Recipe for work happiness
You don't have to look hard to find a motivational quote.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do" - Steve Jobs
How about a do this/get that work strategy.
"Sharpen the saw" by Steven Covey. Preserve and enhance the greatest asset - you!
There are rows and rows of books in the stores on ways to find happiness in your work -- thousands if you go online.
The issue I have with these quotes is they address work happiness at the macro-level. If you love what you do, you will do great work. Let's be serious, there are always parts of work that you don't want to do. I am doing work that I love, but there are times I don't love it. I can list the specific things I don't love. When the things I don't love take more time than the things I love - I take action - find a way to love what I am doing most of my day.
A regular day, not just a business day, is filled with mini-tasks that require a decision to be made. Each decision can take my day down a different path or towards a different result. The thought of making the wrong decision creates stress.
What if every decision, or at least the ones that require thought or instill stress, had to be put through a filter. The filter was a formula that took the facts and spit out your decision.
For work happiness. Take the problem, sift it through the following three tools and get a result.
(3) Belief that a higher being is in control of the outcome.
Boundaries. When I say yes to something it means I am saying no to something else. There are only 24 hours in a day and boundaries relate to time. When I don't filter the problem through my boundaries filter (because I'm too busy or am I forgetting what is important to me), I end up with a messy outcome - I am over-scheduled, lacking time for myself and time taken from my family. If I were to work on one thing everyday of my life it would be an acute awareness of my boundaries; to know the line and hold it.
Take away: run the decision through your boundaries filter - what are you giving up to gain?
Self-Respect. This is a new one for me. I use to lump self-respect in with confidence, being assertive and sticking up for myself. All of those qualities are part of self-respect, but more to the point, I learned self-respect includes not feel guilty for asking for something that I deserve. Without focusing on self-respect everyday, I will get taken advantage of because of my kindness.
Take away: run the problem through the self-respect filter - is the outcome equally beneficial to me and the other person? Or am I unnecessarily playing the martyr?
Belief in a higher being. When I get manic about a case because I am at a crucial point, the warm blanket on a cold night is my faith in God. As much as I can try to control what I want to have happen in a case. It isn't up to me. God has placed me in my role as an attorney and blessed me with the skills to serve others. The biggest test of my faith is to do the best I can, and leave the rest to him.
Take away: run the problem up through the higher power filter - put in the best you can - then let it go.