How To Enjoy Your Work More – When Life Is Stressful Or All Seems Lost

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to find more joy at work – and how to create more positive, incremental, and sustainable improvements for myself at work. A major confluence of personal events has me chewing on the following four ideas:

  1. Joy and “flow” can be found when you follow your interests and then drill deep and practice on your craft or work. No posturing for others (or for yourself, which can be even worse), just plain old hard work.
  2. Narrow your focus (or niche) and then narrow it some more. Going wide can be like adding water to milk. (speaking to marketers and business owners on this one)
  3. Figure out what makes you unique, and then go bold and “own it”. Beat that drum.
  4. Try to become better at becoming better. Working on process is like focusing on the journey. In some ways, focusing on process matters more than the reaching for outcomes. (thought delivering results and outcomes do matter at work!)

Deep practice. Go narrow. Be you. Focus on process.

The world – with all its many news cycles, push and pull messages, electronics at our fingertips, and more – makes it far too easy for us to become unfocused and disorganized.

When I’m stuck at work, I apply one of the four ideas above, and things start to click and fall into place. The chaos evaporates. The mind becomes focused and clear. Momentum builds. Flow starts to happen. Joy reappears. And my work gets done.

Then, sometime in the middle of all of this, a peace and awareness of self washes over me, and I find myself thinking “oh there I am”.

CHRISTOPHER MENGEL brings over 20 years of insights to business owners and talent leaders inside emerging technology and professional services firms to implement new initiatives, develop new strategies for growth, carry out organizational and cultural change, manage complex projects, and fill business-critical roles. Have a challenge you want to solve? Connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter and subscribe to his posts or contact him.

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