Thursday, 17 October 2013

Feel Fulfilled at Work

A lot of people go to work from day to day feeling weary, dreading to wake up in the morning. Don't be one of them!

Muovo has found the article below of great interest, first published by Brazen Life.

1. Finding your flow
To truly find your flow at work you need to understand the key characteristics to what is meant by 'flow':

  (a) You need to have a clear objective.
  (b) You’re properly motivated; the task is within your capabilities, yet not too simple.
  (c) You’re completely focused and engaged.
  (d) You have a direct influence on the outcome.
  (e) You find the task rewarding or completing the task is a reward in and of itself.

How does flow impact your career?
We generally associate office life with pitchers of coffee and people who type too loudly — not a mind-melting state of euphoria. But if flow manifests itself in your workplace, you’re more likely to develop your skills, improve at your job and find fulfillment in what you do.

Compare your work responsibilities to the activities that truly engage you. Ideally, your everyday tasks — writing, programming, managing projects, serving food to customers — put you in flow. At the very least, your job should involve your best skills, like problem-solving or decision-making.

If your workday and flow are at odds, it may be time to search the job boards. We tend to judge career satisfaction based on money and stress levels instead of how our work simply makes us feel. A boring job can leave you feeling empty, unfulfilled and unsure of your career path. Meanwhile, a challenging job that gets you thinking and moving about, can seem stressful at first, and therefore, not very ideal, but in the long run it can provide benefits or open up new pathways that could direct us towards the career that is most suitable for us.

But you will be eager to punch into work if your job inspires you. In fact, you won’t even look at your schedule in terms of “punching in”; your work and life will blend together, and your job will become an extension of you rather than an eight-hour chore.

After all, the world’s most successful people are great at their jobs not because they’re forced to work, but because they love what they do.

This is not to say that if you do manage to find your 'flow' at work, you will not have any stress in your life, but it does make a great deal of difference.

There’s no guarantee that finding your flow state will lead to complete clarity and a high-paying job. It might not correlate to any job whatsoever. But being in tune with your flow will help you become more confident, competent and productive — both in the workplace and outside of it.

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

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