Building a winning routine (part 2) Enjoying your Occupation

hat do you do? What takes most of your time? Are you a student? A stay home/full time mum (that some prefer to call a house wife) or may be you have a day or night job. Whatever occupies the most of your time is your job. Whatever you do, if you don’t love it then you are not enjoying it, which means something isn’t right and you may need to take what I call the “Love test”.

Steve Jobs the CEO of apple in his 2005 commencement address said that “If you live each day like it’s your last; someday you will most certainly be right”.  Ask yourself every morning before you go to do whatever you do “Do I love what I am doing? If today were the last day of my life would I do what I am about to do today?”  If the answer is NO several times in a row, you may need to change course – because you are travelling in the wrong direction.

1. Love your Job:

First and foremost, you have to love your job. If you don’t love your job, you can’t enjoy it – you either love it or you don’t.

For you to enjoy something it should be something you do without any coercion. Now loving your job doesn’t mean you are always happy, excited and enthusiastic about everything but it means you have a good attitude and mindset towards your job.  There are things we do out of necessity and we wouldn’t do them if we had a choice but we learn to love them because of the value they add or the contribution they make to what life is. Point – for you to enjoy your occupation whatever it may be, it should be something you love and if it’s not, keep looking for what you love and don’t settle till you find it.

2. Planning:

Whatever your occupation may be, you need to plan it out. Having a plan is like having a map; you always have a destination in mind. In planning you answer questions like. What am I going to do? How am I doing it? When am I doing it? What do I need to get this job done? What is it going to cost? What do I expect and what is expected of me?   In case plan A fails do I have a plan B? You always need to have a plan. Make one for the week, for the month and even for the year. The advantage of planning is that you will be more certain and organized enough to enjoy your job. Better still, you can evaluate and measure progress to know how good you are doing

3. Growth and Development:

The most important part of the job is the value added in the process. What value does your job add to you? Does it make you better as an individual or in terms of your profession/career? Does it give you the valuable experience you need? When a job ceases to challenge your intellect, when you have learnt all you can and done everything you can do, it begins to become boring. Seek to get better at what you do. Every time you do anything, find better, faster, smarter and more efficient ways of doing the same thing. Learn all you can and after, you will know it’s time to get promoted or time to move on.

4. Diligence and Hard Work:

Nothing good comes easy; no shortcuts in life are worth it because they ignore the process of development which is very essential. Nothing can replace hard work and diligence. Are you are in school? Do you have a job? Or maybe you are a stay home mum or you are self-employed. Whatever you do, do it like no one else can. Hellen Keller is quoted to have said“I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble”

“Big things” whatever they may mean to you are just a result of diligence in the “small things”.  

This however shouldn’t take all the fun out of work. Work as hard as you play or play as hard as you work whichever works for you. Take time to play It’s always healthy to maintain a balance between Work and Play never too much of any but a healthy balance between both would be ideal

5. Impact/Service:

How does what you do impact you or other people? What you do does not have to be charity or humanitarian to have an impact on other people. Just doing your job and doing it well is service enough.

There is a lot of happiness Joy and fulfillment in doing something that benefits not only you but other people. So when you read hard and get good grades, when you perform well on that job, when you manage a home and family with so much love, whatever it is that you do, doing it with excellence will directly or indirectly bless someone else.

I believe that if these five factors are put into consideration, one would enjoy their job or occupation. What do you think? You can leave your comments below so we can chat about it. Till next time, Thanks for your time

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