Does your work have meaning to you? Do you get up each day excited about what you get to do that day? Or are you wishing you had more meaningful work to do?
Just passing the time at what we do each day can be frustrating at best and deadening at worst. But the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can live each day having meaningful work to do. And here’s how.
1. Find your purpose.
Take the time to discover why you will do what you will do. Ask yourself these questions.
- Why am I willing to do this work?
- What motivates me to do this work?
- What is the ultimate reason I am doing this work?
Living your purpose on a daily basis will make the work that you do more meaningful. If your answers to these questions are not exciting to you, then take more time to figure them out. It will be worth the effort invested.
And if you have people working for you, then give them a reason to want to come to work each day beyond just a paycheck. Help them to see what they’re doing in the larger picture. They will be more likely to stay longer if you show them how they are making a difference through their work.
2. Know your values.
Figure out how you will do what you will do. Here are some questions you can ask yourself.
- What are values I want to infuse into my work?
- What are ways that I always want to do things?
- What are ways that I never want to do things?
Living your values on a daily basis will make the work that you do more meaningful. And you will be happier about yourself and your life. But if you realize that the work that you are doing cannot be done according to your values, then you may want to find something else to do.
If you have people working for you, then living out your values on a daily basis will be important for creating the culture you want to work in. Because it will make work more enjoyable for you and more meaningful for them.
3. Have a vision.
Identify where you are going through what you are doing. You can use these questions to find out what’s important to you.
- What would you most want to accomplish in the next five years?
- What would you most want to change in the next five years?
- What one thing could you do in the next five years would make the most difference?
Working toward a grand vision will help you do more meaningful work. And if you have people working for you, it will make your workplace vibrant.
Knowing 1) why you do what you do, 2) how you do what you do, and 3) what you want to accomplish through your work will make every day more meaningful. Not only for you, but for everyone around you.
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