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Loving the boring bits

In the “How to Love Your Work” flow-chart I designed, there is a very important question: Is this a task you love? And almost as important is the question that comes further along the flow: Can you learn to love it? Let’s explore how that might be possible.

Elements of the task

Is it the whole task that you hate, or just some aspects of it? If there are some bits that you quite enjoy, how might you split those out and get someone else to do the annoying bits? You can then put those bits back through the flow-chart.

Did you ever love it?

I don’t believe anyone ever sets out to take on work they’re going to hate. So the chances are that you used to enjoy it, once upon a time. Maybe you’ve got bored with it, or perhaps the task has morphed into something different.

In your mind, go back to that time, and identify what feels different now.  And think about how you might get that old energy back, and start enjoying your work again.

Is it really the task?

A lot of the time you think it’s the task itself that’s irritating you, when actually it’s got more to do with other factors.  And those might be factors you can do something about.

Working environment

What if it’s actually the place where you have to go to do the work? It might be the journey there, or maybe part of town it’s in, even the décor of the office. It could even be something as simple as the horrible coffee from that famous machine where everyone’s supposedly having useful chats.

People

While we’re on the subject of the people, they are a big reason why your work might not be enjoyable.  If you have boring colleagues who don’t share your interests, it’s hardly going to be fun going to work!

And it’s not just the people you work with, you also need to take a look at the customers you get to work with. Are they fun and exciting people, or do they drain you with unreasonable demands and not valuing the work you do.

Values alignment

Speaking of values, are your personal values aligned with those of your colleagues, customers and the organisation you work for? If they are not, then you’re going to need to find a way that they can. There are a number of ways to do that.

You can abandon where you work now, and go find somewhere whose values match yours. If you do that, make a point of checking that the customers’ values also match. If you work for yourself, this is the most important thing to watch for, that your customers are the kind of people you actually like!

Be the difference

Or you can attempt to influence the values where you are. That might seem a bit ambitious, but many organisations either don’t know their values, or have drifted away from what they once were. If that’s the case, being the one to make a stand for living the organisation’s values can enhance your career. And it will definitely improve your enjoyment at work!

 

If this has got you thinking about what it is in your work that you’d like to improve, feel free to book an initial chat with me – in half an hour or so, I bet we can work out where you can most profitably direct your focus to achieve what at Joyful Genius we think everyone should have – to love what you do for a living, and make a great living doing what you love!

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About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of Joyful Genius Coaching, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The A to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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