Posted December 02, 2016 by

Three ideas for finding meaning at your job

1680350Guest writer Jacob Merkley

Work can sometimes be stressful, challenging, or perhaps even downright boring.  For some, it is hard to find reasons to get up in the morning and go to work.  For others, being at work means long hours of doing something you just don’t “love”.

You don’t need to feel depressed about work when you wake up in the mornings, nor do you need to just work to get a paycheck.  No matter how you feel about your current situation, keep these three ideas in mind to find greater meaning and job satisfaction, no matter what it is.

 

Change Your Attitude

If you are comparing your current job to the imaginary one that satisfies everything you ever dreamed of, you may need a change in attitude. When things aren’t perfect, try to keep your cynicism in check. Remember the last time your job made you feel satisfied and empowered.  Embrace moments like these. Be grateful for the job you do have. Many people don’t have a job at all or are underemployed, and might love to be in your spot.

Think Less About Yourself

Sometimes it’s hard to not get caught up in what the job can do for you.  We all need a job.  We need the paycheck. But maybe it is time to consider what you can do for your job or your company. Think about the impact you are making on a daily basis.  Are you helping others? Are you helping your team members or the community?  Are you making a difference somehow? If you prioritize helping others, you might see your immediate environment become more positive and in turn affect your own outlook.

Look Outside Work to Find Meaning

If you really can’t make your work meaningful, then consider other ways that you can find meaning in your life.  Look for volunteer opportunities, or pick up the hobby you have been wanting to pick up for years.  If you can find meaning in other areas of your life, and subsequently greater satisfaction and enjoyment, then that positive energy will naturally flow into your work life as well. Remember that your job should never define you, and you should always make time for other things in your life.

 

jacob-merkleyAfter spending six years in the accounting, retirement, and financial realm, Jacob Merkley turned his attention to teaching others about important life skills.  He works with clients one on one, in addition to teaching others through his website PowerOverLife.

 

 

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