Intent of the Day: Look at Work Differently

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Everybody’s working for the weekend, right? Popular culture reminds us on every corner that going to work means answering to “the man” and we might not know who “the man” is but we know he probably doesn’t want us to have any fun. But does that have to be the case? Is a job that fulfills and grows you something reserved only for the lucky few? We don’t think so. Our intent is to notice what opportunities are available to us. Our intent is to look forward to our Monday. Our intent is to look at work differently.

How so? Here are 3 things to consider:

  • Look at it as a practice run for your own ideas.
    If you were to launch your own business or want to try out your ideas, much more risk and effort would be involved when it came to experimenting but when you are at work, you have the opportunity to try out ideas in a safer space. Have a new idea for organizing your day to be more efficient? Your job is a great place to practice that organization. Have a marketing plan you want to try? Test run it in a place that already has a market and gain ideas that you can carry forward with you.
  • Look at it as a platform to impact to a greater degree
    Rather than looking at your job as competition with what you love, find a way to marry those two. Perhaps this is a chance for your company sponsors a little league team or get together to serve at a shelter once a month. Now, instead of dividing your time between work and passion projects, you gain the manpower that your office provides and connect them to a cause that matters to you.
  • Look at is as a cue for moving on
    We have a tendency of not knowing when to move on. We stay too long or not long enough but work challenges allow you to gauge where you are with regards to growth. Finding new things that are exciting? This is a great place to dig in! Finding yourself shift into autopilot because you could do your job in your sleep? This might be a good time to talk to your boss about new opportunities. If there is none at your company, this is a time to investigate what else might be out there. Perhaps it will mean transitioning, but it also might mean finding new life in your current position. The point is to discover!
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