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5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction

This article, which I’ve renamed 5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction, really caught my attention as it’s something that I feel incredibly passionate about. Beverly D. Flaxington for Psychology Today explains how around two thirds of people in the US and Canada are dissatisfied with their jobs. Two thirds of people! We spend 5 days out of 7 every week at work – that’s a massive proportion of our lives. It’s really upsetting to think just how many people are not happy with their work and it proves that society as we know it, simply does not work. On a lighter note, there are ways in which you can improve your job satisfaction which Beverly Flaxington explains.

5 Ways To Focus On Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction(1)    Focus on what you do want, not what you don’t want. When we are dissatisfied in our jobs, we can easily put our finger on what’s bothering us: We hate the boss. The work is too hard. There isn’t enough time in the day to do everything. The culture is oppressive. The list could be one short, yet problematic thing, or it could be replete with things we can’t stand. Instead of focusing our brain on what we don’t like, or don’t want, turn it around. Take the time to focus on what you do want. What kind ofenvironment would you like to work in? What kind of boss would you like to have? Paint a picture – both mentally and in writing – of what you would enjoy. Get clear on where you’d like to head next. Turn your attention to where you want to go. Put up a picture, write on 3 X 5 cards you keep nearby or develop a mantra about a future state that would be healthy for you. Turn the focus on your desired outcome.

(2)    Make a list of things you enjoy about your job. Let’s face it – there has to be something that’s good. At a minimum, you are getting paid. Possibly you are learning something new. Or you like a co-worker, or the commute is easy. I once had a job I absolutely hated, but I was in a reverse commute where I was going against the major flow of traffic to and from work every day. For the entire time I traveled to and fro, I used it well. I listened to music I love. I bought audio tapes. I used the time to plan ideas for my next career. Find the things that you can feel positive about. Write them down. Every time you find yourself feeling dissatisfied or down, take out the list and read it. Orient your mind to what’s currently positive in the situation.

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If you do feel you need to stick with your job, for whatever reason, then I think these 5 ways to focus on job satisfaction are some great words of advice. When I felt like I was stuck in a rut at my last employment, I’d often look around me, and notice people in a worse situation than me, and it would make me realise just how lucky I was. I’d also count my lucky stars that I was working with such an awesome group of people who became friends. They essentially kept me there actually. I think it’s really important not to lose sight of where you want to go, and to focus on what you want. Don’t drift from week to week thinking that that’s life – because it’s absolutely not, it doesn’t have to be at all. Living for the weekends is not what life is about. Too many people fall into that trap. Each and every one of us has something of value that we can bring to the world in some way or another. It’s just up to us to figure out how to do that, and to grow a pair to make it happen. The internet has opened up so much scope for people to make money using their own skills and creativity. Seek, and you shall find.

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