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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.
To build a meaningful career, identify work that has these ingredients:
Then you can do a self-assessment, asking yourself what your interests are, what motivates you, what are your skill sets and method of working, etc.
Simply sharing and showcasing what you are working on, by going public, sharing what you love, can attract like-minded people to you.
Conduct regular reviews (weekly, monthly and annually) to check if your work aligns with your values.
Finding meaningful work is a long-term process and it helps to get both the micro and macro views.
Create space for deep and high-impact work by planning in advance a distraction-free schedule.
Plan ahead and ensure there are no interruptions during the time you do deep work.
Keep an eye for the small victories, the small steps that are taking you towards your bigger goal.
Celebrate the small wins because they take you closer to your desired career.
Allow yourself to behave differently occasionally, and be out of character if required.
In the course of making massive changes, you may start being a different person. Embrace that change, as it is in pursuit of something meaningful.
Managers in many workplaces are a cause of lack of meaning when they:
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.
Quickest way to add meaning to your life is to see your group of people more often.
Not part of a group? Join one. No groups to join? Start one. It’s as easy as texting people to get together regularly around a common interest.
One of the worst things burnout does is to take away the pleasure you once had in your work. And even after recovering you might not recapture the same enthusiasm you once had.
Instead of joy, you start to dread each day and your previous passion and excitement get lost. Cynicism, lack of enthusiasm, and feeling disconnected from your work are some of the key signs of occupational burnout.