A study from the Mayo Clinic found that physicians who spend about 20 percent of their time doing “work they find most meaningful are at dramatically lower risk for burnout”. In other words, you don’t need to change everything about your job to reap the rewards – it’s about making little tweaks that result in a big difference over time.
We all know the adage, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. But what if we were to change the verb from ‘find’ to ‘create’? Think about the people you know that really thrive at work – are they doing the exact job they were hired for? Probably not. Instead, over time, they’ve figured out how to focus on what excites them and what they’re really good at, and do less of the tasks they really loathe and they’re not so great at.
Try this little exercise suggested by The New York Times: for the rest of the week, make a note of every single task you perform, no matter how big or small, and how it makes you feel. Do you love it or loathe it? Does it fill you with excitement or pure dread? It might seem silly, but this exercise will help you understand what really lights you up and makes you feel your most creative. That way, you can start to volunteer for more of the same which will, go some way to making you feel happier at work. It’ll also show you, quite clearly, if you’re doing a lot more loathing than loving. In which case, maybe handing in your notice is the answer you’ve been looking for.
So tell us, what do you love and loathe about your job? Hit reply and let us know – we’d love to hear from you.
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