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Most of us spend a lot of time at work. In fact, people often spend more than 50% of their awaken time working… If all those hours feel like a waste, it can make anybody depressed. What if we can change that? What if the hours you spend working could feel meaningful, help you grow as a person and make you feel part of something bigger?
Good news, it’s possible and you can make it happened!
It’s not magic… but it requires some effort from your side.
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Exercise 1Let’s begin with the question: Why do you go to work? Is money the only reason, or is there any other reason?
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This is a brilliant speech by Mark Zuckerberg. It’s 32min long but well worth the time!
Exercise 2What do you really do at work? Write down 10 things that take up most of the time at work. Are any of the tasks more important than the other? How do these tasks affect people around you? Who is your customer? (your boss can also be your customer)Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.
Steven got a phone call that changed his life. But you don’t need someone from the outside telling you this. You have everything inside you already. Spending some time thinking about our jobs can transform our experience of work. It may take an hour, a day, or a week… but it’s worth it!
Susan did several things to improve her situation at work. She started to do things that were not expected of her, not to get promoted, but to create more meaning for herself…
Exercise 3In what areas at work can you take on more responsibility? Pick something that interests you! You have a unique set of skills and experiences that you can use. You just need to start believing in yourself!
Do you know of anything that needs some extra care? Perhaps it’s a broken coffee machine, a room that needs cleaning or papers that needs sorting. It doesn’t need to be a big project.
Don’t do it for anybody else. Do it for you, for the feeling that you’ve done something to make the organization a little better. List some things you can do below:Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.
You spend a lot of time with your co-workers. Make that time count! If you’re not already friends with your associates, then it’s definitely worth the effort to become that. You’ll get a team spirit and people that look after you. Some people say it’s stupid to be friends with your co-workers… that you’ll only get stabbed in the back… But we are convinced making in friends at work, is one of the best ways to create more meaning at work.
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Rewrite your job description. What can you add or change to make it feel more meaningful? In what way can you better serve people around you?Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.Grading can be reviewed and adjusted.
Examples of changing purpose:
|Role||Purpose today||New purpose|
|Hairdresser||I cut people’s hair||I make people feel better about themselves. I help them bring out the best of their hair.|
I make the world better by helping people ease their pain. I can also help them relax and improve their mobility.
|Accountant||I create reports and do bookkeeping.||I help visualize and simplify data to help management make the right decisions for the company. My efforts can identify waste, and make the organization more efficient.|
We’d like to recommend a brilliant book that can help you find your purpose at work. Lead without a title, by Robin Sharma. In the book, we follow Blake Davis and how he, with some support from 5 people, transforms his job as a salesman in a bookstore.
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Wanna read instead?
Here you can download the video script for Lesson 1: Job-L1.pdf