Why Is Searching for Meaningful Work Important?

Why Is Searching for Meaningful Work Important?

Since most of your time is spent at work, travelling from and to work or just thinking about work, this inevitably plays a big role in your life. If you are not satisfied and you are feeling bored with what you do, this can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health if not focused on.

You may feel anxious, depressed, frustrated or even unable to have fun at home since you know that another workday lies ahead. Having to focus for a long period of time on tasks you find repetitive, mundane or unsatisfying may cause stress.

What’s more is that if you do not find your work meaningful as well as rewarding, it is hard to generate the enthusiasm and effort required to advance in your career or job. Rather on the other hand If you are satisfied and happy, you are more likely to be successful with your job because you are passionate about it.

So, how can you gain meaning and satisfaction from your job? The answer is simple. What you need to do is:

1. Change or choose careers to something that you are passionate about.
2. Seek purpose and joy in your current job that you don’t love.

When If Career Change Isn’t a Realistic Option?

For the majority of individuals, career dreams are actually just that dreams. The reality of paying bills, putting food on your table, or supporting kids for their education means that you need to spend forty hours each week doing work at a job that you do not enjoy. Or maybe you are in a job right now just to meet the standards of today’s economy. So the idea of considering a career change may seem to be unrealistic and may be more like choosing to be a professional athlete or a cosmonaut or astronaut.

Having an unfulfilling or monotonous job may leave you just as vulnerable to burnout and stress and this can be just as dangerous to your mental health as being unemployed. Below are some tips I have created for you to consider if career change isn’t realistic:

Try Searching for Value in What You Do

If you are doing several small mundane jobs, often focusing on how or what you are doing can help some people. For instance, a particular group of individuals need you to provide them a specific service or product. Concentrate on the aspects of the work that you enjoy even if it is just chatting with some of your co-workers at lunch. Making a change on the way you think about your job can let you regain control and sense of purpose.

Volunteer Outside of Work or At Work

Most bosses appreciate a worker who volunteers for the new project. Learning new skills and undertaking new tasks at work can help you prevent boredom and enhance your resume. If you decide to volunteer outside of your work environment, this can also boost your self-confidence, get rid of stress, and even give you valuable work experience. There are also cases where this can lead the way for you to get new contacts and open doors for job change.

Seek Balance

If your in a career or have started a career that has turned out to be not what you like, or expected look for satisfaction and meaning somewhere else like after work interests. Even if it you find this hard to do, try to be grateful that you have a job that pays your bills and concentrate on the aspects of life that has and is bringing you joy and to your life. Try to plan for having a fun weekend or taking a vacation these actions can make a huge difference in your daily attitude.

Finding the right career will require you to know your own interests. You are the only person who truly knows your interests. How can you identify them? Knowing your interest can be one of the tools you can use for choosing a career that you are passionate about.

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November 4, 2016

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