To Do or Not To Do – The Trick is to Do What You Love

We spend so much time at work these days. Not only are we usually in an office and actively surrounded by work for at least eight hours a day every weekday, but we are also tied to the office after hours and on weekends through our mobile devices. Because of the involvement that work has in our personal lives, it is important to love what we do. If you love what you do, then it is less painful when it intrudes on our hobbies and other free time. It is also less aggravating when we can’t help but babble about it to our friends and family.

What Do you Love?

In order to do this, we must first figure out what we love. Do you love being indoor or outside? What subjects hold your interest the most? What can you talk about endlessly without getting worn out? If you can answer these questions, then you are well on your way to figuring out what interests you the most and where you would be the happiest. For some people, an office job, working with a large group of people is the happiest place they can think of while others do better on their own. These people are often classified as extroverts and introverts. It is important to recognize which category you tend to fit in when assessing work options. An introvert that is forced to work with large groups of people for long hours of the day can find that job to be extra exhausting as it is emotionally difficult for some introverts to work with larger groups. If this applies to you, it may be preferable to look for positions that allow you to work independently or with smaller groups that are less exhausting. While conflicts between work and these introvert/extrovert tendencies can be dealt with, the exhaustion that may be experienced by introverts when surrounded by large groups can make it difficult for them to perform that job on a daily basis. Over time the exhaustion may prevent them from being able to enjoy their time outside of work as well.

Avoiding Exhaustion

While a hard work day can be thrilling and leaves a sense of accomplishment, being constantly exhausted after work can be tiring. It is normal to have certain days that are exhausting; special presentations or visiting CEOs, a new product launch and other key events can all be tiring. Being exhausted after work each and every day is another issue altogether. When you dread your workday, it is difficult to be motivated and active at work. The tasks that must be performed are more draining than they should be and often, by the time you return home, you are too exhausted to enjoy your free time before returning to the office the next day.

When we find work that we love or that interests us, we are able to work more efficiently and with enthusiasm. Tasks that may seem impossible to some only appear challenging to us. When we are required to spend more time than normal working on projects or involved at the office, we are less frustrated when there are projects that we fully support and believe in.

Find your Dream

Everyone wants to find their dream job. No one intentionally hates their workplace, but how can you find that job you love. First off, you have to hunt for it. The job you love may not be the easiest to find and it might be rare. In addition to that, it might be a job that you have to do on your own, without an employer. When you think through the details of a job that you would love, these are the things you have to consider. Would you flourish if you had to find all of your own contracts without a boss or team of people funneling work your way? Does the job have demand in the industry or is it a highly specialized skill? All of these things can help you figure out where you need to look to find your position. While finding the job can be tricky, you must also have the skills to get it. Make sure that you work on portfolios if needed or on your resume and certifications so that you can prove that you are capable enough for the task at hand.

It is important to love what you do as much as possible. This makes it easier to maintain the work/life balance that we all need to be happy, without leaving us exhausted at the end of the day. We have to identify the things that we love, before we can find a way to work with them; after this, finding the position can be challenging. In the end, we have to keep looking for the job that we love and sometimes we have to build it on our own. The best way to accomplish this is to keep working and developing the skills we enjoy and need, so that we can perform the job that will give us the perfect satisfaction.