Do you enjoy your work? The majority of us would say, “Sort of”, or “Sometimes.”
Most of us spend the majority of our time working. Whether it’s sitting at a desk, meeting with others, operating machinery, or one of works many other forms–it consumes most of our waking hours.
I’ll venture that no one enjoys every moment of every day, even those of us who love our work. Why is that? Two reasons are at the top of the list: the first is that everything includes tasks that we do not resonate with–cleaning brushes for an artist, edits for a writer, administrative work for a consultant, or scrubbing up for a surgeon.
The second reason is more pervasive–most of our society defines work as “laborious duty” rather than “meaningful action.” We’ve programmed ourselves to dislike anything associated with work. Does it really need to be this way? Why can’t work be a little more like sitting on a dock in the summertime?
For example I love to write and share my ideas. I usually look forward to the time I’ve scheduled to write my weekly newsletter. Yet I rarely work on it ahead of time, and there are days when I seriously think about skipping it, or sending a past issue like a TV rerun–because it’s work.
Then the minute I sit down at my computer (or take paper and pen in hand), the words flow and I am enjoying myself. Sometimes I have to battle a bit to stay focused on completing my article, but mostly I am happy and I always finish. Reminding myself that I love to write, or of the encouragement from my readers, really helps me to stay focused. But why do I struggle sometimes?
The difference in struggle vs. enjoyment is whether I think of the task as just a laborious duty, or part of my work–my life’s work of communicating and teaching. When I have the second mindset, I accomplish things more quickly and am happier. What’s really strange is that I used to be frustrated much of the time I was even doing things I enjoyed. I realized that my program was invading my happiness.
If you like the idea of talking about and practicing Creating Joyful Work and cannot get to the workshop in Hopkinton, MA–let me know if you think a webinar would be of interest! Click here to send me an email.
Do you Create Joyful Work? What practices do you use? Please share by commenting below!