contribute to the company. This will help the team assign tasks that will work best with your skill sets. It’s not enough to just know your strong and weak points, you also need to be transparent with it. This will help you land a job that you like and you’re good at, thus making every workday enjoyable.
I review my workday
Before my day is done, I review. I check my to-do list and see if I missed anything, if I did, then I do it first thing tomorrow. It is okay if you can’t finish everything in one sitting – just make sure you can finish it before the deadline. It will be easier to switch off your “work” side and turn on your “me” side. I don’t ever have to worry about work if I made sure I did everything that needs to be done before I clock out – more time for me to enjoy the rest of my evening.
Keep your life in check!
Remind yourself: your life is not just your work. There is so much more out there. Work is just part of it. Do not make your work the only fulfilling thing in your life. Go out! Have fun! Enjoy the life outside of your desk. Volunteer! Create! Love! There is a bigger brighter picture of life out there!
Enjoy your work! You don’t have to dedicate your life to it, you just have to make space for it. If in the long run, you decide this job is not for you, you can always pack up, move and find other career paths. But for the meantime – enjoy what you do!
Do you enjoy your what you do?
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