Add juice to your job by changing how you do it
In my last post in this series on how to add juice to your job, we explored how to energize your current job by changing what you do in your work. Today we’re going to look at another way to tip the scale in a more energized direction – changing how you do it.
Start by looking at the different aspects of what you do during the day and ask, “Is there any way I could make this more appealing? Is there any way I could do this that would be more aligned with how I am when I’m at my best? Is there any way I could do this that aligns more with my natural approach when I’m in the groove?”
Here are some ideas to illustrate the point.
- Say you have to create the same old spreadsheet again and again, and you know that you have a competitive streak. Could you time yourself and aim for a personal best in putting it together each time?
- If you realize that you feel isolated in your work and you’re more of a social person, maybe you could find a way to incorporate more interaction into the process.
- Could you make a game out of finding ways to constantly improve how you approach your work, its effectiveness, etc.? Could you make part of your job a continual quest of for how to solve the puzzle of how to make it better?
- For that matter, rather than just sitting and saying, “Well, I guess this is just the way it is,” could you turn your job into a continual quest for ways to make it more enjoyable?
As a completely non-work-related example, several years ago a friend and I discovered that we had both started studying Spanish at the same time. She was taking a class, and I was teaching myself.
We’re both fairly competitive, and it wasn’t long before we had made a bet on who would have a greater mastery of the language after a year. The plan was to hire a Spanish teacher to test us.
The entire next year, that competition wove in and out of both our studies. We were constantly checking in and needling each other about where we were with it.
We never did end up hiring someone to test us, but that competitive game got us both through the challenging early stage of learning a new language and made us much more committed and motivated. It made what could have been drudgery into a fun challenge.
So we didn’t change what we did. We slogged through the clumsy initial stages of a new language. But changing how we did it – introducing a competition between us – changed the experience entirely.
Changing how you do things probably isn’t a “miracle cure.” It won’t magically turn drudgery into bliss. But if it makes the experience even 20% better, well, that’s 20% better! Right?
And remember. The goal with all of these ideas is to cumulatively add more juice to your job. Drop by drop, it adds up.
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