Start Doing Work You Love, Part 2 of a 3 Part Series
Last week we talked about the intersection of interests, skills, and income potential and thinking of the unexpected when we were determining what sort of work we would love. If you missed the post or want a refresher you can read it here.
This week we are going to explore our feelings.
3. How do you Feel?
There are things you do that make you feel great. You lose track of time when you are doing them. You could get so lost in this activity that hours would pass, and you wouldn’t realize it.
There are also situations where you feel awful. No matter what else is involved, you will feel crummy after being in this situation. Being in these situations drain your energy so much that you feel worn out after you experience them.
Let’s break that down with one of my examples.
I get completely drained by being around crowds of people and loud noises. Even if it is a fun event like a party, I get worn out from the noise of conversations, loud music, and all the people I have to talk to that I feel like I need a nap once I get home.
So, I need to consider this as an important clue when I consider what my perfect work would be. I wouldn’t want to work in a big office with a team of chatty co-workers and a ton of cubicles with people walking around me while I am trying to work. It wouldn’t matter what the pay was, this situation would be a bad fit for me.
For other people, this could be the opposite.
They feel great when they’re in the middle of the action. They thrive when they’re working with a group and can banter with people and bounce ideas off one another. In fact, they would be bored and frustrated if they had to work all alone in an office all day.
They’d be so frustrated that they’d probably make excuses to get out of their office to chat with co-workers or neglect their work with too many trips to the break room or water cooler. This would be a bad situation for them to be in day after day.
You can see how being in situations that make us feel “off” can affect our work performance and our happiness level. Start to notice how you feel in situations. Look for ways you can get more of the “feel good” and less of the “feel bad” situations in your work.
How you feel matters.
But what matters most to you is also very important.
4. What Matters Most
What matters the most to you in life? Is it your family or making money or achievements? Could it be your faith, personal growth, or creativity? There will be more than one thing that matters to you; in fact, you will most likely have several things that matter a lot to you.
So think about what really matters the most. If your work conflicts with that, you will never be truly happy.
What if achievements have always driven you? Maybe you were the kid who had a shelf of trophies on your wall and your room had tons of medals and certificates displayed. If accomplishments are an important part of who you are and you’re in a dead-end job where they rarely give raises and promotions, you will never be truly happy.
If family is something you value highly and your job requires you to travel all week every week, you will eventually become frustrated when you’re missing all the important family events that come along.
Stop and think about what are the most important things to you and consider whether your current job allows you to experience them. If not, this is a big clue about what you need to look for in your work.
As you can see, how we feel and what we value are important parts of our work. Next week in the final part of our series, we are going to start to bring it all together.