When you wake up in the morning for work, do you feel excited about it, or do you have to drag yourself out of the house? Many employees are not happy or satisfied with their jobs. They lack the enthusiasm to get their work done. But how do you find joy at work when you’ve been doing a routine for many years or if you’re new and you feel like you’re in the wrong place?
7 Ways To Find Joy at Work
#1 Find your purpose
People with no sense of purpose lose their enthusiasm easily. They don’t see the point of what they do or what they’re working for. If you’re an educator, you’re obviously raising the future. Your purpose must be to help form the minds of the future leaders, future healers, and future economists.
If you work in a restaurant, you’re helping feed people. Customers come to your place because they’re hungry or craving for something. Help satisfy their needs and longing. Make them happy by serving them with a smile.
If you work as a janitor or maintenance guy, the cleanliness and orderliness of the place lies in your hand.
When you realize that your purpose is more than just doing paper work, closing deals, or maintaining the place, that it’s helping change lives even in the smallest of ways, then you find joy at work.
#2 See the extraordinary in the ordinary
It may feel boring doing the same thing every day for five years straight or more. Find joy at work by seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. The people you work with maybe ordinary people you take for granted because of over-familiarity. See the ordinary in them. They are modern-day heroes like you, working for their family or making a difference in their own humble way.
Admire the new decor in the office. Gaze out of the window and marvel at the beauty of nature, the marvelous cloud formations, or the astonishing skyscrapers. Find the extraordinary in the ordinary and find joy at work.
#3 Pre-work conditioning
Before you even start on a task, condition your mind to be happy. Happy people are more likely to finish the job than those who are not. They also make a better job as they go beyond what is expected of them. Challenges at work may be inevitable, but staying optimistic is a choice. Complaining will not solve a problem. It’s all in the mind.
#4 Build rapport
You will be stuck with the people you work with every day. Build genuine friendships and avoid the drama. It would be a miserable life if there is conflict at work. Remember, 8 or more of your waking hours as an adult are spent at the workplace. Make it a happier time by building bridges instead of burning them. Avoid the toxic people but try to work harmoniously with your colleagues.
#5 Join the fun
Most companies offer activities and events for employees to break the monotony of work. Join the fun. Be open to new ideas and remember to take things lightly from time to time. Don’t be a spoil sport. Don’t be the Grinch of Christmas.
#6 Grab opportunities
There may be internal job openings or a chance to get promoted. Grab opportunities as these are doors that lead to growth and learning. New roles mean new challenges, more room for improvement, and greener pastures. Look for opportunities in which you can either showcase your skills, or improve your personality. Don’t get stuck to where you are at the moment to avoid getting burnt out.
#7 Say it
If you need more time to finish a task, say so. If you find something difficult, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If something is bothering you, speak up. Most problems start from an issue that grows through time because it’s not discussed in the open. There is nothing that can’t be solved as long as there is a clear communication of what needs to be solved in the first place. Be bold but tactful of sharing your thoughts and be open to suggestions as well.
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Doing repetitive tasks can make you bored, or worse, unenthused with your job. Most employers leave their job not because of the pay but because it makes them feel empty and like they are living a pointless life. You can turn things around by simply changing the way you look at your work. Find joy at work and find self-fulfillment in your life.
In the last few days, I’ve been thinking about many things and as always I have my sounding board (a.k.a. my husband, José) to talk things over with. Discussing how I haven’t been able to learn to drive, he said something that hit home. To paraphrase, I want to do things and take risks, but don’t go the whole hog or give it my all.
I realize that is absolutely true and it is a pattern. I have lots of ideas, creative ones at that, but don’t commit to them in a way that can see the idea completely true. I invest a lot of myself, and yet something holds me back from taking that final plunge.
Just as an example, a few months ago, I started a series called Write Your Heart Out. The first post in the series is one of my most popular posts on this blog. Yet, I gave up on the series. My weekly newsletter too is very sporadic. These are small examples.
Let’s not talk about my desire to exercise regularly. Or actually, let’s talk about it! I always give myself the excuse that I’m too tired to walk or I don’t have the stamina. But last week, on vacation, I put in a good 5 kms in one afternoon walking in the hot sun. So I have the ability, but lack the discipline?
I’m not sure what the reason for this is. It’s something I have to work on.
To Be A Wildflower
As I was pondering on José’s words, I began to think of wildflowers. My mind, I tell you!
But there’s a connection.
I love wildflowers. They seem to grow in an aimless and haphazard fashion, but there’s a tenaciousness about them that is hard to ignore. I love how they find a way to blossom in nooks and crevices and in difficult condtions. They manage to combine freedom of expression with the ability to dare to blossom. Wildflowers dare greatly.
I envy them.
Seeds cast by the wind to land where they may, they stay and hold against most hot, most cold.
They persevere, roots shallow yet fierce and free.
They epitomize to me all that I sometimes yearn to be.
~Julie Andrews, Wildflowers
Like Julie Andrews, I yearn to be like the wildflowers – free and brave.
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Today I’d like to share with you details about a booklet by Jae Ellard, the founder of the Simple Intentions website, The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance.
The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn’t matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.
Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.
Category: Adult non-fiction, 102 pages
Genre: Self Help
Publisher: Simple Intentions
Content Rating: G
Meet the author:
After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.
In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program, which includes four group coaching workshops to generate reflection, awareness and action at the organizational and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness to thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States.
Jae contributes to the Awareness at Work column for Mindful Magazine, the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching and is the author of seven books.
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Sometime last year, Elizabeth Gilbert shared a photograph of herself on Facebook and wrote this:
Dear Ones –
I found this picture today that my husband took of me in 2011, doing research for THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. This photo captures exactly what I did for three straight years. I sat in a chair, reading books about botany, evolution, abolition, women’s history, missionaries, Dutch 18th century commerce, and more…in order to fill my brains (and index cards) with enough information to write that novel.
There is no situation in which I could possibly be happier than this — submerged in the vocation that I love, vanishing for hours a day into my work.
Un-showered, greasy hair, eyes tired, totally falling down the rabbit hole of research…this is me, living my dream.
I was thinking today about all the other paths that I did not take in life, no matter how shiny and appealing they may have looked. I’ve had the possibility of living so many different kinds of life that could have been a dream for somebody else. I never choose those lives. I’ve never lived the dreams that other people wanted for themselves — nor have I lived the dreams that other people may have wanted for me.
I never had children…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I never took the opportunities that were offered to me after the success of EAT PRAY LOVE to have a TV show of my own…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I never took a good steady job teaching writing at a nice college…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I didn’t remain in Bali or Rome, gorgeous as those places are…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I turn down 99% of the invitations I get to attend to fancy parties and stellar gatherings…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I sold my big beautiful house with its fabulous gardens and lovely library…because one day I looked around at that gorgeous home
and realized: “This is somebody else’s dream.” (Happily, I sold the house to the family whose dream it actually was. So we all win.)
I never hired a team of personal assistants and staff and consultants to help me “grow my brand”…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I know what makes me come to life — working on my books — and this picture tells the whole story. Knowing what makes me come to life has helped me to distinguish between my dreams and the dreams of others.
What makes you come to life?
Ask yourself this question, whenever you are given any choice or opportunity. Ask: “Will saying YES to this path bring me closer to the source that brings me to life? Or will it take me further away?”
No matter how alluring, no matter how beautiful, no matter how sparkling and fancy and delicious — do not say YES to other people’s dreams.
Do your own thing. Live in your own waking dream. Stubbornly.
Even if it means not washing your hair for a week. (ESPECIALLY if it means that!)
“We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams.” ― Steve Maraboli
Today I’d like to reflect and invite you to do the same on this question:
Are you living your own dream?
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How easy it is to make grand plans for my future.
To set goals for various things in my life.
Resolutions to write more. To get healthier…
I’m so enthusiastic about all I want to achieve.
Easier still to get stuck…
To give up because I can’t seem to stick to these plans.
Lack of self-discipline. Things going awry.
Lots of distractions.
There go my goals, my plans, my enthusiasm.
Self-doubt (self-loathing even) creep in.
Guilt shows its head.
I throw in the towel.
And then come these words..
Just do the next right thing.
Today, I’m reflecting on these words from Mathew Kelly’s Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness
“Whether you are struggling to overcome a pattern of defeat, yearning for inner peace, trying to create lasting happiness, wishing to succeed in your career, desperately trying to overcome procrastination, or are battling with an addiction, this lesson holds the key for you. Just do the next right thing. In each moment, just keep doing the next right thing. . .
Whether you get into a funk, just do the next right thing. And keep doing the next right thing. You will be amazed at how quickly you work yourself out of the funk if you approach it this way. Don’t worry about next week or next month or next year. Just do the next right thing and keep doing the next right thing, and gradually you will act your way out of destructive patterns. You cannot think or pray or wish or hope yourself out of the pattern that is holding you back. You must act your way out of it, one moment at a time.
One moment at a time, by simply doing the next right thing, you will move from confusion to clarity, from misunderstanding to insight, from despair to hope, from darkness to light, and discover your truest self.”
Are you struggling with self-discipline as I am? Do you think this might work for you?
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I had set my intention for this year – a year of daring greatly. I wanted to open myself to new learning and experiences. Mid-April, I came across information about a workshop that was being shared by two people I had been following and admiring from afar – Subha Nivedita and Subhorup Dasgupta.
Here’s what the Mindfulness For Intentional Living Workshop (April 17-19) was about:
The Mindfulness for Intentional Living will help us look at how mindfulness of our inner world and our outer world can help clarify us, make us more creative, intentional and alive in our everyday life.
The goals of the workshop:
- Learn to live more fully and creatively in your everyday life
- Learn to work with difficult emotions
- Appreciate the complexity of life and clarify your own desires and priorities
Gather tools to use in everyday life that will help you live intentionally
- Practice using different tools and fall in love with those activities you can use on an everyday basis.
The programme was open to people who love to introspect, love to go on an inner journey and uncover their wisdom – anyone who yearns to live more creatively and mindfully in everyday life.
I spoke to Jose and decided to attend the first day of the workshop. While he was quite sure I would go for all 3 days, I decided to dare carefully! By the first half of Day 1, I knew I was sold on the entire workshop!
We set an intention for ourselves for the workshop and it was very interesting to have to answer that difficult question ‘What do I really want?’ Using collaging and intuitive painting, we began to get the answers from within ourselves. For me, the aspect of creative journalling, linked so well into my attempts at Julia Cameron’s ‘Morning Pages‘. Through the three days, using a variety of exercises and tools, including short meditations, the main facilitator, Aarathi Selvan introduced the whole aspect of mindfulness to us and how we can practice it in our daily lives.
We had a few guest guides for the workshop too:
Simple yoga stretches – Selvan Srinivasan, introduced us to simple yoga stretches that could be done through the day to help one relax and become more mindful.
Contemplative Photography – Mallika Rajkumar introduced us to the concept of Contemplative Photography and we had an interesting session of trying to capture pictures mindfully. More about this in another post soon.
Drinking tea mindfully – I have been trying to get Subhorup Dasgupta to do a guest post here about his Blend of Tea venture. I was so happy to listen (and imbibe cups of tea) to him talk about the process of preparing and drinking tea and how we can bring mindfulness to this. (Subho did write a post – read it here).
The participants of the workshop ranged from the age of 17 – 49 (almost 50, me!). I was so suprised at the openness and authenticity of each person attending and their willingness to listen non-judgementally to the others.
To me it seemed that the Universe sent this programme my way, just when I needed it.
Let me share with you some pictures from the workshop, courtesy Subhorup.
The main facilitator, Aarathi Selvan, EdM, NCC(USA), MPhil(ClPsy) is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Guide and a Contemplative Artist who has run over 15 workshops on mindfulness and creative journaling. She has over a decade of experience in the field of Psychotherapy. She has a private practice and also heads the psychology wing at Identity Wellness. She is a workshop leader, and further runs online courses.
This programme was organized by Eight Winds, a business solutions company specializing in digital branding and social marketing. Find out more and connect with them: eightwinds.in / https://www.facebook.com/eightwinds /