February may be the month of love — hearts and flowers and such — but does that include your job? Do you love your work? Are you excited to make that hour commute or log in from home first thing in the morning to finish your projects, gather your team, or plan the next rollout? If not, are there steps you can take to improve your workload or environment or attitude?
Joyce Guan West, a career and business coach, suggests nine steps to take to develop a greater love for your job in a Forbes article by Stephanie Burns:
- Identify What’s Working and What’s Not
- Explore Alternative Approaches in Your Current Company
- Get Intentional About Your Career Goals
- Know Yourself and Define What You Want
- Tap Into Wisdom
- Ask For Help
- Remember Life Isn’t All About Work
- Take Consistent Steps in the Right Direction
- Enjoy the Journey
You can read the detailed commentary on each of these suggestions in the Forbes article here.
Often we are encouraged to strike a work-life balance. Work is a necessity, but it should not define our entire lives. We have families to enjoy, even after we are well past retirement. We work to enjoy our families now and in the future.
Not every job is our dream job, but we can make the most of each job with a positive attitude and forward-thinking contributions to our project, our team, and our company. In the end it will pay off.