Happy Work

by Lance Ekum on · 66 comments

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Rob Lee

 “Who­ever is happy will make oth­ers happy, too.” ~ Mark Twain

Mon­days.

Tues­days.

Wednes­days.

Well…you get the idea…all week long.

How does your week nor­mally go?  You know, those times when you’re “sup­posed” to be pro­duc­tive.  Maybe you work for your­self, and these times all start to cross fuzzy lines of time slots.  Maybe you work for “the estab­lish­ment” and have some gen­eral Mon­day through Fri­day hours workin’ for the man.  Maybe you’re punch­ing a clock and putting in your time.  Maybe you’re look­ing for one of these, because the eco­nomic con­di­tions of late have cre­ated lean times.  Or…maybe you’re just filthy rich, and none of this matters.

Wher­ever you are in this spec­trum, there are times when you’re “job” is to be pro­duc­tive (in what­ever man­ner you define that).

Have you ever had one of those days where you’re headed out the door (or down the stairs if you work from home) and just think to your­self “Geez, I wish it wasn’t Mon­day already!” (or insert what­ever moment feels right in there for you).

I think we’ve all had these moments.  Moments when we just want to crawl back into bed.  “Ugh.”  “This isn’t going to be fun at all.”

Hav­ing moments like this once in a while, that’s okay.  We’re human.  There will be moments that get to us. 

It’s when these become more than moments, when they become reg­u­lar and recur­ring pat­terns.   That’s when it’s time to stop and ask your­self if this job/career/position is really worth it.  And if it is, is there some way to make the moments hap­pier ones.

Work Happy

We spend a large num­ber of hours in our life­time being pro­duc­tive, in what­ever way our talents/skills/ambitions take us. Except some­times we’re not.  And we’re not our best, and we’re not doing all that is pos­si­ble when we’re not happy. 

The work we do, our voca­tion — plays a huge part in the course of our lives. 

How do you want to spend it?

How about if we could work happy?  Or maybe even just work happier?  

All part of the life we’re each liv­ing.  Our time on earth, in these bod­ies we’ve been given — is finite.  How do you choose to “live” that remain­ing time you have?  Do you wake up in the morn­ing and see the beauty in the day ahead?  Or do you see the drudgery of dead­lines, the rude­ness of cus­tomers, the obsta­cles to deal with? 

Take Action

Today — put a lit­tle extra piz­zazz in your step.  Smile a bit more!  Greet cowork­ers with joy in your voice!  Lis­ten more deeply.  Do some­thing a lit­tle bit goofy.  Embrace your customers!

Find work you truly love and enjoy.  Use recruit­ing soft­ware.  Talk to friends.

Be the hap­pi­ness you wish to see in this world!

Make Today Great!

Wher­ever today takes you, look at the hap­pi­ness you can add to the day — for you, and for oth­ers!   Every­one wins!

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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