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October 11, 1999

Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
ISSN: 1533-3906


1. 8 Ways to Bring New Vigor to Your Job
2. Quotes of the Week

Feature Article
Eight ways to Bring New Vigor to Your Job

1) Create a schedule from now until the job ends.
If I know I am leaving a job at a set time - i.e. 3 or 6 months from now - create a schedule in which I can do one thing each day to get me closer to June. Staying focused on the end will allow me to feel better about my current situation because I will become aware that the end is close.

2) Do informational interviews with other employees of the company you work for.
This will open up possibilities you might not of considered within your company. As such, you can make a lateral shift. This might cause a drastic change in environment and increased satisfaction in your work.

3) Have a vacation away from the office.
By taking time away from the office, you will revitalize yourself. This will give you perspective and clarity about your situation. You might come back with a new vigor for your work and realize that the job really is a situation that you need to get out of.

4) Take a class involving subject matter you enjoy - supported by the company.
By using the company to help support your personal goals, you will be bringing the personal satisfaction you get from the outside education into your current work. This could create more enjoyment for the work you are doing.

5) Focus on what is going well.
It's easy to be immersed in the things going wrong when you don't enjoy your job. If you change your focus, your attitude might change and thus your relationship to work has the chance to improve.

6) Create accomplishments at work that can directly affect your resume.
If you know you are leaving a job, direct your energies towards distinct results that can show up on your resume when you are ready to leave. This will inspire you toward the future you are looking to create.

7) Take 15-minute breaks throughout your day.
When you are able to take time away from your work environment which you don't enjoy, you revitalize yourself. This time away, gives you perspective and clarity for your situation. Thus, you won't be inclined to react - versus respond appropriately - to situations you don't enjoy.

8) Change your work week from 5 days to 4 days a week.
If you could increase the number of hours you work per day so you could take one day off a week, this would help you feel rested and restored. Upon returning to your work, it might feel as if you took a vacation because you were able to take care of yourself on your day off.

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Quotes of the Week

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
~ Theodore Roosevelt - 26th U.S. President

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