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End of Year Work Top 10 [Fulfillment@Work]

Fulfillment @ Work

   December 19, 2007
   ISSN: 1533-3906


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It's that time of year again. Everybody seems to be coming out with their "top 10" lists. You know the ones: the top ten news stories of 2007, the year's top 10 movies, the year's 10 most thrilling athletic plays and so on.

So I'd like to add my list to the list of lists. But, instead of looking back, I want to focus on the year ahead.

If you're like most people, you're probably not looking forward to returning to work after the holidays. It's tough to get excited about the New Year when you have to play "catch up" with your calendar and inbox. As much as you'd like it to be a clean slate, the New Year often means struggling with the same problems from the past.

While my list might not be as tantalizing as "Hollywood's top ten celebrity breakups," I guarantee you it will pay off if you're looking to restore balance and sanity into your work life.

Enjoy the holiday season and a terrific New Year!




10 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Job Again

1. Do More of What You Enjoy Most.

What's the most satisfying or personally rewarding part of your job? Look for opportunities to do more of this type of work. Let others know your interests and you may find ways to collaborate, delegate or find win-win situations.

2. Get Organized.

How would you like to have an extra week next year to devote on tip #1? It's easy. All you have to do is organize your work to save 10-15 minutes a day. By getting organized, you can often eliminate or reduce the time you spend on less productive (and less satisfying) tasks.

3. Set Personal Goals.

Setting weekly, monthly and annually goals keeps you focused on what's most important. Goals also give you a sense of accomplishment when you achieve them. Remember that if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.

4. Learn to Say "No."

Look at your calendar. How many of those meetings and conference calls are really (I mean really) necessary? How many committees or taskforces are you on where you are making a meaningful contribution? An unproductive 30-minute meeting you say "no" to frees up 30 minutes you can spend on - you guessed it - tip #1!

5. Find Meaning and Significance in What You Do.

Think about how your job relates to the "big picture" of your company. Crunching numbers for a weekly report may seem routine or inconsequential, yet it might mean the difference between a successful sale or a satisfied customer. Remember the story of the two bricklayers. When asked what he was building, the first replied, "a brick wall." When asked the same question, the second bricklayer said, "I'm building a cathedral."

6. Don't Sweat the Stuff You Can't Control.

Write down the things that stress you out at work. Circle the ones you have control over and cross out those over which you have no control. Vow to stop spending energy of the items you crossed out. Instead, redirect your energy on finding solutions to the problems you can impact.

7. Be Enthusiastic (and Spend Time with Others Who Are).

Dale Carnegie once observed, "If you act enthusiastic, you'll be enthusiastic." Enthusiasm energizes and invigorates a workplace. You'll build confidence in yourself and earn the confidence of others. If you have a reputation for enthusiasm, you're more likely to be asked to participate in challenging projects and assignments.

8. Learn from the Best Around You.

Who in your office seems to really enjoy - and excel - at their work? What can you learn from them? People who like coming to work radiate positiveness and their spirit can be infectious. Let their energy rub off on you.

9. Seek Out and Celebrate the Small Victories.

Why wait weeks or months to celebrate major achievements (like meeting quarterly goals) when there are numerous opportunities to show pride and gratitude in your - and your colleagues' - accomplishments. Celebrations make people feel more connected and valued.

10. Keep a List of Your Accomplishments.

Celebrate your own accomplishments, too. Keep a list of
them - large and small - next to your phone or computer. When times are tough, they'll remind you that, in spite of everything, you are competent and you will succeed. This list will also prove handy (and perhaps profitable) during your next performance appraisal.



"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."

~ Pearl Buck

"The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office."

~ Robert Frost

"My father always told me, 'Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.'"

~ Jim Fox



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