This is a call to sit down, gather your thoughts, consider your priorities, and re-discover your love in all areas of your life. You deserve to love your work, because the entirety of your life is deserving of your love.
“To be successful, the first thing to do is to fall in love with your work.” – Sister Mary Lauretta
There is no part of your existence that is worthy of constant negativity, boredom, or fear, for you are the expression of love and creativity itself. Your work is a part of your life, yet not your entire life. You are in charge of how you see, and thus how you experience your experiences.
In order to love your work, the first thing you (and all of us) must do is be willing to shift into another frame of reference. To look at work without judgment (no “I hate this” or “This is bad” or “I feel stuck”) requires just our willingness to perceive it differently. Perhaps we can reword our dialogues to include convictions such as: “I am growing” and “This is teaching me something I need to learn” and “I am capable of getting to where I want to be.”
May the following ideas spark even the smallest flame of inspiration in you, because that’s all it really takes to love your work, or to love any area of your life. From this spark your joy can grow. Be open to looking at things through a fresh, clear lens, with no preconceived beliefs about what it should all look like. Then you can try to incorporate new ideas, new practices, and even a new passion into what you do and why you do it.
7 Little Ways to Love Your Work a Lot More
Focus on one task at a time.
Flitting between one task to another may seem like a useful skill to have, and we call it multitasking. Yet this can result in a confusion of clutter—mental and material—and can inhibit our ability to access a state of flow in any of our activities.
Try scheduling your work day into time blocks, allotting a fair amount of time for each task on your agenda. Then make a commitment. This one task is the priority, meaning that checking email or social media or the progress of another project can wait until this project is finished, or until the allotted time is up.
Love your space.
It’s important that we have some source of inspiration throughout the work day. Taking time to enjoy the little things that make our space happy will make our work happier.
You may need to go on a decluttering spree at work, letting go of those objects that don’t serve your work or your heart, and that takes time, energy, and strength of mind. You may need to add a pop of your favorite color, a vase of flowers, a treasured picture, an inspirational quote, or anything else that makes you smile when you see it.
Declutter your digital space.
Restoring some balance to your life at work might include cleaning up your email inbox (e.g. unsubscribing to unwanted emails, labeling and color-coding specific types of correspondence into separate folders). Getting rid of outdated, irrelevant, and unnecessary files on your computer also supports an overall feeling of being organized and efficient.
It’s easier to love your work when you feel more spacious in all of your environments (digital as well as physical).
Take a break from the frustrating project.
We are not machines, and when we find ourselves struggling through a task that’s consuming us (and getting us nowhere), it calls for a break. Let yourself be energized by something else: go for a walk, step outside for five minutes, or spend a little time working on an easy project.
This may sound counterproductive, but sometimes taking time out really is the best solution when you’ve fallen out of love with what you’ve been working so hard on.
Find a new angle.
Introduce something new into your work life. You may find that switching up your schedule, trying a creative side project, learning another skill, or taking on different responsibilities brings new life to the quality of your work life. Having a new project to work on, or embracing a new routine at work, can refresh your perspective and nurture your sense of creativity.
Leave perfection behind.
Not everything requires us to agonize and obsess over it, and obsession actually saps us from enjoying the process of attending to the task at hand. You can be passionate about something without expecting it to be perfect. It’s that expectation of perfection that can steal the joy and freedom of creative expression from anything in life. Do your best and forgive the rest. Everything is going to be okay.
Alter your attitude.
Yes, this one can be much harder to do than it is to say, read, or write. Raising your attitude to positive new heights is absolutely essential to loving anything, however, including your work. If you’ve been stuck in a negative thought pattern regarding anything at work, try asking some nonjudgmental questions to shift your energy.
Some examples may include:
- What is there to be grateful for in this situation, this work environment, this task, or this communication? Who am I grateful for here? What connections, opportunities, or experiences am I grateful for? What do I have that someone else may pray for?
- What lesson is life trying to teach me right now? Can I open up to it?
- Am I willing to let go of my judgments about this person/situation/work? Am I willing to understand instead? What beliefs could I shift?
- Am I willing to forgive my work for not being what I thought it should be? Am I willing to forgive myself for not being in love with this part of my life? Am I willing to forgive everything in order to love a little more?
- What alternative perspectives could I adopt? Can I discover a new way of looking at this?
- How can you love your work more?
- What small changes can you implement today that would cultivate positive energy in the work that’s yet to come?
- What questions could you ask yourself to help you step away from negativity and step into love?
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Come to your work from a space of love, gratitude, and forgiveness. Hold that space. Become it.