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How to Make Tasks Matter and Find Meaning in Your Work

Cultivate Self Awareness

Ask yourself concrete questions to reveal your truth:

What are you working for? What impact do you want to create in your job? What skills do you want to develop and leverage?

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How to Make Tasks Matter and Find Meaning in Your Work

How to Make Tasks Matter and Find Meaning in Your Work

https://zapier.com/blog/make-work-meaningful/

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Find What Gives Your Work Meaning

Is it a connection to a certain cause? Is it engaging one of your skills or personal passions? Is it serving a specific population? Everyone has their own causes, the things that give their life meaning. Without knowing what you’re chasing, your quest for meaning will turn into a wild goose chase. So it’s worth reflecting on your “why” before you pursue any major changes.

Cultivate Self Awareness

Ask yourself concrete questions to reveal your truth:

What are you working for? What impact do you want to create in your job? What skills do you want to develop and leverage?

Write a Career Mantra

Keep it short and simple—just focus on what gets you out the door every day. 

Your mantra should encompass who you are, where you want to go, and the impact you want to make during your 9-to-5. 

Recraft Your Job

Stop viewing your job description as a static, unchanging list of responsibilities. Even if that list completely reflected your career aspirations when you applied, you and your role probably evolved since then. 

Approach your job title as a fluid set of activities—which you can change to fit your skillset and personal passions.

3 Main Ways To Recraft Your Job

  • Change your tasks: modify your actual tasks to more closely match your goals and desired skills. Automate your tedious time-wasters and stop multitasking.
  • Change relationships: identify how your effort might positively impact another person.
  • Change perceptions: selectively focus on preferred tasks. 

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Finding meaning
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How to find meaningful work

Define what meaningful work means to you.

Find your own personal satisfaction and connection to your work. It could be the people you work with or a project you are passionate about.

Personal engagement

There’s always some level of personal investment in your work.

If what you're doing has a positive impact, it adds up and makes you feel proud of what you’re working on.

Meaning in Life
  • Many of us struggle with finding meaning, as we are busy with our daily work and distractions.
  • Meaning in life provides us with the purpose of getting up daily, energized and pepped up...
Meaningful Work

21–35% of our life is spent at work, making it a crucial part of our lives to spend at something we find meaning in.

Meaningful work should be:

  • Motivating and purposeful.
  • Should be coherent and make some sense.
  • Should be significant.
Connected with a Purpose

Meaningful work is when we feel a genuine connection with what we do for a living and our larger spectrum of life.

It is motivating, creates deep relationships and helps others.

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Identify issues

Determine where you are in your career. 

Identify how you got there and why you might lack fulfillment in your professional life.

Establish the core values

These are the non-negotiable values you want to be known and remembered for.

Once you have identified your values, look at your personality, skills and interests to make sure that they align with your current occupation.

Ask the big questions

These are questions like “What do I really want?” or “Should I change careers?

The more grounded you are with the answers to these important questions, the better able you are to reach your true goals.

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Start with “why”

Why am I doing this?  Ask yourself why until you understand your actions and decide how to reach your goal.

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The modern workplace

In the last decades, organizations are increasingly becoming more global, complex, and demanding of workers’ time. In the always-on, always-connected work environment, boundaries are overlapping and combining. 

If you can’t adapt, can’t see situations in versatile ways, can’t find meaning in the most dreary circumstances, you might not survive.

The downsides of too much adapting

The downsides to always adapting, always flexible, always changing gears could lead to a lack of direction and commitment. In turn, a lack of direction could lead to failure.

We don’t want to entertain the possibility that it might fail. We just imagine that things are definitely going to work.

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Belonging To A group

Quickest way to add meaning to your life is to see your group of people more often. 

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Give Your Work A Purpose

It is less about what you do and more about how you see what you do.

Qualities a purpose needs:

  • It's a stable and far-reaching goal. You need something that motivates you and that you can organize your actions around.
  • It involves a contribution to the world. It makes a difference in the lives of people who don’t happen to be you.
Craft Your Story

You have a story you tell yourself about your life — whether you realize it or not.

A trend in the stories that people with meaningful lives tell themselves -  redemption stories: the tellers move from suffering to salvation — they experience a negative event followed by a positive event that resulted from the negative event and therefore gives their suffering some meaning.

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Your "why" matters

It doesn’t matter how big your paycheck is or what your title is to find meaning in your work.

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Identify and embrace your purpose

Consider your personality and interests and think thoughtfully about how you want your skills to help others.

Maybe you’re an outgoing content marketer who wants to start using your data research skills more to come up with a strategy.

You’re looking for an overlap between all three—personality, interests and skills. Then you'll be able to more accurately integrate your purpose into your current position.

Participation

You’re never going to get anywhere or accomplish anything if you don’t make an effort.

Building a life that matters requires participation.

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Factors For Meaningful Work

Three factors are important for meaningful work:

  1. Autonomy: Being in control
  2. Complexity: Learning new skills and overcoming challenges
  3. Effort and reward: Being able to visualize your life goals in your work.
Being in Control

Being your own boss is one of the main factors of finding meaning in your work. It makes you more invested and allows real innovation.

  • You can ask for some flexibility in your work and build trust.
  • You can start a personal side project where you are in full control
  • You can redefine your work, and delve into areas you are passionate about.

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Why Set Personal Goals
  • You are in charge. Personal goals force you to take responsibility for the actual efforts and progress.
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“Which? Why? What? How?” Technique

... for choosing personal goals. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Ask yourself which aspect of your life you would like to change most.
  2. Think about why you want to change this.
  3. How will that change make you feel? Determine what exactly will make you feel this way.
  4. Ask yourself how you can make this happen and then make it your personal goal.
The Life Balance Chart Technique
  • Draw a chart. Write down each of the various areas of your life (family, health, self-development, career, relationships) in a new column or line.
  • Assess your current happiness level in each of these categories by giving it a score from 1 to 10.
  • Think what will make you be fully satisfied with these areas. Write down your ideas – you will be able to transform them into personal plans.

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Seneca

“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”

Seneca
A personal Philosophy

We all need personal philosophy in life or we risk wandering and responding to random stimuli and information with little or no impact on our long-term goals.

Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.”

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Start With the Right Perspective

If you’re convinced that finding your passion is hard, or that it’s not going to happen for you, you’ll remain closed to possibilities. 

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Get Out Your Metal Detector

If you scan the landscape of your life, you’ll notice certain experiences peak up. It’s so valuable to delve into these “peak moments” and extract the key ingredients.
Make a list of the ingredients that truly mattered in your peak moments; don’t be distracted by the counterfeits.

Look for the Umbrella

When you look at all the ingredients that matter to you, they might at first seem entirely disconnected. Let’s say you love French, drinking coffee, playing with words, analyzing and categorizing, and being a leader within a community. How could you construct a career from these? 

Seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath.

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