When was the last time you experienced job satisfaction? Or, maybe it’s easier to remember the last time you were frustrated by or even hated your job? Chances are you experienced them in the same day.
You see every job has two sides…
Soul-filling work provides immense job satisfaction. Soul-crushing work can make you hate your job. The key is to craft the balance in your favor.
Create more job satisfaction by identifying your own personal soul-filling work; then gradually getting more it in your work day. This powerful action can can improve your job satisfaction immensely.
Here is a quick case study involving Kim, one of my clients.
Case Study – The Positive Impact of Identifying Your Soul-Filling Work
When I started working with Kim, I realized her energy levels were on a roller coaster ride — highly fluctuating, going up and down throughout the day. After a few cups of coffee, her energy level gradually escalated until hitting the lunch hour, which was the high point. After lunch there was a big dip, and she would down an energy drink for a little afternoon pop. Finally, her energy levels hit bottom at the end of the day without much left for working out or preparing dinner.
Clearly, these fluctuations in energy levels were not helping Kim. After going home, all she felt like doing was lying on the sofa and watching TV.
To address this issue we came up with a solution. We devised a plan where Kim would intentionally identify and take steps to fill her day with more soul-filling work. Once she identified what work was more satisfying and began focusing on doing more of it, her job satisfaction and her energy levels were consistently much higher. Today, she still finds herself much more motivated to go to work compared to before.
How to Identify Your Soul-Filling Work
Here are a few shortcuts you can use to identify your own soul-filling work and get on the path to increasing your job satisfaction:
#1 What work puts you in flow?
A great way to identify soul-filling work is to reflect on those activities you get so engaged in that you lose track of time. This is called being in “flow”, which was originally coined by Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He defines it as,
“being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
#2 What’s the work that’s a “get to” versus a “have to”:
Soul-filling work is the naturally motivating stuff or the work where you don’t have to psyche yourself up to get through. Yours may be different than your coworkers’ depending on your preferences.
#3 What work naturally energizes you?
Soul-filling work energizes you. After you invest yourself into an activity that’s soul-filling, you get a ROE (return on energy). I frequently get that energy zing when I work with a client or when I’m preparing for a presentation. Clearly that’s not the case when I am paying my bills or doing other routine activities.
So don’t wait and get started right away. Make a note of all the soul-filling activities in your work life. The best news of all is that your soul-filling work is probably already there; it’s just hidden among the details of your everyday work. Time to get on a mission to discover it!
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