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Every Job Has One Thing in Common, Work.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

We’ve all heard that saying or something similar repeated to us as we were selecting our career paths. We’ve been encouraged to follow our dreams, to find the thing that makes us so satisfied, that it won’t ever feel like work. Our culture has joyfully embraced the idea that a job is synonymous with a passion.

But that’s not true.

Being passionate about what you do is hugely important, but every job still has one thing in common – work. We’ve all watched people move from job to job or industry to industry in search of a fleeting passion, when in reality, they’re just in search of a job that doesn’t require effort.

Whether it’s a get-rich-quick scheme or simply another childhood aspiration to check off the list, there’s a reason that these narratives rarely play out in the way we’ve envisioned. They’re missing one fundamental ingredient. Sweat equity.

People often find something that they enjoy as a hobby and then attempt to monetize it. Can that be successful? Absolutely. But, they’re turning that pastime into a job, and most likely it was gratifying as a hobby because it was stress-free. So, while they’re monetizing “what they love,” they suddenly have new responsibilities and it’s no longer quite as thrilling.

So instead of chasing a dream that only sounds perfect because no work has been done, consider living your reality. One can dream for years without actualizing anything.

It can be an attractive idea or cop out more accurately, to go from pipedream to pipedream in search of the thing that lights your passion, but eventually everyone has to come to the reality that any worth-while job or goal requires work.

Where you work is home.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Home may be where the heart is, but the workplace is where you spend the majority of your time. According to The Wall Street Journal, the average full-time employee spends 47 hours a week at work, which is more than a third of your day. With more and more time being spent at the workplace, employers are being urged to reevaluate their company’s culture and explore the idea of office/workplace renovations.

Studies indicate that workplace aesthetics can directly influence the health and well being of its employees. “Worker comfort directly affects important predictors of operational efficiency, such as productivity, job satisfaction, retention, well-being, and at its most basic level, of course, worker health,” asserts Herman Miller, Inc., the iconic office furniture designers and manufacturers. By creating a bright, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing environment, employers can tremendously reduce stress, tension, and tiredness amongst employees.

Corporate giants like Facebook and Google have implemented some rather unusual amenities within their own facilities. Some of these playful perks include DJ booths, skate ramps, slides and even rooftop golfing. Although cool and creative, these unique features are not feasible in the majority of workplaces.

When considering renovations it is imperative that workplace aesthetics and design most importantly reflect the budget, needs and personality of the company. Extravagant and over-the-top changes are not necessary. An attractive desk, comfortable chair or colorful painting can make a tremendous difference in the daily happiness and productivity of employees. Small, but notable changes can magically transform a workplace into a more calm, creative, and emotionally resting environment.

If your employer is unable to make changes within the workplace, you can create a comfortable and pleasing work environment for yourself. Brighten your desk with flowers or bring in pictures of family and friends. Keeping your desk clean and organized is another great way to make your workspace more enjoyable. The more at home you feel within your workspace, the more motivated and happy you will be.

 

Ann Keeling says:

We’ve all visited offices that are flat out depressing – old/bad furniture, little to no artwork, or if there is any it’s “hotel art” – or worse – cube farms. As a business owner I cannot imagine a worse life than working in a place that does not inspire, motivate or give pleasure to me or our staff. It’s certainly an investment, but one that pays dividends in so many meaningful ways.

Productive Practices

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

With only 24 hours in a day, it seems nearly impossible to cross everything off of your list. Your eight hour workday doesn’t seem to be enough when you are juggling multiple projects and responsibilities, but a healthy work-life balance is something we all want. How is it possible to value personal well-being and professional growth? Productivity is the key to keeping you happy and balanced.

Work smarter, not harder. Get organized and make a to do list each day. Crossing things off of your list as you accomplish them throughout the day can be a satisfying practice. At the end of the day, prepare your to do list for the next day. This helps solidify what you have accomplished today and ensures your list for tomorrow will be just as prolific. Also, arriving at your office in the morning won’t be such a stressful time because you already know what you have to accomplish for the day. If other tasks pop up, you won’t feel flustered because your list is already prepared and has room for additions where necessary.

Although many of us would like to start our mornings with the easiest tasks when we sit down at our desk, tackling the least exciting and often more challenging projects on our to do list is a productive practice. Your mind is more awake in the morning and you have the creative energy to keep you focused and committed to completing the task. Additionally, completing this task frees your schedule up and allows you to do other tasks you enjoy more later in the workday when you ten to be lower on energy.

Start your day with a clear head, a positive attitude and a plan to accomplish the personal goals you have set. Mastering productivity not only transforms the way you complete your work in the office, but also contributes to a fulfilling life outside of work. When you cross things off of your list and free up some of your time, you have the opportunity to delegate some of this time for yourself. This is paramount in keeping your mind at its sharpest for other activities throughout your day.

Productivity starts with a purpose. Whether you are looking to cross more tasks off of your list in the office or you want to improve your overall personal well-being, productivity is the key. It is possible to optimize your daily process in your personal and professional life by staying committed to these constructive practices.

Ann Keeling says:

Our day-to-day seems to be very task based, but keeping the big ideas in mind helps drive “getting the work done” . If there is no overarching plan to work towards, chances are your day-to-day will soon become mundane and lose its meaning.