Are you doing work that you absolutely love?
When you get to your office in the morning, are you happy to be there?
Do you dive into the day's tasks with enthusiasm? Or are you counting the minutes until you get to leave?
If you don't love what you do, no matter how successful you are, and no matter how much money you're making, you should probably consider doing something else. Many people seem to believe that loving what you do is a luxury.
They plan their careers on the principle that making a decent living is necessary and that having work that you enjoy, and--more important--find meaningful, is a nice add-on, if you can swing it.
I think that's dead wrong. Making a living is essential, but so is having work that you enjoy and care about, and that you believe has real value. If your work is missing any of these features, and you don't see a good prospect for things to get better, it's time to consider doing something else.
To be happy, do things that make you happy.
However, it serves us well to actually think about what makes us happy then think about whether we actually follow through with that.
For example, we might want to think more often:
What are the things that make me happy in the short-term but guilty in the long-term?
What leaves me feeling really satisfied with myself?
Do I spend more time on things that are simply easy or do I challenge myself?
Am I doing the same thing over and over again?
How often do I end the day feeling satisfied?
How often do I start the day feeling encouraged by the plan I have set out?
These questions will help you to understand what you actually enjoy rather than those activities that are simply easy to do. Rather than going to the path of least resistance, you spend more time carving out a life that you really want to live.
As a result, you may find that after answering these questions that finding happiness in your day requires a bit more self-discipline than you may have expected!
If you make everything an obligation, you’re likely to feel bad because you can’t do everything.
Not everything is an obligation. Remind yourself of that when you find yourself saying “I should do this and should do that”.
So set out to fill more of your time with the things you enjoy doing. Be mindful of this intention because it is a helpful reminder that our time is often limited by things out of our control.
It sounds ominous but it’s true. Our biggest problem is that we “live as though we’ll live forever”, waste it on meaningless things then complain that life is too short.
Perhaps life isn’t too short. Regardless, let’s take the time to do things we enjoy.
If anything, we deserve it.
Are you ready to start doing work you love?