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3 Simple Secrets to Love Your Work

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Courtney Carver. Courtney is an artist and consultant specializing in simplicity for life and business. Read more from Courtney at her blog, Be More with Less and follow her on Twitter.


I stopped loving my job as an Advertising Director in 2009. I didn’t quit that job until 2011. For 2+ years, I wanted something else. As I slowly built my own business, I worked strategies into my day job to make it more enjoyable. I had a responsibility to the employers that were paying me and my family that loved me to make this work.

Simple Secrets

1. Help People. When you are focused on the bottom dollar, email, spreadsheets, and exceeding goals, you are forgetting the most meaningful part of your business. Regardless of your position, you have an incredible opportunity to help people. If you meet those people, learn about their lives and think about them when you are doing your work. If you have a behind the scenes job, remember that you are helping real people. They have families, dreams, hopes and worries just like you.

2. Build in Downtime. Don’t wait until after hours to unwind, exercise or eat a leisurely meal. Your inbox will be full tomorrow morning even if you work overtime, so take an extra 30-60 minutes to have a real lunch break or sit quietly and listen to music. You will be more efficient and happier if you are rested and not overextending yourself.

3. Move Often. If you work sitting, try standing for part of your workday. If you are in your car for much of your work day, pullover and do jumping jacks or stretch. Take mini walks around the office or your neighborhood depending on where you work. Fueling your body with oxygen and movement will fuel your brain with creativity and motivation.

I used to work for a production manager whose favorite saying was “Under promise, over deliver.” It was a terrible message to send to employees and it funnelled down to customers. When you love your work, or find ways to love it for now, you can consistently keep the promises you make. Make reasonable promises that help people and deliver what the customer expects and needs.

Remember that you don’t have to love the people you work for to love the work you do. You may never love your job, but you can choose to love your work.

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  • Rose Byrd May 15, 2012, 10:01 am

    Loving the work itselt, the sheer DOING of the work, the process, is what I have found works for me. Taking sufficient breaks and changing physical positions during the workday are wonderfully helpful. Tammy, thank you so much for sharing Courtney Carver’s post here today.

    • Courtney Carver May 15, 2012, 2:32 pm

      Rose, That is so true. Now that I do what I love, it’s hard to believe that it’s even work.

  • Diane May 15, 2012, 11:00 am

    Great suggestions! I always try to get out for exercise before starting the workday. And I have started working at the computer while standing for a large part of the day, and that feels much healthier. And I’m glad to work for a nonprofit that helps people.

    But I don’t love my job, that’s for sure. It’s been ages since I did. I envy people who have a passion or a calling that they can earn a living from doing.

    • Courtney Carver May 15, 2012, 2:35 pm

      Diane, You don’t need a passion or calling to do what you love for work. It may start out as something you think will be fun, or that you are good at, or just enjoy and develop from there. Think about the people you envy that do what they love and look for inspiration. How did they make the transition? How did they figure out what they wanted to do? As someone who recently started doing work they love, my best advice is … don’t wait. It is an amazing experience.

  • Sandra / Always Well Within May 15, 2012, 11:36 am

    I love the simplicity of these suggestions, Courtney. Simple yet powerful. Making even on of these shifts has the power to transform our work experience and all three will surely lift us up. I find that staying present in the moment is another important element to finding joy in whatever we do.

  • Natalie May 16, 2012, 9:50 am

    Such a simple idea, but so powerful. Great post! 🙂

  • michael tavallaei May 16, 2012, 3:22 pm

    great blog.

    michael tavallaei.

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