Seriously, folks! You need to have fun at work.
Again, I have met people who are lamenting their work and yet not take any action to change the course of their life. I wonder why they subject themselves to a subpar work life when it is 9 hours a day, 45 hours a week, 180 hours a month and 2160 hours a year wasting your breath, cursing the fact that you can do better. Then go on and do better!
Why torment yourself in a job you don’t love, month after month, years after years? You need to put the bread on the table, pay the bills, you hold on your job as tightly as possible but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a roving eye and search for a better job at the same time. A job that you feel passionate about, something that makes you feel contributed to the society or allow you to gain satisfaction and achievements in your role.
If you are not having fun at what you do, stop. Ask yourself why. Where’s the fun gone to? At each and every job, even as a freelancer taking on individual projects, I made sure I have fun and learn at the same time. Life is too short to be at some dead end job, gruelling at meaningless tasks just to make ends meet. Find out what you enjoy most at your work and focus on that, even try to hone your skills on that area. Unless you are telling me the only time you enjoy most at your workplace is either lunchtime, tea break or knock off time, then RUN! Run as far as you can from your job because you obviously hate your time there. If you don’t call hating every minute of your life spent at your work desk a waste of time, I don’t know what’s your time is worth.
However, I know most of us fall in between loving what we do crazily and a full on hatred for our jobs, we just live a mandate work-life with an occasional spark every now and then. Not too happy about your job to say it is your dream job yet you don’t exactly dislike it enough to call it quits. So what do you do? You live with it and quips to anyone with a listening ear. A mediocre 9 hours each day while you compensate with your passions and hobbies over the weekend.
You can change all that. Not all at once if you can’t take drastic move but bit by bit, you can take hold of your own career and determine what you want to do with your 9 hours everyday.
- Change by identifying what you enjoy doing. You need to know what are your passions before you can work towards the change.
- Change by a pure determination to make sure you do everything within your means to change.
- Change by following your heart and listening to what your senses are telling you.
- Change by resisting cowering towards change and lean towards comfort and familiarity. Don’t procrastinate.
Whether it is taking an extra class to learn a skill or start a new network in an industry that you always wanted to join, the first step is crucial to your change. Life is way too short not to have fun at work. If you are not having fun at what you do, ask yourself honestly, why do it? Is there an alternative or a way out? Only you can change your situation, nobody can.
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