How to Get Pleasure from Work
It is not easy to get pleasure from work. There is a lot of frustration. Much is beyond our control. Problems appear in an endless stream. The people we trust can betray us. You can lose money. We can be deduced. We can make mistakes. The chief may be an enemy. The chief may be incompetent. Bureaucracy can interfere with our efficiency.
I and a job
The list of things that can prevent us from getting joy from work is infinite and, for the most part, inevitable. And yet there are people who enjoy work. The main thing is that they feel good while working.
They separate themselves from the results of their work.
This allows them to experience pleasure regardless of the circumstances. This division requires conscious effort, but it's worth it.
Watching thousands of people going to work on Monday mornings, one cannot say that the expression of pleasure is visible on their faces. Many look as if they are being dragged there. There are others - with an expression of determination on their faces: "I need to do something important, and I go there." These people may look a bit grim, but they are motivated. There are also a few who are not at all like those who go to work. They seem to be content with life, doing what they do.
A goal is pleasure at work
How to achieve this goal? The ability to get pleasure, seems, comes to us as a gift, and not as a result. A child does not need to be taught to rejoice. It is natural. Maybe we were taught how not to rejoice, and now we need to unlearn it. A fascinating task!
Let's start with the recognition that we definitely feel something during work. The way we feel when we work is an integral part of the work, no matter how we try to ignore it.
During work, we are somewhere between suffering and ecstasy.
Important questions: where are we in this continuum? In which direction are we moving? Does this matter to us?
Do the following self-assessment. Assess your life at work on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 means the most joyful state (pleasure) that you have ever experienced while working, and 1 - the most unfortunate (suffering).
(Note: if you do not like the word pleasure, use any other that reflects your condition.)
The next step is to ask yourself two questions:
What contributes to the pleasure at work?
What contributes to my suffering?
Here is a small sample of the answers to these questions.
What contributes to the pleasure:
When I work with all my heart
When I do something for the person I want to please
When I have good relations with colleagues
When the whole team works together on a common goal
When I know that my business is an important contribution
When I act according to my choice, not under the pressure
When I like the work I do
What contributes to suffering
When I have a conflict with my colleagues
When the load exceeds my capabilities
When I do not have enough time to do the job well
When I am asked to make changes without any apparent reason
When the work is routine and there is nothing to learn
When I feel that everything I do is evaluated by me and / or other people
When I feel that others do not respect me and (or) I myself
When I'm too emotionally attached to the results
Looking at this list, one can see one integral, critically important for getting pleasure from work - the employee's relationship with himself or herself. How much I value myself, my time and my life, to the extent that I do not allow myself to work in a state of stress or suffering. Wherever I am, the joy of every moment becomes an important priority for me. I ignore the idea that this is selfish.
The first step to improve the quality of joy from work is simply getting a better awareness of it as it is.
Golf players, people who are known to be extremely concerned about the results of the game, were asked to rate the level of joy during the game. Near each hole they marked the number of strokes made and estimated the level of joy on a scale from 1 to 5. First, a strict feedback was found between the number of strokes and the level of joy. As they explained, they are happier when they play well.
However, as they begin to notice joy, they understand that you can enjoy regardless of whether you play good or bad. Without any effort on their part, players discover that the time they "have spent" on suffering after bad shots is shortened.
The same is true for work. We very often try to ignore what we feel at work. We ignore this because we do not understand how this affects the excellent results, and we cannot consider this important. The above technique for assessing one's condition can be used for daily practice for comprehension of pleasure.
Awareness of how you really feel at any time of work is a critically important variable. If you want, you can think about what has influenced the pleasure or lack of it. To your surprise, you will understand the extent to which the awareness is healing.