Hey there, how are you feeling about your work today?
Does achieving work satisfaction keep you awake at night? Start by figuring out what tasks give you energy and which ones drain you.
Your STAR Tasks
You love these tasks! You want more! You wish work was only these tasks for the rest of your life.
- Work feels effortless
- You approach every task with excitement
- You want to keep going on and on
- Quick results, high levels of productivity
- You are confident you can deliver with your eyes closed
- You are confident you can find solutions for challenges that arise
- Where did time go? Is your everyday slogan
- You learning fast,
- You love trying out new skills and approaches seemingly by auto-pilot.
Your JUST OK Tasks
You can handle these but just up to a certain amount. You don’t mind them too much.
- You are just comfortable, but not overly excited.
- Sometimes tasks are boring yes
- You feel ok to jump into these tasks but given a chance choice, you possibly wouldn’t
- You deliver just good enough work unless you put conscious effort into going the extra mile
- If you take on more of this work, you start feeling drained
- You are ok to learn new skills, in this area but would rather choose something else
- You often need a motivation boost, to get going
Your DRAINER Tasks
You dread them. You want to disappear or call for sick leave. You hack them or not, either way, you hate them. You wish there was a way out.
- In another life, you would be doing anything else but this
- You are always tired after this type of work
- You remain unenthusiastic about the tasks, and need to really psyche yourself for the task or find a higher purpose to get it done
- Tasks take forever to complete
- After 1 task, you need an hour break
- If someone takes these tasks from you, you jump around like a 5-year-old
- Work just feels like a punishment, you can’t relate how other people enjoy what they do
- Learning any new skill, makes you feel incapable
How is work feeling lately? Getting your JD 70% aligned to tasks that give you energy is a key ingredient for career satisfaction and happiness.
Our Career Happiness Diagnostics Tool coupled with our Right Job For You Assessment, does the magic in helping you figure your first steps for alignment.
Let’s start talking!
Don’t know what you are really good at? Try this simple activity over the next few days. Probably one of the most powerful things, I have ever done.
- Make a list of 3-4 close friends from different circles. Spiritual, party/drinking buddies, workplace best buddy, former best boss/colleague, one hater who pretends to be a friend, and so on
- Send them these reflection questions, asking for genuine feedback. What am I really good at/what comes naturally to me? What is the one thing, if I did better or developed muscle for, I would be an even more awesome individual? What do you think is holding me back from my highest potential?
- Take them out for a coffee and just listen. Listen. Just Listen.
- Consolidate everything, let it marinate, watch it sink in. Then make a start, stop continue plan.
- Implement your plan and watch the magic happen
Job hunting is quite a tasking experience and in order to increase your chances of landing your dream job, you need to build a network of professionals, among them, being recruiters.
And as with all relationships, communication is key! See a sample below of how to communicate with a recruiter.
How you communicate can leave a lasting impression on a recruiter and also the value you bring increases the chances of them contacting you should they get a future opportunity.
Your relationship with a recruiter needs to be professional but also genuine in your interaction.
And obviously shouldn’t feel overbearing.
Taking a long break from work to; study, rest, raise a child, build a home, take care of someone, explore a passion? Keep these reflective questions in mind while you are away. By doing so, you will have solved half of your come back challenges.
Workplace happiness and career satisfaction have recently become a strong buzz in our streets and social circles. How do we measure what success looks like? How do we acknowledge when our jobs are becoming a real threat to our wellbeing? Over the last years, working with thousands of job seekers in recruiting and various career coaching programs, we are seeing 2 key factors that have a direct impact on both workplace happiness and career satisfaction.
Where do you stand? Read on for a brief self-diagnosis.
You know that endless uneasiness that slowly crawls into your day to day work? Do you struggle to get certain tasks started and procrastinate some until they become unbearable and you are lagging behind with your timelines? You feel unproductive and inefficient at some tasks, yet in other tasks you thrive! Only that the thriving tasks are a mere 2% of your work. So you often find yourself excited and volunteering in other people’s work. Sounds familiar? And still: You remember when you had a job you loved. You always felt like work is effortless and you would often lose track of time. This could also be experienced while doing outside the office tasks. All these are signposts that could lead you to discover your ideal job and what you should be spending most of your effort and time on.
Values are those aspects in your life you attach most importance to. Feeling apathetic in your job? A value has been touched. Feeling happy? Another has been tickled. Feeling infuriated? Take a step back, what about the actions touched your values nerves? Reconnecting with your values is easy! First, check out NVC needs list (google is your best friend) Then, take some time out to review the list and pick your 10 core values. Then, the fun begins! Cross-check these with your current realities. Which of these are you living or not in your current job? What impact is this having on you?
How about you start a one month journal? Every day you note down the type of tasks you worked on and how you felt about each. Observe the patterns of what feels effortless, fast, energizing, you are more inclined to jump into doing and the opposite. You can also seek feedback from your trusted colleagues. Somewhere in there, lies the foundation of the type of work you should be investing and growing in. You will also start to learn more about what matters for you and how that has shaped or not your career decision in the past.
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