Work requires energy
Engaging in our professional lives is challenging. Whether because we hate our jobs or have tasks piling up at home, many of us spend only three to four hours of our work days “working.” While many of us are okay with this work-energy dynamic, chances are, you are reading this article because you aren’t. Thankfully, there is a way to find energy in our work. Today, I will discuss one area where we can harness our work-energy to have a happier, healthier work-life: interest.
Interest in our work energizes us the most. When we have interest in our work, we engage more. When we engage more, we can enter a flow-like state. Conversely, when our interest lacks, boredom arises. Boredom leads to distraction. When we become too distracted and bored, our energy decreases. Decreased energy leads to counting: counting the hours and days. Excitement for 5pm on Friday rises, and work-energy wanes to nothing.
The common argument we make is:
“I need to have THIS job to support MY lifestyle. THIS job pays MY bills.”
Of course, this is reality for many of us. Without advocating to quit our uninteresting day jobs, I implore you to find your passion. Our passions are fleeting, so find just one, Many have written on how pursuing our passions leads to disaster. Instead, I advocate finding interest in your work. Any interest.
How, might you ask? Just because your job is boring now, doesn’t mean that certain elements aren’t interesting. Since we spend most our lives working, its important to find interest.
One way is to take what you do and intertwine it with your favorite hobby. Are you a customer service analyst who loves dogs? Figure out how to bring your dog to work. Are you a data scientist who loves woodworking? How will you integrate principles of craftsmanship into your work as a data scientist?? When you spend five hours waxing your handmade kayak, how can you spend that time and use that focus in your work to make it more fulfilling? These are just a few simple examples of how to reframe how we think about our work to have more interest in what we do.