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How to Find Meaning in a Job That Feels Meaning-less

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.

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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.

What matters is 'why'. Figure out what you care about to give you direction and that sense of purpose.

  • “Why do you wake up in the morning?"
  • "How will you make an impact?"
  • "How can you put your talents and gifts to use?"

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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You can find meaning in any work

There are doctors who see their work only as a job, and janitors who see their work as a calling.

No matter what job you have, you can find meaning in it. Rewrite your job description to be more calling-focused. Think of your own personal goals in life. How can your current job tasks be connected to this larger purpose?

Find meaning in your job

  • Jot down a mandatory work task you find devoid of meaning—something you dread.
  • Ask yourself what the purpose of the task is and write it down.
  • Ask yourself what this result leads to. Write it down.
  • Continue this process until you find a meaningful result.

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 ...

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. 

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Remote Working

It’s almost hard to imagine now that people would commute 2 hours each way, from home to office and back, hopping buses and trains. Remote working, as discovered by millions recently, has plenty of...

Challenges In Remote Working

Remote working is not without its challenges, with many feeling isolated and unmotivated, being left on their own.

Communication is trickier with colleagues and bosses, and there is a general lack of transparency and chances of overworking.

Tools Of A Good Remote Worker

  • Being Tech Savvy: A Good PC/Laptop, the latest tools and software for the job, and a reliable internet connection are a must for most remote working profiles.
  • Good Communication Skills: Most of the communication will be written, and one should be able to articulate complex concepts and subtleties while being concise. This link provides a handy guide.

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