Most bloggers spend a good chunk of their lives at a job aside from their blog. Considering the massive time invested in work, finding both success and fulfillment in your job is a major factor in your overall psychological health. It’s also important to stay motivated so that you can lend enough energy to your blog after the work day is through. Whether you love your work or consider it a burden, there are some things you can do to find more fulfillment in your job.
1. Avoid the Endless Status and Perks Wheel
While it is natural to seek greater rewards, status and benefits, these things do not necessarily provide fulfillment. It is a common misconception that once you have achieved a certain higher position, you will be happy. Most people realize that once they obtain this goal, they are still not happy and end up trying for an ever higher goal. This is a cycle that never truly ends.
There is also only so much room at the top, and a relatively small percentage of people who strive for advancement to the highest levels actually achieve that. The remainder are left struggling. Humans tend to have a psychological need to identify themselves within a hierarchy. More importantly, they strive to feel secure in their position in that hierarchy. By obsessing over advancement, you are actually creating your own psychological health issue, leading to feelings of insecurity. Take a step back and be happy with what you have achieved. There is no problem with moving up and moving forward, but you may find greater happiness in accepting where you are and doing your best work in your current position.
2. Find the Easiest Way
No matter what type of work you do or what position you have, work is usually hard. It is important for your health and enjoyment at work that you don't try to struggle or resist the work. Certain projects and coworkers may seem insurmountably daunting, but if you just allow yourself to start and put trust in your skills and experience, you will find a way through.
If something isn't working at work, then it is important to fix it. Don't ignore a work-related problem or let it fester. Identify the cause of the problem and the strengths you have to fix it, and if necessary enlist help from coworkers or a boss. There is no reason to put up with something or struggle through something that you could fix or avoid to make your work life easier.
3. Don't Hope Your Work Fixes You
Finding the right job is very important for fulfillment, and most people go through many jobs before they find the one that really feels right to them. One thing to watch out for is choosing a job hoping that it will fix some actual or perceived weakness or problem you have with yourself. For example, if you aren't so good managing your own finances, you might try a job in accounting or banking. There is an unconscious hope here that if you gain the skills and experience managing other people's money, it will help you manage your own. Unfortunately, looking to your work to help you solve personal problems is likely to end in disappointment and frustration. Personal problems usually stem from a specific weakness or lack of skill, and you don't want to choose a job based on your weaknesses. You want to choose a job based on your strengths.
4. Clearly Define Goals
Goal-setting is something that fulfilled and successful people do all the time. Small goals set each day or even each part of the day, allow you to continually make little accomplishments and feel successful. Sometimes, work may feel like slogging through mud, but if you set and accomplish a set of little goals, your feelings about your work and what you have done will probably change.
When setting goals, follow the SMART goal process. This means to make a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-specific. It helps to start each day with a goal for that day. If you find yourself overwhelmed or slowing down, set a smaller goal, maybe one for just the morning or even just the next hour. Always have something clearly defined you are working towards.
5. Manage Time Wisely
It’s important to find time to work on your blog, even when you’re busy with other things. Your blog is what lets your work grow and become more widely known, and it’s the heart of all the content you’ve written and compiled. Make blogging a priority. We all have duties that need to be done, but putting things that are not very urgent or critical too far at the bottom of your list means they will never get done. If you’re having a hard time getting large amounts of work done on your blog, try getting other things done early so that you can have a larger amount of time to stay focused. Break bigger jobs down into smaller, more manageable tasks, and if making checklists motivate you, do so with the different tasks that need done on your blog. Try to recapture the motivation you had when you first began the blog. How can you make it better? What is a way to challenge yourself and make the blog better? By following these tactics, you’ll find more time to devote to blogging tasks and you’ll feel much more satisfied with its growth.
BONUS: Find a Challenge
While work is sometimes too hard and you need to manage the stress and overwhelming load you might be under, the opposite can be equally damaging. Few things make the day go slower than being bored at work. If you find yourself with not enough to do, or if what you are doing isn't challenging you anymore, go out and look for other challenges. This could be something minor like doing extra tasks or asking your boss for harder tasks. Maybe you could refine and improve what you are currently doing. The change could also be bigger, like earning an online master’s degree in public administration on the side while working. If you feel like you're in a slump, finding a challenge is often a good way to get out of it.
Work is a very important aspect of your life, and it has a major impact in how you feel. It is important that no matter what job you do, you find some level of fulfillment and satisfaction doing it. If you can't find that at your current job, then that is a good sign to start looking for something else.