We all experience ups and downs and lulls in our work life. Monday morning usually feels different than a Friday afternoon. It is normal for your feelings about work to fluctuate over the course of a week for a lot of reasons. For example, never judge your job based on how you feel the first day back after a long weekend or from your vacation. What we need to notice is how we feel about our work the majority of the time.
How we feel about work overall can be anywhere between agony and enjoyment. This can change over time depending on how well our work fits with what we need it to fulfil in our lives. Workplaces are changing constantly too.We can stay in the same job yet our work, our boss and organization can change without our permission. Any one of these changes can significantly add or subtract from our career satisfaction.
The quality of our experience at work deserves our attention. Work is where most of us spend our prime years and the bulk of our time. Doesn’t it make sense to focus on making it as satisfying as possible?
In order to manage your career successfully it helps for you to be honest about what you enjoy and what you don’t enjoy in your current work and take a periodic inventory. Then you can take some informed action to make yourself more content where you are, while you think about and take action on new directions.
Remember that it’s very important when making changes in our lives to move from a position of strength. The position of strength is leading with a conscious choice toward what we want to experience. It is easier to move forward when we identify more with what we want than what we don’t want.
Focusing on what is within our control and taking action is energizing and the way to reclaim our power at work. The questions below are aimed at helping you identify three actions you can take to get more of what you want to experience at work.
So, where are you on the continuum of agony to enjoyment? What factors most contribute to how you feel at work? Simply answer the questions below to find out and take your next indicated steps for more joy at work.
What % of your time at work are you feeling: enjoyment; in between; or miserable?
What would you say most contributes to your enjoyment at work?
What would you say most contributes to your misery at work?
What three actions can you take in your current situation to experience more enjoyment at work?