There are many people who are happy with their work, especially if they are in a job that matches their career and life goals. However, even with the best job, there are times when you struggle to find enjoyment in what you are doing. During times of stress or discouragement, finding that joy in work can be difficult. If you struggle to find the motivation to go to work and resent the time you are there when you could be elsewhere, you will cultivate a negative attitude that spills over into the rest of your life. This affects your performance at work, as well as your relationships with co-workers, friends and family. Furthermore, the speed of performing a task reduces as your full focus is not on the task.
Flow is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting transformation in one's sense of time.
This episode of Learn with Bessern is about how individuals get into that focus where they are truly enjoying what their doing and their bodies are in direct correlation with the task at hand. The best moments are not these passive, chillout, receptive, relaxing times. The best moments usually occur if as a person our body and mind are stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and that is worthwhile. The task to be accomplished has to be challenging, just a bit above our current level of skills, there needs to have a purpose that we understand and we should be able to decide how to do this task.
So the big question comes, how do we know that you are we are in the flow state. It is because we have a complete focusing on the task. We have goals that are clear with there is kind of time transformation where you don't feel the time is passing and the task seems effortless and there is a good balance of challenge and ability or what we can we can do. A few ways to start enjoying what you do and channel your focus into a particular task is as follows:
1) Look for the purpose- You may find work hard to enjoy because you've lost sight of the reason you work. Consider why you are doing the specific tasks you perform, or even why you work at all. For example, think about why you are planning a particular meeting and what success would mean. Perhaps you are working on a project and need to remind yourself what the project will accomplish and why your participation matters.
2) Accept the imperfect - While some people enjoy being in an office surrounded by their co-workers, others find it too restrictive and distracting. If you're not enjoying your work, the answer might be to work from home if you can. Your telecommuting experience will depend a lot on your company's rules and your manager's expectations. You may find you are able to keep your own schedule as long as you show up for conference calls and perform your job well. Although you may feel less connected with your co-workers, your work enjoyment and productivity could benefit.
3) Enjoy the people you work with - Find ways to have fun in your workplace while maintaining a professional approach to your work. Smile and engage with your co-workers. Get to know them, perhaps even socially outside of work. If you enjoy spending time with the people you work with, this can go a long way toward making your work more enjoyable. A positive attitude toward your co-workers can also help you cultivate a positive attitude toward your work. One way to express this is to avoid office gossip and, instead, engage in constructive conversations that encourage your co-workers.
🎙️ This episode is hosted by Elena Agaragimova and Ivan Palomino.
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