If you feel like just another number in the corporate machine, it can be hard to find meaning at your job. Here are 4 simple ways to help shift your perspective about work from one of pointless misery to one of enjoyable purpose.
Attach your Actions to Ideas
Reflecting on the broader impact you make can transition your perspective towards one of meaning. If you’re taking phone calls as a customer service representative, it can become easy to get frustrated by the repetition.
On the other hand, if you’re helping people all over the world reach whatever emotional state is offered by your products or services (financial security, healthy living, or interconnectivity, as examples), then suddenly your work takes on more meaning. If you’re looking for a broader philosophical scope to your work, your company motto or slogan might be a good place to start.
Don’t Overinvest in Work
Perhaps you feel that work is meaningless because you’re focusing on it too much. No one thing in life should overshadow your entire existence anyway, so look for a healthy balance of things to complement your work schedule.
For instance, if you have a day or two off, can you spend time with friends or family? Consider picking up a hobby, attending community college classes, reading, or volunteering to help you find more meaning in life, and avoid hyper-focusing on one area that makes you bored or unhappy. You’ll strangely find that work will begin to become tolerable (even enjoyable) as well.
Who Are You Working For?
When you get home from work, think about where all your money is going. Do you have a family to support, or elderly parents to take care of? When you realize that every minute you spend working facilitates taking care of those you love, your work will become more fulfilling.
If you’re not married and don’t have kids, then consider donating your money to a worthy cause, volunteering, or treating yourself to enjoyable things (vacation, meals out, movies).
Be a Doer, not a Victim
The choice is really yours. If you want, you can look around and say “I’m stuck and I’m miserable.” Or, you can make the most of a situation that you’re going to be in anyway. Get to know your coworkers, bosses, and employees. Make casual conversation and have fun. Smile, enjoy the day, and laugh about frustrating experiences. Happiness is a choice, and if you make the choice to be happy at work, you’ll find that work has more meaning.
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