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Meaningful Work

Meaningful Work

While a majority of people struggle to find meaningful work, those who are fortunate enough to have it, have another challenge: Staying connected with that meaning.

It is easy to lose sight of the meaning and why we care about it, as we get stuck in the endless list of tasks. Even if we stay focused on our work, the never-ending tasks can make us lose track of our main objective.

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Possibility and Motivation
Possibility and Motivation

When we are not interested to take action, and we're feeling no motivation to do a certain a task, it means we are not connected to some possibility in our lives. If we get clear on that possib...

Committing to Possibility: Create Daily Structure

After you've identified and committed to your possibility, it’s important to bring structure into your daily schedule.
This can take many forms:

  • Assign blocks for your meaningful tasks in your schedule
  • Consider taking accountability buddies to make sure you stick to your plan
  • Schedule daily sessions where you write for an hour
  • Schedule video calls every day with your accountability buddies, where you do 2 hours of focused work on the call together
  • Think of a consequence for not doing your commitment.
Committing to Possibility: Train Your Action Muscle

Connecting to possibility and creating a daily structure are important steps , but then you have to actually put it into action. This step is crucial.

Take on the hard tasks, in small chunks. Check things off your list, while feeling the meaning and possibility you’re creating.

Moving Away From Pseudo-Work
Moving Away From Pseudo-Work

Pseudo-work is when one works just for the sake of work, and is productive on paper but hasn’t really achieved anything substantial, or contributed to one’s core objective.

Focusing on Meaningful Work
  • When the focus is on the essential, we start to work on what matters to us the most. It makes us avoid the urgent work shoved in our faces which may not be important at all.
  • Focusing on meaningful work helps us prioritize our day in the order that aligns with our purpose and mission. It makes us less stressed out and more joyful.
  • Productive work, which is challenging and even discomforting is welcomed as it is important and meaningful to our lives. The distractions then no longer disturb us as we are giving the work our entire focus.
Keys To Essential Meaningful Productivity
  1. Be clear on what matters to you, and focus on that.
  2. A lack of structure makes the entire day random and accidental. It is good to have a certain structure for all your tasks while keeping it flexible.
  3. Remind yourself the reason for it being important to you, and then give it your heart and soul. Keep yourself in a playful, relaxed mode.
  4. Move towards any fear you encounter, and not away from it. It may be a small obstacle but our psychological fears make us feel discomfort or groundlessness.
  5. Batch out small errands into specific, time-bound activities, leaving time for more important things.
Doing Something Out Of Force

When we do something out of force, even though we don’t want to do it, it creates stress, and feels uncomfortable and difficult.

When we procrastinate, we feel guilty becau...

Doing The Hard Stuff Easily
  • Our mindset can help us to do challenging, difficult tasks.
  • If we choose to participate in an experience, which we know is uncomfortable, difficult or taxing to us (like running, for example), it does not feel forced.
  • If we love the activity, or the experience, the rush, the sweat, the wind, then it is not difficult for us. We are doing it on our own accord.
Feeling In The Mood To Do Something

Most of us believe that we have to feel in the mood to do something: we should be excited and concentrated and the activity should be easy, fun, comfortable.

That results in running from the things that feel hard, overwhelming, uncomfortable.