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Love Your Job: Love What You Do, Do What You Love
Chances are, if you are good at what you do, and getting paid to do it, you are going to be happy at work and love your job. Whether you grow into your job, are trained, and learn to love it, or you are just naturally good at it, this will certainly lead to you loving your job and loving the company you work for. There are many benefits to loving your job, from arriving early and prompt, to even willing to work an extra hour or two just to get back to doing what you love. It is certainly rare to find a job you love doing and get paid to do it, but the rewards of getting paid to do what you love are beneficial, with reduced stress, greater happiness, feeing more generous and sociable, and healthier.
Instead of heading home each night with a heavy workload on your mind, you actually look forward to returning to work the next day. So what is the only disadvantage of working a job you love? There really is none, but if you must know — Have you ever noticed that when you are having fun and loving what you do, time goes faster? Yes — imagine that you love your job and you cannot believe they are paying you to do it — and before you know it, 10 years has passed before your eyes and you are left wondering how the years went by so quickly.
Considering that you were happy at work made everything go smooth and work hardly felt like work. This overall life satisfaction certainly increases when you work with a great team of co-workers who only compliment your work and when you have a boss or supervisor who trusts you enough to leave you alone to get your job done.
If you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and have serious doubts about your job, thinking about quitting everyday, currently looking for other jobs, do what you can to get to the job you love and you too will experience the rewards of loving your job.
This infographic explores more ways for you to love your job.
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How To Love Your Job
Everybody wants to be happy in their job, and the best way to do that is to be good at what you do.
Here’s how to fall in love with work and feel the benefits of happiness.
Love, Happiness, and Work
Why is it important for workers to be happy at their jobs?
The average time people spend at work is 37 hours a week
mon tue wed thur fri
7.4 hours a day
Happier workers are 12% more productive.
Unhappy workers are 10% less productive.
Being happy in the workplace can make people:
- More socialable
- More generous
- Less lethargic
US workers generally like their jobs, but there’s room for improvement on the international scale.
Love their job
- Canada 64%
- Netherlands 57%
- India 55%
- United States 53%
- United Kingdom 46%
- France 43%
- Germany 34%
2 in 10 Americans love their jobs so much they would do it for free.
Love Being Productive
Work around your body clock
Tackle the more difficult tasks when your energy levels are at their peak. Take on more routine activities when your body is in more of a slump.
Work according to Level of importance, time it will take and best day for it to be done.
Take a break
Some tasks demand a lot from you mentally, so make sure you take time out to recharge. Get outside for some exercise: it’ll clear your head and keep you alert.
Do a ‘brain dump’
Get rid of all the stray thoughts that pop into your head by writing them down.
Change your mind-set
Rather than indulging in “I can’t get my head straight” or “I’m too stressed”, indulge in “What’s creating this stress?” and “How can I combat it and get this job done?”
Love Your Co-Workers
Find common ground
If you find yourself at odds with a co-worker, find some common ground. Listen to their views and try to produce a solution, looking to include thier own perspective as well as your own.
Don’t overly fear conflict
Speak to friends and other collagues – what’s their take on your ability to make a stand? Give it a try; assert yourself in a meeting and see how it pans out.
Learn from others
When it comes to dealing with a difficult boss, try to learn from the colleagues who do get along with your manager.
Love Your Time
2 out of 8 hours – the average employees waste in an average working day.
Find your time thieves
Pin-point what sidetracks you or affects your productivity. Write it down and decide on a solution.
It’s actually better to concentrate on 1 task at a time, than to shift between multiple tasks.
Don’t get lost in social media
On average, workers spend:
1 hour and 14 minuts per week on social media networks.
5 hours per week surfing non-related websites.
Come up with a ‘5 minute’ list
If you’re feeling drained, put together a list of straightforard, low-intensity activities that you can complete within five minutes.
Love a Promotion
America’s lowerst paid are the most likely to be unhappy at work.
21% of workers paid under $50,000 say they dislike or hate their jobs.
63% of workers earning over $500,000 say they love their jobs.
Want to earn more? Here are some tips next time you want to ask for a promotion.
Ask what is expected
What targets would you need to achieve? What skills would you need to fulfill? Ask them to put it in writing and then look to accomplsih everything that’s on the list?
Record yourself going the extra distance
Take note of the extra work you do. You’ve got to eclipse the responsibilities of your current role and be able to demonstrate that.
Look to become proficient in other areas
Learn the other aspects of the business. Acquire as much information about your company as possible, to reflect that you operate like a senior employee rather than a junior.
Alongside family, relationships and social life – improving your work life by doing well and getting recognition for it can mean love all around.
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.